Gene Rayburn Net Worth

Gene Rayburn Net Worth is
$1.5 Million

Gene Rayburn Bio/Wiki, Net Worth, Married 2018

Gene Rayburn was born on December 22, 1917, in Christopher, Illinois. After his father died at a very young age, his mother moved to Chicago and married Milan Rubessa, and Gene adopted his stepfather's name. As Gene Rubessa, he acted in high school plays and hoped to follow an acting career. He moved to New York City in the 1930s where he was a ...

Full NameGene Rayburn
Date Of BirthDecember 22, 1917
Place Of BirthChristopher, Illinois, USA
Height6' 1" (1.85 m)
EducationKnox College, Robert Lindblom Math & Science Academy
SpouseHelen Ticknor Rayburn
ChildrenLynn Rayburn
ParentsMilan Rubessa, Mary Hikec Rubessa
NominationsDaytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host
TV ShowsMatch Game, The Tonight Show, The Steve Allen Show, Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour, Tic-Tac-Dough, Break the Bank, Play Your Hunch, The Name's the Same, Snap Judgment, Choose Up Sides, Make the Connection, Dough Re Mi, Amateur's Guide to Love, The Movie Masters, All About Faces
Star SignCapricorn
1Frequently asked some innuendo questions without any embarrassments.
2His silly persona.
3From about 1974 on "Match Game '7x", always carried a Sony ECM-51 microphone
1When asked what his greatest fear was, he replied, "Being caught stealing something cheap."
1According to former production assistant, Roger Dobkowitz, he said Rayburn was not a surrogate uncle, far from it. Unfortunately, in real-life, he was a very self-centered and selfish man, when out in Los Angeles to do Match Game 73 (1973) on weekends he would generally kept to himself, and a "friend".
2Replaced Jim McKay for the last nine episodes of Make the Connection (1955).
3Just before his death, his last TV appearance was a 1998 interview with Access Hollywood (1996) intended to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the hit CBS game show Match Game 73 (1973). Portions of the interview have been rebroadcast on the Game Show Network, which in 2001, showed portions of another previously unaired interview during the first airing of its Match Game Blankathon.
4He was known to be a very private man.
5His wife, Helen Ticknor, died late in 1996.
6Longtime friends of Julie London, Vicki Lawrence, Bob Barker, Brett Somers and Charles Nelson Reilly.
7Like fellow game show hosts Bill Cullen, Bob Barker, Geoff Edwards and Wink Martindale, Rayburn was known to be a very busy television personality.
8Made numerous guest appearances on The Love Boat (1977), including one with Fannie Flagg, who was one of his panelists on Match Game 73 (1973).
9Appeared on Fantasy Island (1977) as a game-show host, Rayburn and another host played by Jan Murray. were game show rivals who vied to win the woman they both loved by creating the ultimate game show, with life-or-death consequences.
10During his time in the Air Force, Rayburn was trained in meteorology and occasionally demonstrated his knowledge of the weather on Match Game 73 (1973).
11Met fellow game show host, Bill Cullen, while the two were under contract with Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions (later Mark Goodson Productions) in 1953. The two became friends until Cullen's own death in 1990.
12One of his earliest roles on Broadway was in the Neil Simon play "Come Blow Your Horn". The play was somewhat biographical of Neil Simon, and Gene portrayed Neil's father.
13Met his successor Ross Shafer on The Late Show (1986), before replacing him as the host of the revamp version of Match Game (1990).
14Like fellow game show hosts Bob Barker and Geoff Edwards, Rayburn was one of the game show hosts to use a cordless mic-top.
15Had commuted from his home in Massachusetts to Los Angeles, every weekend for 11 years to host Match Game 73 (1973), before Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour (1983).
16Gene Rayburn passed away on November 29, 1999. Just before his death, he did some promos for Bobcat's Big Ass Show (1998), for F/X Channel.
17His favorite game show to date was Match Game 73 (1973).
18Was very unhappy while hosting in Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour (1983), especially when the panel has none of the original regulars at all. Also, they had to finish an entire game in half an hour to give equal time for Hollywood Squares, and the crazy antics that happened on the original Match Game didn't happen as much. Worst of all, without a regular panel, he had no chance to develop a rapport for the panelists, especially since the panelist's seating positions changed daily (Charles Nelson Reilly was usually in his spot, however, and Jon remained in the lower tier, far left) and the panelists weren't always 3 males and 3 females.
19Everytime he made his entrance to the set of Match Game 73 (1973), he would fly, skip and romp.
20Was idolized by: Bob Eubanks, Bob Goen, Pat Finn, Chuck Woolery, Graham Elwood, Todd Newton, Howard Stern and Wink Martindale.
21At one point, he wanted to take voice lessons, to become an opera singer, but a lack of money, forced him to find something else.
22Rayburn was born in Christopher, Illinois, but later, lived with his family in Chicago, Illinois.
23Before he was a successful game show host, he was also a radio disc jockey.
24After World War II began, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and became a pilot, bombardier and instructor.
25Before he was a successful game show host, he also hosted a morning program on NBC radio in the early 1950s.
26Along with former radio partner, Dee Finch, Rayburn also boosted the singing career of Teresa Brewer.
27When he was on Tonight! (1953), he appeared in many of the show's skits with the comedians Louis Nye and Buddy Hackett.
28Was not Mark Goodson's first choice for the original The Match Game (1962). According to producer Robert Noah, he said people at NBC were always wondering why they couldn't get somebody better than Rayburn to do that show.
29In the early 1960s, Rayburn had hosted the weekend radio program, 'Monitor.' Other emcees hosted the radio show were: 'Bill Cullen (I)', Ed McMahon, Monty Hall, Garry Moore and Art Fleming.
30When Rayburn was hired to host the revamp version of Break the Bank (1985), he became very unhappy with the format and looked very embarrassed by the stunts in the prize vault, which typically involved finding flowers in pop up snake cans and tongue twisters. Also, in the early shows, Gene looked lost in that prize vault, trying to locate the stunts. Gene wasn't brief enough about the stunts either, because he was obviously reading the description of the stunt for the first time. Because of this, the producers decided to stop the clock so that Gene didn't have to rush through describing how to do each stunt.
31In the many appearances Rayburn made on talk shows and specials, fans could count on seeing Gene's "pretty nipples" blooper which was edited out of the original broadcast, and the "cuckoo friend and Ollie" answer. Even though he must've seen the nipples blooper many times, he still looked incredibly embarrassed after they showed it. Gene always spoke fondly of Brett and Charles, but never spoke of Richard Dawson except for a TV Guide interview. He acknowledged that in the beginning, Richard was very funny, and they were friends, but when Family Feud (1976) became a hit, he said Richard became a "loner with a very large ego".
32Just before his death, Rayburn visited with the panelists he'd gotten to know so well. In 1997, ex-panelist Brett Somers surprised him on Maury (1991), and Gene was elated to see her. Gene also sported one of his Match Game 73 (1973) microphones, which was chrome plated. It would be the last time they appeared together on TV.
33Prior to becoming a game show host, Rayburn was also an actor.
34Years before his retirement, he hosted the pilot of a Reg Grundy game show, 'Party Line,' that didn't air.
35At the beginning of the last year of Match Game 73 (1973), the producers invented 'The Star Wheel.' This was why after Richard Dawson had left the show, a lot of Rayburn's winning contestants chose him in the bonus round, Head-To-Head Match.
36Future radio disc jockey Howard Stern was said to be a fan of Rayburn's, while he was in college. Years later, Stern would appear alongside him on 'Homeless Squares.'.
37Graduated from Lindblom Technical High School in Chicago, Illinois, in 1936.
38Prior to hosting "The Sky's The Limit," which was produced by Bob Stewart, Rayburn broke his leg, therefore, future game show host Monty Hall filled in.
39He was reunited by ex-Match Game 73 (1973) panelist, Charles Nelson Reilly, once more and worked together in "La Caux Au Foilles.".
40When he returned to host the revamp version of Match Game 73 (1973), in the 1970s, Rayburn insisted to Mark Goodson to let the show be played for laughs, and to allow him to get laughs in any possible way. Mark gave in, and even hired comedy writers to write the questions.
41When he hosted the original The Match Game (1962), in the 1960s, Rayburn mentioned several times that he felt this game was better when he could simply get some laughs to keep it interesting, and that in the beginning, it was very restricting for him. Producer Mark Goodson was reluctant about Rayburn's show, being played for laughs, but Gene did try his best with these restrictions.
42Was fired from hosting the revival of Break the Bank (1985), after 15 weeks, when producer Richard S. Kline thought Rayburn was at fault for the show's low ratings. He was replaced by Joe Farago.
43At the beginning of the last year of Match Game 73 (1973), the producers invented 'The Star Wheel.' This was because after Richard Dawson had left the show, a lot of Rayburn's winning contestants chose him in the bonus round, Head-To-Head Match.
44His show's Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour (1983)'s musical cues, was later recycled over to The Price Is Right (1972), usually for use with cars and showcases, which still uses to this day. The show was formerly hosted by fellow game show host Bob Barker, before Drew Carey, took over.
45One of his panelists Richard Dawson had feuded with him, during production on Match Game 73 (1973), prior to Dawson hosting Family Feud (1976).
46GSN had aired segments of an interview they did with Rayburn, before his death, and aired them during a Match Game Marathon.
47He was reunited by ex-Match Game 73 (1973) panelist, Charles Nelson Reilly, once more and worked together in "La Caux Au Foilles."
48Filled in for Bud Collyer for one episode of To Tell the Truth (1956).
49Fellow game show host Wink Martindale had a long-standing friendly feud with him, along with Chuck Woolery. Upon Rayburn's death late in 1999, he admitted that both Rayburn and Woolery were responsible for his potty-humored nicknamed of "Stink Fartindale," and would always fondly remember their times together.
50Rayburn's classic microphone got a lot of abuse from Gene using it as a sword, or a javelin. For a publicity shot, he put the mike in his teeth as if it was a long stemmed rose. Once during Match Game PM (1975), the cord completely came off of it, and they had to cut to commercial to give Gene a new mike. Once on Match Game 73 (1973), instead of his usual mike, someone placed an old style radio mike on the desk. Richard Dawson explained that his usual mike was not working, and he had to use that old one. Gene was very amused and tried to pick it up. It was obviously very heavy, as he was hunched over trying to carry it! Meanwhile, Richard reached under the desk and revealed Gene's usual microphone, much to Gene's relief.
51Met Julie London when she was a guest on The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (1956), years later, London would reunite with Rayburn on Match Game 73 (1973).
52Was Jonathan M. Goodson's and Chester Feldman's second choice to host the revamp version of Match Game (1990), replacing an ailing Bert Convy, but they were not interested in hiring him back, so they replaced him with comedian Ross Shafer.
53Made his very first appearance on Kukla, Fran and Ollie (1947).
54After his final game show 'The Movie Masters,' he retired from hosting game shows at age 71.
55Before he was a successful game show host, he was an announcer in his early days.
56Before he was a successful game show host, he used to work as an usher for the NBC symphony orchestra in New York.
57Upon his death, he was cremated and his ashes were scattered over his daughter Lynn's garden.
58Met future Match Game 73 (1973) panelist Charles Nelson Reilly in the musical 'Bye, Bye Birdie.'.
59Best remembered by the public as the host of Match Game 73 (1973).
60Friends with: Bob Barker, Bob Eubanks, Alex Trebek, Bill Cullen, Geoff Edwards, Wink Martindale, Bert Convy, Jim Perry, Betty White, Ed McMahon, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Steve Allen, Jo Anne Worley, Michele Lee, Julie London, Betsy Palmer, McLean Stevenson, Regis Philbin, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Don Pardo, Mark Goodson, Bill Todman, Dick Clark, Tom Kennedy, Jim Lange, Pat Sajak, Chuck Woolery and Monty Hall.
61Long before Regis Philbin would become a successful talk show and game show host, he used to be Rayburn's page for Steve Allen's Tonight! (1953), in Philbin's early career.
62Was employed at Mark Goodson-Bill Todman (later Mark Goodson Productions) from 1953 to 1984.
63In high school, he acted in school plays.
64Served some time in the Air Force during World War II.
65Worked with Steve Allen on the original Tonight! (1953).
66Before he was a successful game show host, he used to host Today (1952) with Dave Garroway, who in turn was replaced by him, every once in a while.
67Ranked #2 as GSN's Top 10 Game Show Host of All Time.
68Shortly after World War II had ended, he worked with Jack Lescoulie, before Dee Finch, on a morning radio show at WNEW in New York.
69Dropped out of Knox College to move to New York City to pursue a career as an announcer.
70Before he was a successful game show host, he worked as an announcer at WGNY Radio in Newburgh, New York, where he got paid $25 a week.
71While announcing at WGNY in Newburgh, New York, he met model, Helen Ticknor, who he later married in 1940.
72Ranked #4 on Life's 15 Best Game Show Hosts.
73His parents, Milan Rubessa and Mary Hikec Rubessa, were both Croatian immigrants.
74Moved to Gloucester, Massachusetts, in 1972, and lived there for nearly 28 years.
75At age 18, Rayburn moved to New York City, New York, in 1936, to pursue a career as a radio disc jockey and in Broadcasting.
76Just before his death, he accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
77Passed away at his daughter Lynne's house.
78Knitted socks as a gag for his show Rayburn and Finch. However, he became proficient in needlepoint and turned it into a regular hobby that he enjoyed doing on his many flights between New York and Los Angeles. Mark Goodson presented Gene with a knitting kit as a gift of thanks for making Match Game the number one daytime program on television.
79Even after most game shows moved production to Los Angeles in the 1970s, Rayburn never relocated to California, staying on the East Coast and commuting to Hollywood every 2 weeks to tape 2 weeks worth of episodes over a weekend (10 CBS daytime episodes, 2 nighttime syndication episodes).
80Was a liberal Democrat.
81He stated on an episode of Match Game that as a bombardier-navigator during World War II, he got airsick on every mission.
82Prior to becoming a game show host, he was a frequent light comedy star performer with the Bucks County Playhouse during the late 1950s and early 1960s. His vehicles included "The Love of Four Colonels" (1957), "Who Was That Lady I Saw You With?" (1959), "Come Blow Your Horn" (1960) and "Under the Yum Yum Tree" (1962).
83Succeeded Dick Van Dyke as Albert Peterson in the Broadway production of "Bye Bye Birdie" when Van Dyke departed in April of 1961.
84Landed his first job as a page for NBC in New York City during the late 1930s
85Has a daughter, Lynn (born October 5, 1942).
86His father died when he was still an infant
87Attended Lindbloom High School in Chicago and Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois
88Is Croatian, and spoke Serbo-Croatian.
89Chose the stagename 'Rayburn' by sticking his finger in a phonebook.


The Love Boat1979-1982TV SeriesGeorge Finley / Lyle / Mason Randolph
Fantasy Island1982TV SeriesBob Barclay
Aloha Paradise1981TV SeriesJerry
Here's Boomer1980TV SeriesEmcee
One Life to Live1968TV SeriesQuentin Frazier (1982)
It Happened to Jane1959Gene Rayburn - WTIC-TV Reporter (uncredited)
Robert Montgomery Presents1956TV Series


Donahue1995TV SeriesHimself
The Howard Stern Show1992TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Night Live1990TV SeriesHimself
Sally Jessy Raphael1989TV SeriesHimself
The Movie Masters1989TV SeriesHimself - Host
This Is Your Life1987TV SpecialHimself
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration1986TV Special documentaryHimself
Break the Bank1985TV SeriesHimself / Host (1985)
Riptide1985TV SeriesHimself
Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour1983-1984TV SeriesHimself - Match Game Host / Hollywood Squares Panelist
TV's Funniest Game Show Moments1984TV SpecialHimself
Party Line1983TV MovieHimself - Host
Just Men!1983TV SeriesHimself
Password Plus1980-1982TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
Match Game 731973-1982TV SeriesHimself - Host
Match Game PM1975-1981TV SeriesHimself - Host
Card Sharks1980TV SeriesHimself
To Tell the Truth1980TV SeriesHimself - Panelist (1980-1981)
The Hollywood Squares1968-1980TV SeriesHimself - Panelist / Himself
The Jim Nabors Show1978TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1974-1976TV SeriesHimself - TV Game Show Host / Himself - Co-Host
Dinah!1974-1975TV SeriesHimself
Tattletales1974-1975TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest Host
Showoffs1975TV SeriesHimself
To Tell the Truth1975TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
What's My Line?1968-1974TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
The $10,000 Pyramid1973TV SeriesHimself
The Amateur's Guide to Love1972TV SeriesHost
All About Faces1971TV SeriesHimself
Insight1970TV SeriesHimself
He Said, She Said1970TV SeriesHimself
The Match Game1962-1969TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself - Team Captain / Team Captain
Snap Judgment1967-1968TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1967TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host
What's My Line?1956-1967TV SeriesHimself - Panelist / Himself - Mystery Guest
To Tell the Truth1962-1965TV SeriesHimself - Panelist / Himself - Guest Host
Dough Re Mi1960TV SeriesHost
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1956-1960TV SeriesHimself - Announcer / Himself / Johnson Wax Pitchman / ...
Head of the Class1960TV MovieHimself - Host
The Steve Lawrence-Eydie Gorme Show1958TV SeriesHimself
Play Your Hunch1958TV SeriesHimself / Host, 10 / 62 to 11 / ...
Tonight!1953-1957TV SeriesHimself - Announcer / Himself - Substitute Host
Tic Tac Dough1956TV SeriesDaytime Host (1956-1958)
Make the Connection1955TV SeriesHimself - Host
Musical Chairs1955TV SeriesHimself / Co-Host
The Name's the Same1953-1955TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
The Sky's the Limit1954TV SeriesHost
Choose Up Sides1953TV SeriesHost

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2016TV SeriesHimself
Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words2016DocumentaryHimself
Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl2012TV SpecialHimself
Game Show Countdown: Top 10 Hosts2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Real Match Game Story: Behind the Blanks2006TV MovieHimself
The Most Outrageous Game Show Moments2002TV SpecialHimself
Wheel of Fortune2000TV SeriesHimself - Match Game Host

Nominated Awards

1978Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host or Hostess in a Game or Audience Participation ShowMatch Game 73 (1973)
1977Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host or Hostess in a Game or Audience Participation ShowMatch Game 73 (1973)
1975Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host in a Game Show or Audience Participation ShowMatch Game 73 (1973)
1967Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsProgram and Individual Achievements in Daytime Programming - IndividualsThe Match Game (1962)

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