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Bill Todman

  • Original Name William
  • Birth 31 Jul 1916 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Death 29 Jul 1979 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Burial Hastings-on-Hudson, Westchester County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 7219924

Television Producer. Along with his business partner Mark Goodson, they created Goodson-Todman Productions and specialized in early television game shows from 1948 until 1982. Born William S. Todman in New York City, New York, his father owned a Wall Street accounting firm. In 1948 he teamed up with Mark Goodson with their first television game show "Winner Take All" that debuted on CBS in July 1948. Other television game shows soon followed, including "It's News To Me," "The Price Is Right," "To Tell the Truth," "What's My Line?," "Double Dare," "Say When!!," "I've Got a Secret," "Match Game," "Play Your Hunch," "Family Feud," "Password," "Beat the Clock," "Card Sharks," and "Tattletales." His production company was also involved with the drama westerns "Jefferson Drum" (1958 to 1959), "The Rebel" (1959 to 1961), and "Branded" (1965 to 1966). He would eventually diversify the production company into other ventures, including newspaper, radio, and real estate businesses. He died from a heart condition in New York City, New York at the age of 62. In 2011 he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. His son, Bill Todman, Jr., became a successful film producer.

Bio by: William Bjornstad





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  • Added: 28 Feb 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7219924
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Bill Todman (31 Jul 1916–29 Jul 1979), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7219924, citing Mount Hope Cemetery, Hastings-on-Hudson, Westchester County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .