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Don Pardo
Original name: Dominick George Pardo
Birth: Feb. 22, 1918
Westfield
Hampden County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Aug. 18, 2014
Tucson
Pima County
Arizona, USA

Announcer, Voice Actor. In a career that spanned eight decades, he will best be remembered as the voice of 'Saturday Night Live'. Born Dominick George Pardo, he acted in high school productions and won the Newton Perkins Prize for public speaking in his senior year. He attended Bostonís Emerson College, hoping to become an actor but decided on radio instead. As a member of the 20th Century Players, he performed regularly on local radio station WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island, an affiliate of NBC, where the station manager heard him deliver a lengthy narration and offered him a job as an announcer. In 1944, while visiting NBC in New York City, he was asked to audition for a network job, recorded a demo tape, and was offered a position within a few days. In the summer of 1946, he did play-by-play on television for baseball games at Yankee Stadium, Ebbets Field and the Polo Grounds. He then moved on to a career as a game show announcer, working on 'Winner Take All', 'Three on a Match', 'Call My Bluff', 'Jackpot' and, starting in 1956, the Bill Cullen-hosted 'The Price Is Right', where he also warmed up the studio audience before the cameras rolled. On Nov. 22, 1963, Pardo was among the first to tell the nation about the assassination attempt on President John F. Kennedy. In 1964, he joined Merv Griffinís new show 'Jeopardy', remaining with that show for 11 years, missing only one broadcast out of more than the 2,700 that were aired. Pardo was a 31-year NBC veteran when Lorne Michaels hired him as the announcer for 'Saturday Night Live', which debuted on Sept. 11, 1975. Working inside Studio 8H at Rockefeller Center, each week he intoned, "Itís Saturday Night Live!" before introducing the castmembers, guest host and musical guest ó a signature part of the show. He remained with 'SNL' for nearly 40 years. Aside from countless TV commercials, among other shows he worked on were 'All Star Revue', 'Caesarís Hour', 'The Colgate Comedy Hour', 'The Jonathan Winters Show', 'Follow Your Heart', 'Three Steps to Heaven', 'Search for Tomorrow', 'Dream On', 'Oz', 'The Simpsons', '30 Rock' and on the films 'Radio Days' (1987) and 'Stay Tuned' (1992). In 2010, he became the first announcer to be inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in recognition for a lifetime in broadcasting. (bio by: Louis M.) 
 
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  Catherine Lyons Pardo (1921 - 1995)*
 
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Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Louis M.
Record added: Aug 18, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 134557350
Don Pardo
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Don Pardo
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No one had a voice quite like you! Rest in peace.
- namesake
 Added: May. 22, 2015

- Brandon Burns
 Added: Mar. 6, 2015

- Bennett Turk
 Added: Feb. 26, 2015
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