Garry Moore

TV host, Actor, Radio writer
"There is something durably unremarkable about me", Garry Moore once said, modestly evaluating his remarkable longevity as game and variety show host and comedian over the course of almost three decades on the small ... Read more »
Born: 01/30/1915 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Filmography

Actor (3)

To Tell the Truth 1969 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

I've Got a Secret 1951 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

The Garry Moore Show 1949 - 1964, 1966 - 1967 (Tv Show)

Actor
Other (15)

Vampire Academy 2014 (Movie)

Standby Carpenter (Carpenter)

47 Ronin 3D 2013 (Movie)

Standby Carpenter (Carpenter)

Philomena 2013 (Movie)

Standby Carpenter (Carpenter)

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2012 (Movie)

Standby Carpenter (Carpenter)

The Debt 2011 (Movie)

Standby Carpenter (Carpenter)

Green Zone 2010 (Movie)

Standby Carpenter (Carpenter)

Tamara Drewe 2010 (Movie)

Standby Carpenter (Carpenter)

Happy-Go-Lucky 2008 (Movie)

Standby Carpenter (Carpenter)

Last Chance Harvey 2008 (Movie)

Standby Carpenter (Carpenter)

RocknRolla 2008 (Movie)

Standby Carpenter (Carpenter)

The Libertine 2005 (Movie)

Standby Carpenter (Carpenter)

The Libertine 2005 (Movie)

Standby Carpenter (Carpenter)

Frenchman's Creek 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Carpenter

Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead 1995 (Movie)

(Carpenter)

Ladybugs 1992 (Movie)

soccer technical advisor (Technical Advisor)

Biography

"There is something durably unremarkable about me", Garry Moore once said, modestly evaluating his remarkable longevity as game and variety show host and comedian over the course of almost three decades on the small screen. Compact in size and genial in manner, Moore began on the radio as a writer and performer while still a teenager. He achieved success on local radio shows in his native Baltimore, St. Louis and Chicago before enjoying almost five years of success teamed with Jimmy Durante in the mid-40s.

Relationships

Mason Pitner Morfit

Father

Mary Louise Morfit

Mother

Thomas Garrison Morfit Jr

Son
survived him

Mary De Chant

Wife
Married on January 16, 1975 until his death 1993

Penny Horn

Sister
survived him

Eleanor Little

Wife
Married on June 5, 1939 until her death August 1974

John Morfit

Son
survived him

Henry Morfit

Brother
survived him

Milestones

1977

Left TV after diagnosed with throat cancer

1964

"The Garry Moore Show" went off the air as other shows began to attract the younger portion of the TV viewing audience

1958

"The Garry Moore Show" changed slightly; new regulars added included Carol Burnett, Dorothy Loudon, Ron Martin and Marion Lorne

1950

"The Garry Moore Show" transferred to CBS-TV; regulars included Ken Carson, Denise Lor and announcer Durward Kirby

1949

Starred on "The Garry Moore Show" on CBS radio

1939

Worked as an announcer and sports commentator for KWK in St. Louis

1934

Quit high school to work in radio; began as a continuity writer for station WBAL; later also acted on the air 9date approximate)

Emceed "Take It or Leave It"

Was a writer and star comedian for the NBC radio show "Club Matinee" in Chicago

Hosted the syndicated game show, "To Tell the Truth"

Found fame when he teamed up with Jimmy Durante on the radio for "The Jimmy Durante-Garry Moore Show"

"The Garry Moore Show" returned to the air with a number of the same regulars and adding others including John Byner and Ron Carey, but was canceled in mid-season; lost its time slot to the immensely popular Western series, "Bonanza"

Hosted the popular CBS quiz show, "I've Got a Secret"; when he left the show, former panelist Steve Allen took over as host until the show went off the air in 1967

Sailed around the world

Performed on the New York radio show, "Everything Goes"

Emceed "Breakfast in Hollywood"

Bonus Trivia

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Moore was always mildly surprised by his own formidable success on TV. He always considered his role on the long-running "The Garry Moore Show" to be "merely" that of a "pointer", introducing one comedy skit or musical act after another. Moore never considered such "guiding" to be difficult: "A dog could do the same thing if you smeared meat on the actors." (quoted in "People", 12/13/93)

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"Garry Moore was one of those people who could look into the camera and you felt he was talking just to you." --Carol Burnett (quoted in "People", 12/13/93)

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Moore was elected to the TV Academy Hall of Fame.

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He was selected by TV editors of U.S. as best master of ceremonies on TV (1957, 1958)

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Moore was national chairman to the National Society for Crippled Children and Adults (1959)

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He was a board of governors member to the National Hospital for Speech Disorders.

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Moore was a former member of the board of governors for the National Academy of TV, Art and Sciences.

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