Mostly Credited As: Gene Rayburn
Birth Name: Eugene Rubessa
Date Of Birth: December 22, 1917 (Age 81)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Christopher, Illinois
Date Of Death: November 29, 1999
Cause Of Death: Congestive Heart Failure
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During a taping of Match Game '74 Gene unintentionally told a contestant that she had "pretty nipples", meaning to say "dimples." The incident was cut from the original CBS episode and is not shown in GSN reruns either. Nonetheless, it has come to be known as possibly the most embarrassing "host screw-up" in game show history.
From 1978 up to his death, Gene never spoke with Match Game panelist Richard Dawson.
Rayburn took over for Dick Van Dyke in the Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie.
Gene Rayburn once hosted a local New York City-based show on WNEW-TV, Helluva Town.
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