Art Fleming

Mostly Credited As: Art Fleming
Sometimes Credited As: Arthur Fleming

Birth Name: Arthur Fleming Fazzin
Date Of Birth: May 01, 1924 (Age 70)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: New York City, New York
Date Of Death: April 25, 1995
Cause Of Death: pancreatic cancer in Crystal River, Florida
Height: 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Art Fleming

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Jeopardy! (1964)As: Host (1964-1979)
International Detective (1959)As: Ken Franklin (as Arthur Fleming)
The Californians (1957)As: Jeremy Pitt (1958-1959)
Pantomime Quiz (1949)As: Himself
Episode Cast Credits 

Starsky & Hutch (1975) 
  Death in a Different Place 03x06: (Oct/15/1977) As Lieutenant John Blaine 

The Loretta Young Show (1953) 
  Operation Snowball 06x13: (Dec/28/1958) As Art 

The Name of the Game (1968) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Talk Show Moderator 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Talk Show Moderator 
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He was an Actor, Announcer on Radio and TV and a Game Show Host.

His professional career began at the age of 4 when he starred in a Broadway play.

During World War II he served a 3 ½ year hitch in the U.S. Navy as Pilot “Lieutenant Art Fleming” and he flew a “PBY CATALINA” patrol bomber on ASW (Anti Submarine Warfare) patrols off the Florida coast.

PBY is a US Navy amphibious aircraft used for maritime patrol, as a water bomber, and for search and rescue. P stood for Patrol, B for Bomber and Y was a manufacturers’ identification. A PBY Catalina is an American and Canadian built version.

His very first job after his honorable discharge from the Navy was as a radio announcer in Rocky Mount, North Carolina where he shorted his name from Arthur to Art.

He next did radio announcing in Akron, Ohio and then back to the city where he was born in New York City, New York.

His first credited TV show was as an Announcer off and on beginning in 1947 for the game show "Pantomime Quiz".

His first TV appearance was in 1949 as a stunt double for Actor “Ralph Bellamy” for his weekly Action, Crime, Drama series "Man Against Crime" but fails to get much if any credit for his participation in this show that ran until 1954.

Actor, Composer, Director, Producer and Writer “Merv Griffin” spotted him doing a commercial for “TWA” (Trans World Airways).

Merv contacted Art’s agent and had Fleming audition for a position on a new game show Griffin had developed and he won the job and became the very first Host of “Jeopardy” in 1964 and remained at the helm until 1975.

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