“Forgotten Hollywood”- Iconic Game Show Host Has Died!

Posted on February 27, 2014 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   Jim Lange was known to television viewers as the host of game shows, including The Dating Game. He also worked in the San Francisco and Los Angeles radio markets, racking up over 45 years on the air.

Jim_Lange_1971   His network television career began in San Francisco with The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show in 1962, where Lange was announcer and sidekick. Three years later, he signed on to host The Dating Game. His other daytime game show included Hollywood Connection, $100,000 Name That Tune, and The New Newlywed Game. During December 2002, he appeared on Hollywood Squares for their Game Show Week.

   As a genial host of The Dating Game, he introduced many celebrity guests. Sally Field, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steve Martin, Tom Selleck, Andy Kaufman, Farah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, Lee Majors, John Ritter,  Ron Howard, Paul Lynde, Richard Dawson, Jay North, Suzanne Somers,  Burt Reynolds, Barry Williams, Steve Martin, Maureen McCormick, and Phil Hartman. His closing trademark was to blow a kiss to viewers (alongside winning contestants), while strains of a tune resembling something written by Herb Alpert playing at the end of each program.                         JIM LANGE —–>

the dating game

   Jim became so popular that he appeared as himself on Bewitched, Laverne & Shirley, and Moesha. He also had a cinematic cameo in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.

   Jim Lange was 81.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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