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Johnny Olson

Born: 1910 AD
Died: 1985 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Announcer, Radio Host

U.S. television announcer, best known as "The Price Is Right" announcer


1910 – Born- in Windom, Minnesota,


1928 – While landing jobs at WIBA and KGDA in and nearby Madison, Wisconsin, Olson enrolled in pharmacy classes at the University of Minnesota. He also worked a string of odd jobs, from a soda jerk to a singer.


1940s-1980s – American radio personality and television announcer, most notable for announcing 32 game shows from Mark Goodson-Bill Todman productions.


1962-1970 – Prior to his vast employment with Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions, he was also known as the announcer on the variety series, The Jackie Gleason Show, where Gleason had a variety show and re-did The Honeymooners episodes, in Color. The first few seasons were recorded in New York City, while the last few seasons took place in Miami.


1962-1982 – Olson was also known as the announcer on Match Game, where he worked with Gene Rayburn,

He even got to make a few appearances in the revival of the show.


1972-1985 – Olson was best known for his appearance on the CBS revival of The Price Is Right from its inception, until his sudden death. More than just an announcer of prizes and host Bob Barker’s sidekick, Olson was a loved and valued member of the cast, becoming as synonymous with the show as announcer Don Pardo was in its original version. He frequently acted in the showcases at the end of each show and helped make "Come on Down!" a catch phrase.


Married to Penny, for many years.


Olson spent his off-time in a spacious home located at Buckingham Acres in Lewisburg, West Virginia.