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Also Known As: Mark L Goodson Died: December 18, 1992
Born: January 24, 1915 Cause of Death: pancreatic cancer
Birth Place: Sacramento, California, USA Profession: producer, executive, newscaster, station director, director, publisher, radio announcer, disc jockey, writer

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The king of the game shows, Mark Goodson midwifed some of TV's most popular and enduring if frivolous institutions, including "The Price Is Right," "Family Feud," "Password," "To Tell the Truth," "The Match Game," "What's My Line," "I've Got a Secret," and "Beat the Clock." Many of these series began in primetime and achieved immortality through syndication. Most of this vast entertainment empire was created under the auspices of Goodson-Todman Productions (formed in 1946 when Goodson joined forces with Bill Todman). Amid the merriment, the duo also ventured into the more treacherous realm of TV drama with the likes of "The Rebel" (1959-62), "Jefferson Drum" (1958-59), "Branded" (1965-66) and "Richard Boone Repertory Theater" (1963-64).

The king of the game shows, Mark Goodson midwifed some of TV's most popular and enduring if frivolous institutions, including "The Price Is Right," "Family Feud," "Password," "To Tell the Truth," "The Match Game," "What's My Line," "I've Got a Secret," and "Beat the Clock." Many of these series began in primetime and achieved immortality through syndication. Most of this vast entertainment empire was created under the auspices of Goodson-Todman Productions (formed in 1946 when Goodson joined forces with Bill Todman). Amid the merriment, the duo also ventured into the more treacherous realm of TV drama with the likes of "The Rebel" (1959-62), "Jefferson Drum" (1958-59), "Branded" (1965-66) and "Richard Boone Repertory Theater" (1963-64).

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 Fear on Trial (1975) Himself
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1937:
First entertainment job: worked as a disc jockey at radio station KCBS in San Francisco
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Hired by Mutual Broadcasting System station KRFC as an announcer, newscaster, and station director
1941:
Moved to New York City
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Worked as a freelance radio announcer
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Emceed his first radio game show, "The Jack Dempsey Sports Quiz"
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Worked as an actor on radio in "We the People" during World War II
1943:
Created his first network radio series, an ABC drama entitled "Appointment With Life," based on the files of a marriage counselor
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Wrote and directed installments of "The Kate Smith Variety Hour"
1946:
Began TV producing career by teaming with Bill Todman to form Goodson-Todman Productions
1946:
First Goodson-Todman game show, "Winner Take All," premiered on CBS radio
1950:
Created "What's My Line," an overnight hit that ran for 17 years on CBS primetime
1956:
Goodson-Todman became the largest packager of game shows in the US
1956:
Created "To Tell the Truth"
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Goodson-Todman began creating dramatic TV series including "The Rebel," "Jefferson Drum," "Branded," and "Richard Boone Repertory Theater"
1961:
Created "Password"
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Created the Goodson Newspaper Group, consolidating earlier purchases of chains of daily and weekly newspapers
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Served as president and board chairman of Mark Goodson Productions until his death
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Notes

Goodson was inducted into the Academy of TV Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame (1992)

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son:
Jonathan Goodson. Executive. Survived him; replaced him as president/chairman at Mark Goodson Productions.
daughter:
Marjorie Goodson Cutt. Survived him.
daughter:
Jill Goodson Bishop. Survived him.

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