Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Jack Narz, emcee of eight game shows and a hump pilot during World War II, died this morning at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Beverly Hills. He was 85.
Narz was arguably one of the two most popular game show hosts of the late 1950s and early 1960s. He soared to prominence with "Dotto" in 1958 in
both daytime and prime time editions.
In the 1960s, he was seen consistently with "
Video Village," "Seven Keys," "I'll Bet" and a revival of "Beat the Clock."
In the following decade, Narz emceed "Now You See It" on CBS, a game still seen in repeats on GSN in the overnight hours.
From 1973-78, he hosted a syndicated remake of "Concentration," which was his longest-running game.
During the 1950s, he was one of the pioneer television broadcasters as a regular member of the cast of ABC's "Space Patrol" and as an announcer for
Betty White,
Gisele MacKenzie, Tennessee Ernie Ford and Bob Crosby.
In 1951, he narrated the two-part opening episodes of "Superman." The story, "Superman on Earth," outlined how the character became Clark Kent
and, ultimately, the Man of Steel.
Narz died from complications of two massive strokes in the last three weeks and kidney failure.
He is being remembered today by close friends and colleagues as one of the class personalities in television history.
He was awarded the Bill Cullen Career Achievement Award, along with his brother Jim (Tom Kennedy) Narz, by Game Show Congress in 2005.
A special obituary tribute will be offered later today by THE DAILY GAME SHOW FIX, as well as a multi-page special edition of
TVGAMESHOWS.NET.
Links will be provided through The Daily Game Show Fix.
No memorial services are planned. Memorial contributions may be made in the name of Narz to The American Cancer Society.


Dave Schwartz