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Dennis James
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TV Personality
    (August 24, 1917-June 3, 1997)
    Born in Jersey City, New Jersey
    Birth name was Demi James Sposa
    Game show host of 'Cash and Carry' (1946-47),' 'The Dennis James Show' (1951), 'Chance of a Lifetime' (1950-52), 'Two for the Money' (1952-56), 'High Finance' (1956), 'Haggis Baggis' (1958-59), 'P.D.Q.' (1965), 'The New Price Is Right' (night version - 1972-77) and 'Name That Tune' (1974-75)
    Also a sports show host, boxing and wrestling announcer, live TV commercial pitchman, newsreel announcer and occasional actor
    Died of lung cancer at age 79
    Several of his game shows (including the one named after him) came and went so quickly they barely registered on the TV radar.
    'Chance of a Lifetime' gave each contestant a free carton of Old Gold cigarettes, which he both smoked and endorsed.
    His signature line was 'Okay Mother,' an early TV show of his and a way for him to explain wrestling points to women without insulting men.
    He sponsored numerous local businesses, but his big paychecks came from cigarette companies (and free samples hastened his death from lung cancer).
    He helped with the start-up of the DuMont TV Network.
    He was part of 'The Price Is Right' franchise that TV Guide named the greatest game show of all time.
    He guest starred as a fight announcer on Batman, a beauty pageant announcer on Fantasy Island and a ring announcer for the match in 'Rocky III' between Rocky and Thunderlips (Hulk Hogan).
    He emceed United Cerebral Palsy telethons for over 40 years and the Cathedral City, CA chapter is named after him.
    He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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