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Man Who Designed the Wheel on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ — Whose Work Is Also Seen on ‘$25,000 Pyramid’ and Countless Other Game Shows — Dead at 79

Jul 20, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The man who designed the wheel on "Wheel of Fortune" has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Veteran television art director Ed Flesh was 79.

Flesh conceived of the wheel that spins horizontally instead of vertically for NBC’s "Wheel of Fortune," just one of the many TV game show designs he came up with during a prolific career. His other game show work includes "The New Newlywed Game," "Name That Tune," "Jeopardy!" and "The $25,000 Pyramid."

“He truly was a master of his craft,” said Bob Eubanks, who hosted "The New Newlywed Game." Flesh also designed the sets for David Letterman’s first talk show for NBC daytime, "The Montel Williams Show" and three special editions of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," for appearances by stars including Madonna and Barbra Streisand.

Flesh died Friday in Mission Hills, Calif.

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