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Johnny Olson
Name: John Leonard "Johnny" Olson
Born: May 22, 1910
Died: October 12, 1985 (age 75)
Place of death: Santa Monica, California
Occupation: Announcer
Years active: 1944-1985
Known for: announcing The Price is Right, Match Game and many other game shows

Johnny Olson (born John Leonard Olson May 22, 1910 from Windom, Minnesota; died October 12, 1985 in Santa Monica, California) was an American radio and television announcer. He was the announcer for over 32 Goodson-Todman game shows, but most notably, The Price is Right from 1972 until 1985. To date, he was the second-longest announcer on the show; having announced for 13 years. Rod Roddy is the longest running announcer on the show, having announced 17 years. Before his career as a game show announcer, he was the host on the DuMont Television Network. His first announcing job was on the original 1958 version of Name That Tune. At one time, he sub-hosted Play Your Hunch while current host Merv Griffin was out. John passed away from a brain hemorrhage on October 12, 1985; he was 75. Fellow game show announcers Randy West and Rich Fields are fans and proteges of Olson, as well as his then-successor Rod Roddy. Olson was entombed at Rosewood Cemetery in Lewisburg, West Virginia. His tombstone reads "Thanks dear God".

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Commemoration on the death of Johnny Olson[]

"Since taping this program, we've lost our good friend, Johnny Olson. You'll continue to see and hear Johnny on the many programs he's already taped. He was dearly loved by all of us, and he'll be sorely missed." - Bob Barker (1985)

YouTube Videos[]

The Price is Right Johnny Olson tribute, 1985
Extended tribute, includes credit roll