Don Pardo

Beloved as the baritone voice of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), Don Pardo read the cast roll at the start of that late night comedy juggernaut for several decades, right from its inception in 1975. Aside from the ... Read more »
Born: 02/22/1918 in Westfield, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (18)

Saturday Night Live 1975 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

SNL Christmas 2012 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Voice

The Simpsons 2010, 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Women of SNL 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

SNL Presents: Sports All-Stars 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Narrator

30 Rock 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash 2008 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Oz 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

ALF Takes Over the Network 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Those Wonderful TV Game Shows 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Steve Martin's Best Show Ever 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Jackpot 1973 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Jeopardy! 1963 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Winning Streak 1973 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Three on a Match (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Beloved as the baritone voice of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), Don Pardo read the cast roll at the start of that late night comedy juggernaut for several decades, right from its inception in 1975. Aside from the 1981-82 season when the show was in a state of creative flux and hired a new announcer, Pardo rarely missed an episode and became almost as identified with the program as any of the comedic superstars it spawned. In his early days, he had worked for a time as a radio actor and was offered his first announcing job. His considerable aptitude soon earned him employment with NBC and he transitioned from radio to television, enjoying a lengthy run as the announcer for the earliest incarnations of "The Price is Right" (NBC/ABC/CBS, 1955- ) and "Jeopardy!" (NBC/syndicated, 1964- ). The most complicated, alliterative copy flowed smoothly and effortlessly when read by Pardo and his unmistakable delivery made him one of television's greatest vocal talents. That gravitas and professionalism was just what Lorne Michaels desired for his upstart late night program, providing both a perfect contrast to its counter-culture brand of humor and a connection to the classic television the show's talent was weaned on. One of only two performers to ever have a lifetime contract with NBC, Pardo's authoritative, but energetic and joyous delivery was an indisputable part of the network's history and a key component of the legacy of "Saturday Night Live" right up until the beloved announcer's death on August 18, 2014.

Relationships

Catherine Lyons

Wife
Married 1938 until her death July 8, 1995

Milestones

2009

Made cameo on NBC sitcom "30 Rock," created by "SNL" alum Tina Fey

2004

Announced retirement; continued providing intros for "SNL"

1992

Landed roles as announcer in comedy features "Honeymoon in Vegas" and "Stay Tuned"

1987

Cast as a game show host in Woody Allen's "Radio Days"

1975

Began longtime career as announcer for "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)

1964

Worked as announcer on "Jeopardy!" (NBC, Syndicated); only missed one show out of more than 2,700

1963

First reported news of President John F. Kennedy's assassination on NBC

1956

Served as announcer for popular game show "The Price Is Right" (NBC, ABC, Syndicated)

1953

Appeared on Gene Rayburn children’s game show "Choose up Sides" (NBC)

1949

Made TV acting debut on "NBC Presents" episode "Anything But Love"

1946

Began providing commentary for baseball games that aired on NBC’s experimental television broadcasts

1943

Joined NBC Radio as staff announcer

1938

Made radio debut on Providence, RI station WJAR-AM as member of 20th Century Players acting group

Bonus Trivia

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Pardo was one of two people to have a lifetime contract with NBC. The other was Bob Hope.

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