“Forgotten Hollywood”- Television Mainstay…

Posted on July 2, 2020 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`Hugh Downs was a genial, versatile broadcaster who was one of television’s most familiar faces with over fifteen thousand hours on news, game, and talk shows. He was a host on NBC’s Today, the game show Concentration, and co-hosted ABC’s magazine show 20/20 with Barbara Walters.                          HUGH DOWNS –>

“`Downs began his broadcasting career as a twelve-dollar-a-week announcer on a small Ohio radio station. He was an announcer in Chicago, which was a television incubator in the 1950, for Kukla Fran and Ollie and Hawkins Falls, which was the small screen’s first soap opera. In 1954, he went to New York for The Home Show.

“`Downs became a bona fide television personality as Jack Paar’s announcer on The Tonight Show from mid-1957,  when he replaced Franklin Pangborn, until Paar’s sudden departure in 1962. Downs also appeared as a panelist on the television game show To Tell the Truth and played himself in an episode of NBC’s sitcom Car 54 Where Are You?.

“`Downs was certified by Guinness Book of World Records as holding the record for greatest number of hours on network commercial television, though he lost the record for most hours on all forms of television to Regis Philbin in 2004. Downs was one of the initial inductees into the American TV Game Show Hall of Fame in Las Vegas.

“`The ubiquitous Hugh Downs was ninety-nine.

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Until next time>                               “never forget”

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