THE MEN WHO MANNED PASSWORD PLUS

HERE’S THE STAR OF PASSWORD PLUS, ALLEN LUDDEN!

The master himself, born Allen Packard Ellsworth in 1917, majored in English and Drama at the University of Texas, from which he graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors in 1940, earning his Master of Arts in English in 1941. He served in the U.S. Army, earning a Bronze Star, and was discharged in 1946 as a captain. In addition to Password, this Wisconsin native hosted Liar’s Club, G.E. College Bowl, Stumpers!, and even two pilots for The Joker’s Wild. He appeared as a panelist on To Tell the Truth, Match Game, Tattletales, and What’s My Line?, where he was also a mystery guest! He met Betty White while hosting Password. They married in 1963. Unfortunately for Allen, he was forced off Password Plus in 1980 due to cancer. He lost his battle in 1981.

 

HERE’S THE STAR OF BLOCKBUSTERS, BILL CULLEN!

Born William Lawrence Francis Cullen in 1920, this Pittsburgh native filled in for Allen from mid-April to mid-May 1980. (Allen was in the hospital during that time.) In addition to the aforementioned Blockbusters and Password Plus, “The Dean of Game Shows” has hosted programs such as Pass the Buck, Hot Potato, The Price Is Right (long before the Bob Barker version [now hosted by Drew Carey]), The Joker’s Wild and I’ve Got a Secret, among others. Bill wasn’t just a great host. He was also a great Password player, but like Allen before him, Bill also lost his battle with cancer. He passed away in 1990.

 

HERE’S THE STAR OF BODY LANGUAGE, TOM KENNEDY!

Born James Edward Narz in 1927, this Louisville native took over as permanent host in October 1980. In addition to Password Plus and the aforementioned Body Language, Tom hosted shows such as Split Second, You Don’t Say!, To Say the Least, Whew!, The Price Is Right (1985 nighttime syndicated version) and Wordplay (to name a few). He is the brother of the late Jack Narz. Even though he had big shoes to fill and he made some mistakes, Tom did well.

 

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