Bob Hilton

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Bob Hilton
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Born Robert Wesley Hilton
(1943-07-23) July 23, 1943 (age 74)
Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S.
Occupation Announcer, game show host
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Joni Hilton
Children 4

Robert Wesley "Bob" Hilton (born July 23, 1943) is an American television game show personality. He hosted The Guinness Game, a revival of Truth or Consequences, and the 1990 revival of Let's Make a Deal for one season and replaced by Monty Hall, and announced on several other shows.

Biography

Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Hilton has announced numerous game shows, such as Card Sharks, Child's Play, Trivia Trap,[1] The $25,000 Pyramid, The $100,000 Pyramid, Blockbusters, Double Talk, The New Newlywed Game, The All-New Dating Game, Strike It Rich, Win, Lose or Draw, and Body Language.[2] His first game show announcing assignment was in 1980 on Tic-Tac-Dough (filling in for regular announcer Jay Stewart), followed by The Joker's Wild and Play the Percentages, after he began a contract with Barry & Enright Productions, that same year. Hilton also announced The Price Is Right following the death of its original announcer, Johnny Olson. According to former producer Roger Dobkowitz, he did extremely well. However, Hilton was already working on several other shows at the time, so the job was given to Rod Roddy.[3]

Hilton got his start in Louisiana at station KPLC-TV. He traveled around to various stations as news anchor/reporter, such as in Honolulu, Hawaii, KTRK-TV in Houston, KGAN-TV in Cedar Rapids, WNAC-TV in Boston (The Bob Hilton Show), and KHJ-TV in Los Angeles. He later went on to KOVR in Sacramento, California.

Hilton and his wife, author/playwright Joni Hilton, have four children: Richie, Brandon, Cassidy, and Nicole.

Hilton retired from the entertainment world following the creation of a cleaning products company called Holy Cow, selling nationwide through major retailers. After selling the Holy Cow company, in 2011, Hilton co-founded a new company, NovaGreenWorld, an environmental products supplier for commercial and industrial companies as well as municipalities.

References

  1. ^ Terrace, Vincent. Encyclopedia of Television Series, Pilots and Specials: 1974-1984, Volume 2. New York: Zeotrope, 1985. 425.
  2. ^ Greenberg, Steve. Gadget Nation: A Journey Through the Eccentric World of Invention. New York: Sterling, 2008. 218.
  3. ^ http://sb2tlopg.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/interview-with-roger-dobkowitz-part-3/

External links

  • Bob Hilton on IMDb
  • Holy Cow Products
Preceded by
Bob Barker
Truth or Consequences Host
1977 – 1978
Succeeded by
Larry Anderson
Preceded by
Monty Hall
Let's Make a Deal Host
1990
Succeeded by
Monty Hall
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