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List of Famous Game Show Hosts

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List of famous game show hosts, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top game show hosts in the world? This includes the most prominent game show hosts, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable game show hosts is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic game show hosts were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned game show hosts.

This list is made up of a variety of people, including Jenny McCarthy and Howie Mandel.

From reputable, prominent, and well known game show hosts to the lesser known game show hosts of today, these are some of the best professionals in the game show host field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous game show hosts ever?" and "What are the names of famous game show hosts?" then you're in the right place. {#nodes}
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  • Myron Leon "Mike" Wallace (May 9, 1918 – April 7, 2012) was an American journalist, game show host, actor, and media personality. He interviewed a wide range of prominent newsmakers during his...  more
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