You might not have recognized his face but his voice came into your home every single Saturday night. The longtime ‘SNL’ announcer died, Aug. 18, surrounded by his family and friends.
Don Pardo died at the age of 96, Aug. 18, at his Tucson, AZ., home. The announcer had retired from Saturday Night Live in 2006 and also suffered a broken hip in 2013.
Don Pardo — ‘SNL’ Announcer Dead At 96
Don, was Jeopardy!‘s announcer in 1964 until he joined SNL as the series announcer in 1975. His famous voice was recognized all over the world as he announced for over 30 years for SNL, including the famous lines: “Live, from New York” as well as the names of the cast and musical guests.
But he also had his share of time in front of the camera too. In 1976, he performed with Frank Zappa, he was also spoofed on the show in a sketch called “Don Pardo: The First Fifty Years.”
Outside of SNL, he was an announcer during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and he worked on NBC’s Nightly News.
In 2010 he was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Hall of Fame.
He was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Hall of Fame in 2010, the only announcer to be so honored.
It’s safe to say that SNL will honor him once again after this sad news. Don leaves behind three daughters: Paula, Dona and Katherine. He also leaves behind his sons, David, Michael, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
“It was a happy accident and in some great way our lives intertwined,” Lorne Michaels, SNL’s creator said. “It was always exciting. Whatever montage we did to open the show, whatever pictures we used it didn’t really come alive till you heard him say it.”
HollywoodLifers, Don will be deeply missed.
— Chloe Melas