Wink Martindale

A staple of television game shows since the 1960s, Wink Martindale's mellifluous voice, toothy grin and abundant hair made him an ideal game show host for such well-loved programs as "Gambit" (CBS, 1972-76) ... Read more »
Born: 12/04/1934 in Jackson, Tennessee, USA

Filmography

Actor (31)

Pioneers of Television 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Bronx Bunny Show 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards 2006 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Most Outrageous Game Show Moments 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Hollywood Unleashed 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Wayne Newton: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Burt Luddin's Love Buffet 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Dave's World 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boggle -- The Interactive Game 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Jumble -- The Interactive Game 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Shuffle -- The Interactive Game 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Trivial Pursuit 1992 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Trivial Pursuit -- The Interactive Game 1992 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Elvis: The Great Performances 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Great Getaway Game 1989 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The Last Word 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Game Show Biz 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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High Rollers 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Headline Chasers 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Tic Tac Dough 1977 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Elvis Memories 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Las Vegas Gambit 1980 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Gambit 1971 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Words and Music 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Can You Top This? 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Debt (TV Show)

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Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful (TV Show)

Actor

Safety Patrol (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

The New Adventures of Mother Goose 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Why Didn't I Think of That? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

A staple of television game shows since the 1960s, Wink Martindale's mellifluous voice, toothy grin and abundant hair made him an ideal game show host for such well-loved programs as "Gambit" (CBS, 1972-76), "Tic-Tac-Dough" (NBC/CBS/syndicated, 1956-59, 1978-1986, 1990-91) and a dozen more - 15 in all, which made him the second game show host with the most programs to his name after Bill Cullen. Martindale started his career in radio, where he quickly moved from his native Tennessee to Los Angeles; there, he dominated the rock-n-roll market during the mid-1960s before trying his hand at television. His initial efforts failed to attract an audience until he hosted the popular "Gambit." A revival of "Tic-Tac-Dough" in the late '70s proved even more successful, and Martindale began producing his own game shows in the 1980s and 1990s. Martindale left hosting in the late '90s to work as a commercial pitchman, but returned to the format in 2008 as a guest host for the Game Show Network. Eternally polished and professional, Martindale epitomized game show hosts for over four decades.

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