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Durward Kirby
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TV Personality
    (August 24, 1912-March 15, 2000)
    Born in Covington, Kentucky
    Birth name was Homer Durward Kirby
    Also went by Durwood
    Nickname was Dur
    Radio show announcer for 'Club Matinee'
    Sidekick on the TV variety series 'The Garry Moore Show' (1950-64; 1966-67)
    Co-host (with Allen Funt) of the TV series 'Candid Camera' (1961-66)
    Wrote the books 'My Life...Those Wonderful Years!' (1992), 'Bits and Pieces of This and That' (1995) and the children's paperback 'Dooley Wilson' (1996)
    Died in Fort Myers, FL of congestive heart failure at age 87
    Durwood huh? Isn't that the name Endora used to insult Darrin on TV's Bewitched?'
    He dropped out of Purdue University to pursue radio.
    He considered suing the creators of 'The Bullwinkle Show' for calling a hat that made for one smart parody name, Kirwood Derby (but wisely ruled against it).
    He shilled for so many different products on radio and TV that media critic John Crosby labeled him 'one of the most versatile muggers and comedians on the air.'
    He quoted, 'Age is just a number and mine is unlisted.' (no, it's a fact you died at 87)
    As an accomplished singer, dancer and sketch comedian he was a good fit for a TV variety show.
    He loyally followed Garry Moore from radio to three different formats of his TV variety series.
    In the movie 'Pulp Fiction' Uma Thurman's character hears the song 'Bullwinkle Part II' by The Centurians and promptly orders a 'Durwood Kirby' Burger.
    He was married to the same woman for 50 years until her 1994 death.

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