TV announcer Don Pardo dies at age 96
By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Aug 18, 2014
Even if you didn’t know his face or even his name, you almost certainly knew his voice. Don Pardo, the longtime voice of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” has died at the age of 96.
The New York Times reports Pardo died Monday in Tucson, Arizona. He had worked for “Saturday Night Live” since 1975.
“Pardo, whose career began in the radio age, continued through the end of the last season of ’S.N.L.’ in May, when he performed the introductions on the finale,” the Times reports. “Pardo was with ’S.N.L.’ from the show’s first episode in October 1975, and performed the introductions for 38 seasons, missing only Season 7. For many viewers, the names of scores of stars — from Chevy Chase to Eddie Murphy to Tina Fey — were first heard in his sonorous baritone, which announced the cast each week at the end of the opening skit.”
Prior to landing the “S.N.L” gig, Pardo was the announcer for several TV game shows, including “The Price is Right” and “Jeopardy!” He began his career in radio as a staff announcer at NBC.
“Pardo, who had a lifetime contract with NBC, retired in 2004, but he continued to do ’S.N.L. even though he had moved to Arizona after his wife died in 1995,” the Times reports. “For years he would fly to New York each week. In more recent seasons, he recorded his material in Tucson.”
He was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 2010.
Pardo is survived by two daughters, two sons, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.