Bill Cullen (1920-1990) was a popular radio announcer and quiz show host in the 1930s and 1940s. A teenage bout of polio left him with a pronounced limp which made it difficult for him to make it onto television. He finally did, in a big way. Among his early television efforts were as a panelist on I’ve Got a Secret (1952-1967) and his first TV hosting job on Place the Face in 1954.

Cullen would go on to set all sorts of records for longevity in a business notorious for short shelf-lives. Over the decades, he would host over 30 different television programs and hosted more game shows than anyone in history. At one point he was hosting over 25 hours of television and radio programming a week, most of it live. Among the many shows he hosted were Name That Tune, The Price is Right, and The $25,000 Pyramid. He retired after the cancellation of The Joker’s Wild in 1986.

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