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Art Fleming
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Name: Arthur Fleming Fazzin
Born: May 1, 1924
Died: April 25, 1995
Place of death: Crystal River, Florida
Occupation: Host, War Vet
Years active: 1949-1993
Known for: Hosting Jeopardy!

Art Fleming (b. May 1, 1924 – d. April 25, 1995) was the host of the original NBC version of Jeopardy! from 1964 to 1975 and again from 1978 to 1979. In 1984, Art reprised his role as Jeopardy! host in the music video for Weird Al Yankovic’s “I Lost on Jeopardy” (a parody of Greg Kihn’s hit “Jeopardy”). He died at the age of 70 from pancreatic cancer in 1995, just six days shy of his 71st birthday. Coincidentally, his successor Alex Trebek also died of pancreatic cancer on November 8, 2020. Fleming is survived by his third wife, Rebecca Lynn.

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“Folks, we have some sad news to share. We’ve lost Art Fleming, the original host of our show. Art became the host of Jeopardy! when it debuted on NBC in 1964, and it became a success on TV. He was a beloved and wonderful man. If not for him, I wouldn’t deliver answers and questions in the first place when we returned to the airwaves in syndication in 1984. From all of us at Jeopardy!, the answer is... we will miss you, Art.” - Alex Trebek (1995) commemorating original host and Alex’s predecessor Art Fleming’s death