George Gray (television personality)

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George Gray
Born
George Edward Gray

(1967-03-11) March 11, 1967 (age 54)
Occupation
  • Television personality
  • game show host
  • comedian
  • announcer
  • actor
  • musician
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)
Brittney Green
(m. 2019)
Websitewww.georgegray.com

George Edward Gray (born March 11, 1967) is an American television personality, game show host, comedian, and announcer.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Ballwin, Missouri, Gray attended high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from the University of Arizona,[2] during which time he played drums with local band The Reason Why with his two English buddies Tony Randall and Shane Lamont. After working as a sketch and stand-up comedian, Gray's first television hosting gig was for the Fox Movie Channel doing a show called FXM Friday Nights. He then appeared as co-host of the long-running series Movies For Guys Who Like Movies on TBS.[3]

Hosting career[edit]

Gray's first in-studio show was Extreme Gong, an updated version of The Gong Show, on GSN[3] in the late 1990s. He also hosted the first season of the American version of Junkyard Wars, which was nominated for a prime-time Emmy.[3]

Gray was chosen in 2001 by NBC Enterprises to host the daily syndicated American version of the game show The Weakest Link, which aired from 2002-03. TV critic Steve Rogers likened Gray's hosting style to the demeanor of a "class clown", in contrast to the "severe schoolmarm" attitude of original The Weakest Link host Anne Robinson.[4]

After hosting the reality series Todd TV on FX and the GSN special National Lampoon's Greek Games, in late 2004, Gray went on to become the co-host of NBC's $25 Million Dollar Hoax.[3] He hosted ESPN's reality sports competition I'd Do Anything.[5] Beginning in 2006, he hosted the HGTV show What's With That House? (a.k.a. That House),[6] as well as HGTV's Manland and the building competition Summer Showdown.[7]

The Price Is Right[edit]

After previously appearing with a group of rotating auditioning announcers, Gray officially became the fourth regular announcer on The Price Is Right on April 18, 2011, succeeding Rich Fields.[8]

On January 15, 2015, Gray fell off of a treadmill he was describing during the show. The video quickly went viral.[9]

Personal life[edit]

He married his fiancée, Brittney Green, on April 13, 2019.[10]

Health[edit]

On the morning of April 20, 2020, Gray was hospitalized after suffering from three major heart attacks. He woke up with chest pains and thought it was indigestion but his condition deteriorated. He suffered his first heart attack on the way to the hospital, his second after failed surgeries as he was walking around in the hospital, and his third as doctors were going to place a third stent in his heart. The surgeons then performed a quadruple bypass.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paternie, Patrick C. "George Gray". The Mercury News. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "George Gray-CBS Press Express". CBS Press Express. CBS Entertainment. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "George Gray - The Price is Right". PriceisRight.com. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  4. ^ "Syndicated version of 'The Weakest Link' tweaks its format". Reality TV World. 2002-09-07. Retrieved 2009-05-12.
  5. ^ "ESPN TO DEBUT I'D DO ANYTHING CHANCE TO WIN A SPORTS FANTASY TO BEGIN SEPTEMBER 28". ESPN.com. ESPN original Entertainment. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  6. ^ Higgins, Polly. "Television: Stray cat ex-Tucsonan finds home on HGTV". Tucson Citizen. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  7. ^ Huff, Richard. "'Summer Showdown' has Structural Flaws". New York Daily News. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  8. ^ Grosvenor, Carrie. "Carrie Grosvenor The Price is Right Has a New Announcer". About.com. Archived from the original on May 16, 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011.
  9. ^ Harding, David. "SEE IT: Announcer for The Price Is Right falls while walking backwards on treadmill during show". nydailynews.com. New York Daily News. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  10. ^ D'Aluisio, Alexandra. "'The Price Is Right' Announcer George Gray Marries Fiancee Brittney Green in Arizona: Photo". US Weekly. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  11. ^ Heching, Dan. "Price Is Right announcer George Gray, 53, is in stable condition after having three major heart attacks and receiving quadruple bypass surgery". msn.com. Microsoft. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  12. ^ Pasquini, Maria. "Price Is Right Announcer George Gray Hospitalized After Suffering Multiple Heart Attacks". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 26 April 2020.

External links[edit]

Media offices
Preceded by Announcer of
The Price Is Right

2011–present
Succeeded by
incumbent
Preceded by Host of
Weakest Link (American game show)

2002–2003
Succeeded by