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LOS ANGELES - Rod Roddy, the flamboyantly dressed announcer on "The Price is Right" whose booming, jovial voice invited lucky audience members to "Come on down!" for nearly 20 years, died Monday. He was 66.

Roddy, who suffered from colon and breast cancer (news - web sites), died at Century City Hospital, according to his longtime agent, Don Pitts. He had been hospitalized for two months.

"He had such a strong spirit. He just wouldn't give up," Pitts said Monday.

Roddy had been ill for more than two years but tried to work as long as he could, said Bob Barker, host of "The Price is Right." Roddy had been with the game show for 17 years.

"The courage he showed during those difficult times was an inspiration to us all," Barker said in a statement Monday.

Barker recounted a recent visit to his friend: "I went to the hospital and sat on the edge of his bed and we laughed the whole time we were talking. He was still having fun."

Roddy's announcing stints included "Love Connection" (1981-85) and "Press Your Luck" (1983-86), but "The Price is Right" earned him his greatest fame. "The Price is Right" remains one of television's most popular game shows, and Roddy, with his flashy sport coats and booming voice, was a big part of the success.

"He started wearing those jackets when he joined the show," Barker said. "He was quite a character. He was important to the success of the show. He had the spirit of `The Price Is Right.' It's a fun show. We did it with the hope people will forget their problems for awhile."

Roddy, whose real name was Robert Ray Roddy, was born Sept. 18, 1937, in Fort Worth, Texas, Pitts said.

He was a graduate of Texas Christian University and a popular disc jockey in Texas when he decided to expand his career in Hollywood, his agent recalled.

Roddy's versatility made him a popular voice-over artist for commercials in Los Angeles, Pitts said. He got his big break in television with the 1977-81 satire "Soap."

Disc jockey Casey Kasem, who was the first announcer on the risque series, decided he did not want to stay with it and asked Pitts if he knew someone who could take over.

"I said, 'I've got a guy who's terrific,'" Pitts said. "Rod started with 'Soap' and then his career took off."

Roddy, who taped his last show about two months ago, had colon cancer surgery on Sept. 11, 2001, and his left breast removed last March.

The diseases appeared under control following chemotherapy but flared up again, Pitts said. The two cancers, which Roddy had said were unconnected, prompted him to become a spokesman for early detection.

"I could have prevented all this with a colonoscopy and, of course, that's the campaign I've been on since I had the first surgery," he said in a recent interview on a CBS Web site.

Breast cancer, although typically associated with women, is diagnosed in about 1,500 American men a year, Roddy said in the CBS interview: "To everybody out there, 'Get a mammogram!' It can happen to men, too."

Roddy was single. The only family member he talked about was his mother, who died several years ago, Pitts said.

Private funeral services will be held in Texas, with a memorial service planned in Los Angeles in several weeks, CBS said.


Right now, TPiR has two announcers to go to: either Burton Richardson or Randy West. I almost think that if Todd Newton is hosting a mock-up in Reno, they'd likely hire West since he's announced for Newton before. That's if the show goes on if/when Bob Barker ever dies.

But it's not like it was when Johnny Olson died; at that time, game shows were still a bigger staple than they are now. Currently, you have Charlie O'Donnell, Johnny Gilbert, Richardson, West and the one-named Kramer as your announcer talent.

It'll be interesting, to say the least.
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    Originally posted by Teppan-Yaki
    Right now, TPiR has two announcers to go to: either Burton Richardson or Randy West. I almost think that if Todd Newton is hosting a mock-up in Reno, they'd likely hire West since he's announced for Newton before. That's if the show goes on if/when Bob Barker ever dies.

    But it's not like it was when Johnny Olson died; at that time, game shows were still a bigger staple than they are now. Currently, you have Charlie O'Donnell, Johnny Gilbert, Richardson, West and the one-named Kramer as your announcer talent.

    It'll be interesting, to say the least.


As another die-hard game show watcher, I'm saddened of this news.

As for replacements, I doubt O'Donnell (Wheel of Fortune) and Gilbert (Jeopardy!) will likely have an on-air audition as they seem to be sticking with their current shows. Especially since Gilbert hasn't announced mulitple shows since he did Supermarket Sweep around 2000 and O'Donnell hasn't done multiple shows since...the 80s? It's either Richardson or West, but it'll likely just be a rotation until the producers decide on a permanent announcer.

Actually, does anyone remember when lots of announcers had on-air auditions when Johnny Olson died?

(Oh, and (John) Kramer seems to only announce for Sony-produced game shows (Pyramid, the Newlywed Game revival hosted by Bob Eubanks some years back, etc.), so I doubt we'll hear him try out for TPIR.)

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What are Gary Owens ("Rowan & Martins Laugh-In", "Space Ghost" from the '60s, and "Dinosaurs"), and Shadoe Stevens ("Hollywood Squares", The Kentucy Fried Movie, and ummm, not much else) been up to lately?

I'd be able to live with either of them. I will always associate TPiR with Barker and Roddy. I was like 6 when Roddy started with the show, and yet another piece of my childhood has died.

Hopefully they're telling Roddy to "Come on UP" rather than "down".

R.I.P. Roddy...




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    Originally posted by rikidozan
    I will always associate TPiR with Barker and Roddy.
TPiR Smarks say Johnny Olsen was better, but I will always appreciate Rod Roddy for his earlier "Press Your Luck" gig...which probably got him the TPiR job.

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Another sad thing is that some people may associate him as this flashy-suited announcer on some long-running game show, but he had excellent vocal range. For example, I was fooled for a moment into thinking that the announcer of the opening to the Press Your Luck pilot wasn't Rod.

When I heard Roddy's voice a few years ago, I thought he had grown disinterested in his role. Now I know he was probably beginning to struggle with colon and breast cancer the whole time. *sigh*
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    Originally posted by JALman
    Another sad thing is that some people may associate him as this flashy-suited announcer on some long-running game show, but he had excellent vocal range. For example, I was fooled for a moment into thinking that the announcer of the opening to the Press Your Luck pilot wasn't Rod.
Not to mention his stint as the announcer on "Soap!" (Obviously I needed to date myself even further)



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    Originally posted by CRZ
    TPiR Smarks say Johnny Olsen was better, but I will always appreciate Rod Roddy for his earlier "Press Your Luck" gig...which probably got him the TPiR job.
Johnny Olsen had some serious shoes to fill, but I always thought Roddy did a great job in doing so.

Hasn't Richardson already been filling in for Roddy while he was out the past couple of years? I would assume the gig is his.



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I was listening to Mr. Tony's show on ESPN radio today and they had a PSA with Rod Roddy. He talked about his colon cancer and how through surgery and chemotherapy he was doing fine. Naturally recommended routine colonoscopy as his was long overdue, etc. Too sad.



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Rod Roddy was 17 years with the Price is Right. When I read that I thought it couldn't be right then I did the math in my head and it would be around 17 years since he's been on and Johnny Olson passed away. I remember Olson even though I was just a kid when he passed away. Price is Right was a stable for when when i skipper errr was to ill to go to school.

It's sad to hear about Rod. I knew he was sick but I thought he was fighting it and winning. Guess I was wrong







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    Originally posted by Mr Heel II
      Originally posted by CRZ
      TPiR Smarks say Johnny Olsen was better, but I will always appreciate Rod Roddy for his earlier "Press Your Luck" gig...which probably got him the TPiR job.
    Johnny Olsen had some serious shoes to fill, but I always thought Roddy did a great job in doing so.

    Hasn't Richardson already been filling in for Roddy while he was out the past couple of years? I would assume the gig is his.


It has been mostly Burton, but Randy West has also been doing it lately. I'd prefer Burton for the gig, but I guess he'd have to talk his way out of Family Feud.

As for Bob's eventual replacement, I wouldn't mind seeing Billy Bush take over. He carried the short-lived LMAD revival incredibly well.



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I get to show my youth (again).

I've grown up watching Price is Right. I shit you not; my first words were "Bob Barker." Today has just been a bad day all around for me. God bless Rod Roddy; may you forever tell the angels to "Come on down!"



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    Originally posted by HomerJFong
      Originally posted by Mr Heel II
        Originally posted by CRZ
        TPiR Smarks say Johnny Olsen was better, but I will always appreciate Rod Roddy for his earlier "Press Your Luck" gig...which probably got him the TPiR job.
      Johnny Olsen had some serious shoes to fill, but I always thought Roddy did a great job in doing so.

      Hasn't Richardson already been filling in for Roddy while he was out the past couple of years? I would assume the gig is his.


    It has been mostly Burton, but Randy West has also been doing it lately. I'd prefer Burton for the gig, but I guess he'd have to talk his way out of Family Feud.

    As for Bob's eventual replacement, I wouldn't mind seeing Billy Bush take over. He carried the short-lived LMAD revival incredibly well.


Probably not going to happen there; Todd Newton's been doing a TPiR stage show at Harrah's in Reno that goes through November; he's also been spotted in the audience of the studio show itself.

My wishes are with Marc Summers, but he's got his hands full anyhow.

Announcer-wise, if Gene Wood was like, say, 30 years younger, the job should be his.
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Dang... feelin old. I can remember when Rod first DEBUTTED on TPIR! I thought "oh cool, it's the guy from Press Your Luck!"



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