Don Pardo Dies at 96—Hear His Iconic Voice on SNL

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Aug. 19 2014, Published 2:48 p.m. ET

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Don Pardo, the legendary announcer, passed away yesterday at the age of 96. His name might not stand out to you, but his voice is an instant sensory memory. That deep speech introduced the cast of Saturday Night Live for the duration of the show.

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Lorne Michaels notes in this video that new cast members were always excited to hear their names recorded by Don Pardo, a distinction that future comedians will sadly have to live without. In addition to SNL, Pardo also announced on Wheel of Fortune, The Match Game, and The Price Is Right.

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Do you recognize Pardo's voice from SNL? Do you remember him on other shows? Tell us in the comments below or tweet us @OKMagazine.


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