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Another legend gone
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'Price is Right' announcer Rod Roddy dies
By RYAN PEARSON
LOS ANGELES --
Rod Roddy, "The Price is Right" announcer who invited audience members to "Come
on down!" and play on the game show, died Monday. He was believed to be 66.
Roddy, who suffered from colon and breast cancer, died at Century City
Hospital, according to his longtime agent, Don Pitts. He had been hospitalized
for two months.
"He had such a strong spirit. He just wouldn't give up," Pitts said Monday.
Roddy had been ill for more than two years but continued to work as much as
possible and for as long as he could, said Bob Barker, host of "The Price is
Right." Roddy had been with the game show for 17 years.
"We all admired his courage," Barker said last week. "He was always upbeat and
Barker recounted a recent visit to his friend: "I went to the hospital and sat
on the edge of his bed and we laughed the whole time we were talking. He was
still having fun."
Roddy, who taped his last show about two months ago, had colon cancer surgery
on Sept. 11, 2001, and his left breast removed last March.
The diseases appeared under control following chemotherapy but flared up again,
Pitts said. The two cancers, which Roddy had said were unconnected, prompted
him to become a spokesman for early detection.
"I could have prevented all this with a colonoscopy and, of course, that's the
campaign I've been on since I had the first surgery," he said in a recent
interview on a CBS Web site.
Breast cancer, although typically associated with women, is diagnosed in about
1,500 American men a year, Roddy said in the CBS interview: "To everybody out
there, 'Get a mammogram!' It can happen to men, too."
Roddy, whose real name was Robert Ray Roddy, was born Sept. 18, 1937, in Fort
Worth, Texas, Pitts said. According to CBS, his birth year was 1936, which
would make him 67.
He was a graduate of Texas Christian University and a popular disc jockey in
Texas when he decided to expand his career in Hollywood, his agent recalled.
Roddy's versatility made him a popular voice-over artist for commercials in Los
Angeles, Pitts said. He got his big break in television with the 1977-81 satire
Disc jockey Casey Kasem, who was the first announcer on the risque series,
decided he didn't want to stay with it and asked Pitts if he knew someone who
could take over.
"I said, 'I've got a guy who's terrific,'" Pitts said. "Rod started with 'Soap'
and then his career took off."
His announcing stints included "Love Connection" (1981-85) and "Press Your
Luck" (1983-86), but "The Price is Right" earned him his greatest fame. He was
known for his booming, jovial voice - and flashy attire.
"He started wearing those jackets when he joined the show," Barker said. "He
was quite a character. He was important to the success of the show. He had the
spirit of `The Price Is Right.' It's a fun show. We did it with the hope people
will forget their problems for awhile."
Roddy was single. The only family member he talked about his mother, who died
several years ago, Pitts said.
Funeral plans were not immediately announced.
What a shamed. He really fought against the cancer, but he lost. My condolences to his family and friends. We lost a broadcasting legend.
Do you remember the original(?) announcer guy? I think his name was Gene. He was my favorite announcer. Bob sure has gone through a bunch of beauties and two announcers and still is going strong.
I've watched The Price is Right since I was a kid and I always loved hearing him say "Come on down...". I'll miss that jovial voice. Rest in peace, Rod.
when Bob goes.... do you think the show will continue?
I thought Bert Convy was being groomed as a replacement years ago, and that Bob Barker had considered retiring and handing the reigns over to him. After he passed, Bob decided to stick with it. I can't imagine anyone else doing it, to be honest.
Okay, everybody. Let's by the DVD of SOAP: Season One for Rod Roddy and Gordon Jump.
He was a big part of my childhood. RIP.
Correction, I did in fact mean Gene Wood.