Tom Kennedy – one of America’s best-known game show hosts… known for a multitude of shows including “Name That Tune” – has died, according to his friend, Steve Beverly. The cause of death is not known but Tom had been ill for several months. The guy was a TV titan, having served as the host of a number of successful game shows including “Split Second”, “You Don’t Say!” And of course… “NTT”, which he hosted for several years in the 70s and 80s. Could we say… “Name That Tune” could be the best game show of all time. Tom also hosted a syndicated version of “The Price Is Right” … with Bob Barker taking care of the daytime tasks and Tom leading the night shift. There is much more to his game show credits… Kennedy has appeared on “Doctor IQ”, “Match Game”, “It Takes Two”, “It’s Your Bet”, “Password”, “Break the Bank”, “Hollywood Squares, “” To say the least “,” Phew !, “” Password Plus “,” Wheel of Fortune “,” Body language “,” Family feud “,” Word game “,” Card sharks “,” Oh My Word, “” The Big Game “and many more. He has also been an advertiser for a bunch of projects, including Betty WhiteThe first comedy series of “Date with Angels”, as well as variety shows like “The Polka Parade”, “Going, Going, Gone! And “About Faces”. Kennedy also dabbled in traditional acting – he performed in a bunch of one-off spots on shows like “That Girl”, “Cannon” and “Hardcastle and McCormick”. BTW, Kennedy was there to help give Kathie Lee Gifford (then Johnson) her first big break from television – she was the singer on “Name That Tune”. The legendary host is survived by several children, whom he shared with his late wife, Betty Gevedon. He was 93 years old. TEAR
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