A popular game show host, “who was the face of NBC’s game shows during the ‘70s and ‘80s, died Friday — less than two weeks after his 82nd birthday,” reports the New York Daily News.
Jim Perry was best known for having hosted “Card Sharks” from 1978 to 1982. He then hosted “Sale of the Century” from 1983 to 1989.
“After a five-year battle with cancer, Perry died surrounded by his wife and children in Oregon,” says the Daily News, adding, this statement from Perry’s family, “Today we lost the greatest father, friend and husband anybody could ever wish for.”
According to Entertainment Weekly, “Perry found TV fame in both the United States and Canada. The New Jersey-born University of Pennsylvania grad toiled on Armed Forces Radio in the 1950s during the Korean War and went on to play Sid Caesar’s straight man in Las Vegas.
“His early American TV gigs included hosting 1967’s short-lived game show ‘It’s Your Move’ and serving as the announcer on 1969’s ‘That Show with Joan Rivers.’
Adds the Daily News story, “The high-energy game show star retired after ‘Sale of Century’ was canceled in 1989,” when he was 55. “Since then,’ the Daily News article continues, ‘Perry wrote two self-awareness books and was last seen on television in the late 1990s promoting one of the books.”