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Gene Rayburn (1917–1999)


Gene Rayburn was born on December 22, 1917, in Christopher, Illinois. After his father died at a very young age, his mother moved to Chicago and married Milan Rubessa, and Gene adopted his stepfather's name. As Gene Rubessa, he acted in high school plays and hoped to follow an acting career. He moved to New York City in the 1930s where he was a ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Match Game Himself - Host
(1973-1982)
The Match Game Himself - Host / Himself - Team Captain / Team Captain
(1962-1969)
(1957)

Filmography

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 1979-1982 The Love Boat (TV Series)
George Finley / Lyle / Mason Randolph
- April in Boston/Saving Grace/Breaks of Life (1982) ... George Finley
 1982 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Bob Barclay
- Forget Me Not/The Quiz Masters (1982) ... Bob Barclay
 1981 Aloha Paradise (TV Series)
Jerry
 1980 Here's Boomer (TV Series)
Emcee Bob Warren
- Boomer and Miss 21st Century (1980) ... Emcee Bob Warren
 1968 One Life to Live (TV Series)
Quentin Frazier (1982)
 1959 It Happened to Jane
Gene Rayburn - WTIC-TV Reporter (uncredited)
 1957 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
 1956 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(1966, July - August) Starred in "The Impossible Years" at the Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, Pennsylvania, USA. See more »

Alternate Names:

Gene & Helen

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

When asked what his greatest fear was, he replied, "Being caught stealing something cheap."

Trivia:

When he returned to host the revamp version of Match Game (1973), in the 1970s, Rayburn insisted that Mark Goodson allow the show to be played for laughs, Allowing him to get laughs in any possible way. Mark gave in, and hired comedy writers to write the questions. See more »

Trademark:

From about 1974 on "Match Game '7x", always carried a Sony ECM-51 microphone See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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