Gene Rayburn

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Gene Rayburn
Birth name Eugene Rubessa
Born December 22, 1917 in Christopher, Illinois, USA
Died November 29, 1999 in Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA from congestive heart failure
Notable Shows
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Host of

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Make the Connection Host 1955
Choose Up Sides Host 1956–1957
Tic Tac Dough Host 1957–1958
Dough Re Mi Host 1958–1960
The Match Game Host 1962–1969
Match Game Host 1973–1982
Match Game PM Host 1975–1981
The Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour Host 1983–1984
Break the Bank Host 1985

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
The Love Boat Mason Randolph 2x22 - Love Me, Love My Dog / Poor Little Rich Girl / The Decision February 24, 1979
The Love Boat Lyle 3x22 - Not So Fast, Gopher / Haven't We Met Before? / Seoul Mates February 9, 1980
The Love Boat George Finley 5x27 - April in Boston / Breaks of Life / Saving Grace May 1, 1982

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
Password Plus June 16-20, 1980
Password Plus September 22-26, 1980
Password Plus February 9-13, 1981
Password Plus March 15-19, 1982

Memorable Moments

Awards and Accolades

Daytime Emmy Awards

  • Nominated: Outstanding Game Show Host (1975, 1977, 1978)
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