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Born: February 22, 1918 Cause of Death:
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Beloved as the baritone voice of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), Don Pardo read the cast roll at the start of that late night comedy juggernaut for several decades, right from its inception in 1975. Aside from the 1981-82 season when the show was in a state of creative flux and hired a new announcer, Pardo rarely missed an episode and became almost as identified with the program as any of the comedic superstars it spawned. In his early days, he had worked for a time as a radio actor and was offered his first announcing job. His considerable aptitude soon earned him employment with NBC and he transitioned from radio to television, enjoying a lengthy run as the announcer for the earliest incarnations of "The Price is Right" (NBC/ABC/CBS, 1955- ) and "Jeopardy!" (NBC/syndicated, 1964- ). The most complicated, alliterative copy flowed smoothly and effortlessly when read by Pardo and his unmistakable delivery made him one of television's greatest vocal talents. That gravitas and professionalism was just what Lorne Michaels desired for his upstart late night program, providing both a perfect contrast to its counter-culture brand of humor and a connection to the classic television the show's talent was...

Beloved as the baritone voice of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), Don Pardo read the cast roll at the start of that late night comedy juggernaut for several decades, right from its inception in 1975. Aside from the 1981-82 season when the show was in a state of creative flux and hired a new announcer, Pardo rarely missed an episode and became almost as identified with the program as any of the comedic superstars it spawned. In his early days, he had worked for a time as a radio actor and was offered his first announcing job. His considerable aptitude soon earned him employment with NBC and he transitioned from radio to television, enjoying a lengthy run as the announcer for the earliest incarnations of "The Price is Right" (NBC/ABC/CBS, 1955- ) and "Jeopardy!" (NBC/syndicated, 1964- ). The most complicated, alliterative copy flowed smoothly and effortlessly when read by Pardo and his unmistakable delivery made him one of television's greatest vocal talents. That gravitas and professionalism was just what Lorne Michaels desired for his upstart late night program, providing both a perfect contrast to its counter-culture brand of humor and a connection to the classic television the show's talent was weaned on. One of only two performers to ever have a lifetime contract with NBC, Pardo's authoritative, but energetic and joyous delivery was an indisputable part of the network's history and a key component of the legacy of "Saturday Night Live."

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 Radio Days (1987) "Guess That Tune" Host
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1938:
Made radio debut on Providence, RI station WJAR-AM as member of 20th Century Players acting group
1944:
Joined NBC Radio as staff announcer
1946:
Began providing commentary for baseball games that aired on NBC¿s experimental television broadcasts
1949:
Made TV acting debut on "NBC Presents" episode "Anything But Love"
1953:
Appeared on Gene Rayburn children¿s game show "Choose up Sides" (NBC)
1956:
Served as announcer for popular game show "The Price Is Right" (NBC, ABC, Syndicated)
1963:
First reported news of President John F. Kennedy's assassination on NBC
1964:
Worked as announcer on "Jeopardy!" (NBC, Syndicated); only missed one show out of more than 2,700
1975:
Began longtime career as announcer for "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
1987:
Cast as a game show host in Woody Allen's "Radio Days"
1992:
Landed roles as announcer in comedy features "Honeymoon in Vegas" and "Stay Tuned"
2004:
Announced retirement; continued providing intros for "SNL"
2009:
Made cameo on NBC sitcom "30 Rock," created by "SNL" alum Tina Fey
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