TV Fixture Who Hosted a String of Game Shows Dead at 83

Mar 6, 2014  •  Post A Comment

A television and radio veteran who hosted game shows including “Jackpot,” “Treasure Hunt” and "Shoot for the Stars" has died. Reuters reports that Geoff Edwards died Wednesday at 83 of complications from pneumonia.

His agent, Fred Westbrook, said the illness was sudden and that Edwards had recently been appearing on radio and writing a travel blog.

The report notes that Edwards was “known for his relaxed style, including wearing his hair longer than other hosts of the day." A native of Westfield, N.J., Edwards received a Daytime Emmy nomination in 1976 for hosting "Jackpot."

"He hosted both ‘Treasure Hunt’ and ‘The New Treasure Hunt,’ as it was known in the 1970s,” the story notes.

Edwards also acted, with a recurring role on the comedy series “Petticoat Junction” and an appearance on the final episode of “Trapper John, M.D.,” in which he played a game show host, the report adds. He also did guest spots on "That Girl," "I Dream of Jeannie," "Diff’rent Strokes," "Police Woman" and other series.

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