Game show host
Jack Narz (brother)
Betty Gevedon (m. 1948)
James Edward Narz
February 26, 1927 (age 93) (
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Whew! (1979–1980)Password Plus (1980–1982)Body Language (1984–1986)The Price Is Right (1985–1986, nighttime)Wordplay (1986–1987)
October 7, 2020 (aged 93) Oxnard, California, U.S
Tom Kennedy (Television Host)
James Edward Narz (born February 26, 1927), known professionally as Tom Kennedy, was an American television presenter best known for his work in game shows. Game shows Kennedy has hosted include You Don't Say!, Split Second and Name That Tune.
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Kennedy was the son of John Lawrence Narz, Sr., and the younger brother of host Jack Narz, whose son, David, related about his uncle's name change that the brothers wanted to avoid the perceived conflict of having two announcers with the same last name promoting competing products. "After a lunch meeting with their agent," he said, "... they emerged as Jack Narz and Tom Kennedy."
While attending the University of Missouri, Kennedy worked at KFRU in Columbia, Missouri. While in Lexington, Kentucky, he worked at WKLX. After moving to Los Angeles, California, he worked for five years at KPOL and had a part-time job at KGIL.
Kennedy's biggest hit series were You Don't Say!, which aired on NBC from 1963 to 1969, and on ABC in 1975; Split Second (1972–75); Name That Tune (1974–81); and Password Plus, which he hosted from 1980 to 1982 following the illness (and later death) of original host Allen Ludden.
His other hosting credits include The Big Game (1958), Doctor IQ (1958–59), It's Your Bet (1971–72), Break the Bank (1976), 50 Grand Slam (1976), To Say the Least (1977–78), Whew! (1979–80), Body Language (1984–86), a syndicated nighttime version of The Price Is Right (1985–86) and Wordplay (1986–87). He briefly hosted a talk show, The Real Tom Kennedy Show, in the early 1970s, and appeared as a guest panelist on To Tell the Truth, The Hollywood Squares, Liar's Club and other game shows.
Kennedy retired in 1989 after several game show pilots produced by his production company failed to sell. In 2003, he appeared on Hollywood Squares during "Game Show Week Part 2".
In 2005, he and his brother, Jack Narz, were co-recipients of the Game Show Congress' Bill Cullen Award for Lifetime Achievement. (Cullen was a brother-in-law to Narz and Kennedy.)
Kennedy died on October 7, 2020, at the age of 93. His cause of death is unknown, though it was known that he "had been ill for several months".