Legendary 'SNL' Announcer Don Pardo Dies at 96

August 19, 2014


Don Pardo, the announcer whose distinct, prolonged syllables introduced Saturday Night Live every season but that weird one, has died. His daughter has reportedly confirmed that the legend passed away Monday in Tuscon, the home where he'd been recording the voice-over for the last several seasons.

Pardo's career began on radio before shifting to television, where he found success on another classic, The Price is Right. When that moved to CBS, Pardo decided to stick with NBC for some reason, but it ended up working out for him. He'd next spend a decade as the original host of a pre-Trebek Jeopardy! before getting his iconic gig on Saturday Night Live, where his classic voice proved a solemn counterpoint that creator Lorne Michaels thought was "perfect." Pardo was 96.

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