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Don Pardo

Discussion in 'WWII Era Obituaries (non-military service)' started by GRW, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    "Few would recognise his face, but most Americans know his voice: a booming baritone that for nearly four decades introducethe line-ups on Saturday Night Live. Don Pardo's resonant voice-over style became the standard in the field. He graced newscasts, game shows and other programmes for more than 60 years. He was an integral part of SNL, heralding the cast's names to kick off each show; as former cast member Jimmy Fallon said, "Nothing is like the moment when Don Pardo says your name."

    He was born in Massachusetts in 1918, and began his vocal career at the radio station WJAR in Rhode Island. Two years later he met a supervisor at NBC who hired him immediately. He read news dispatches from the front lines during the Second World War and then became an announcer for such stalwart US shows as Colgate Comedy Hour and Your Show of Shows."


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