Gene Rayburn

TV host, Actor, Radio personality
Gene Rayburn worked on a variety of projects during his entertainment career. He hosted "Dough Re Mi" on NBC. In 1989, he hosted the AMC game show "Movie Masters." In 1962, he acted in the national tour of "Come Blow ... Read more »
Born: 12/22/1917 in Christopher, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (12)

This Is Your Life 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Break the Bank 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

TV's Funniest Game Show Moments 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Match Game 1972 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

What's My Line? 1968 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

I've Got a Secret 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Amateur's Guide to Love 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor
Other (2)

The Steve Allen Show 1955 - 1959, 1961 - 1962 (Tv Show)

Other

The Steve Lawrence--Eydie Gorme Show 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Other

Biography

Gene Rayburn worked on a variety of projects during his entertainment career. He hosted "Dough Re Mi" on NBC. In 1989, he hosted the AMC game show "Movie Masters." In 1962, he acted in the national tour of "Come Blow Your Horn." In 1958, he was an announcer on the summer variety series "The Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme Show" (NBC). He hosted the NBC children's game show "The Sky's the Limit." He raised in the Chicago, Illinois area. Rayburn worked on a variety of projects during his early entertainment career, including"I've Got a Secret" "The Amateur's Guide to Love" (CBS, 1971-72) and "The Steve Allen Show" (1955-1969). He also contributed to "The Steve Lawrence--Eydie Gorme Show" (NBC, 1957-58) and "What's My Line?" (1968-1975). In the seventies and the eighties, Rayburn devoted his time to various credits, such as "The Match Game" (CBS, 1972-79), "TV's Funniest Game Show Moments" (ABC, 1983-84) and "The Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour" (NBC, 1983-84). He also worked on "Break the Bank" (1985-86). Additionally, he could be seen on a variety of television specials like "NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration" (1985-86), "This Is Your Life" (NBC, 1986-87) and "Indecision '92: The Republican National Convention" (Comedy Central, 1991-92). Rayburn last appeared on "Mark Goodson: Will the Real Mark Goodson Please Stand Up?" (1999-2000). Rayburn passed away in November 1999 at the age of 82.

Relationships

Helen Rayburn

Wife
born on May 20, 1915 in Texas married from 1940 until her death on October 13, 1996 1940

Lynn Rayburn

Daughter
survived him

Milan Rubessa

Father
Croatian immigrant

Mary Rubessa

Mother
Croatian immigrant

EDUCATION

Knox College

Galesburg , Illinois
attended for one year

Milestones

1989

Hosted the AMC game show "Movie Masters"

1972

Appeared as a panelist of the remake game show "I've Got a Secret" (syndicated)

1962

Acted in the national tour of "Come Blow Your Horn"

1961

Replaced Dick Van Dyke in the Broadway musical "Bye, Bye Birdie"

1958

Was an announcer on the summer variety series "The Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme Show" (NBC)

1953

Served as announcer on "The Tonight Show" (later "The Steve Allen Show")

Dropped out of college and moved to NYC

Hosted the NBC children's game show "The Sky's the Limit"

Raised in the Chicago, Illinois area

During WWII, enlisted in Army Air Corps and served as a pilot and flying instructor

With Dee Finch, co-hosted a popular drive time morning radio prgram "Rayburn & Finch"

Served as host of the NBC game show "Snap Judgment"

Hosted "The Match Game" on NBC

After the war, worked at WGNY radio in Newburgh, New York

Hosted "Dough Re Mi" on NBC

Worked as a tour guide and page at NBC

Served as host of the game show "Tic Tac Dough" (NBC)

Made occasional appearances as a panelist on the syndicated game show "What's My Line?"

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