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Gene Rayburn
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Name: Eugene Rubessa
Born: December 22, 1917
Birth Hometown: Christopher, Illinois
Died: November 29, 1999 (age 81)
Place of death: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Occupation: Host, Comedian, Actor
Years active: 1953-1998
Known for: Hosting Match Game

Gene Rayburn (born Eugene Rubessa December 22, 1917 – died November 29, 1999) was an American radio and television personality. Eugene Rubessa (pronounced /ruːˈbeɪʃə/) in Christopher, Illinois, was an only child of Croatian immigrants and graduated from Knox College.

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He chose his stage name by randomly pointing at a page in the telephone book, after being told Rubessa sounded "too Italian".

Death[]

Rayburn died of congestive heart failure at his daughter's home in Gloucester, Massachusetts on November 29, 1999. 

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Match Game Craziness[]

Rayburn on SNL in 1990[]

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