Don Pardo, the longtime announcer of Saturday Night Live, has passed away at the age of 96, and while it is always sad to lose someone, man alive, what a life, right? Ninety-six years old, and Pardo was still recording the introductions for SNL.
Granted, Pardo did miss two episodes last year, but I guess when you’re approaching 100 years old and you break your hip, a couple of absences are acceptable. Slacker! Saturday Night Live is going to miss him, and we’re going to miss the show’s one constant over all these years.
While he’s best known for the last 40 YEARS as the voice of Saturday Night Live, Pardo began his career in radio before becoming the original announcer of The Price is Right back in 1956 when it was on NBC (the Price is Right would move from NBC to ABC before finally landing on CBS with Bob Barker). Pardo also hosted the original Jeopardy.
In fact, in this clip below from sometime in the 1950s, the Price is Right hosted is acknowledging the birth of his sixth child, and given the fact that Pardo survived until he was 96, I am betting he has a huge network of grandkids and great grandkids that are mourning his loss and celebrating his life today.
Rest in Peace, Don Pardo. You will live on in SNL reruns for EONs.