Don Pardo Dies at 96

Posted Tuesday August 19, 2014 7:59 AM GMT

It’s been a tough month for celebrity deaths, and the latest star to pass away is beloved announcer Don Pardo.

The 96-year-old voice talent is probably best known for his 38 seasons on “Saturday Night Live,” and show honcho Lorne Michaels told press, “Every year the new cast couldn’t wait to hear their name said by him.”

Born Dominick George Pardo on February 22nd, 1918, the “Jeopardy” and “The Price is Right” legend previously explained how he ended up with the first name Don.

“They used to call me Nicky, and I didn’t like that. So when I got into radio, I took up Dom. People would always say ‘Don.’ I said, the heck with it- I’ll be Don.”

Michaels also noted, “It was a happy accident and in some great way our lives intertwined. It was always exciting. Whatever montage we did to open the show, whatever pictures we used it didn’t really come alive till you heard him say it.”

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