Jim Perry Dead

Jim Perry, Game Show Vet, Dead at 82

Jim Perry, a host of Card Sharks, $ale of the Century and other game shows, died on Friday after a long battle with cancer, CTV News reports. He was 82.

Perry more or less got his start as the host of the Miss Canada Pageant, a position he held from 1969 to 1980 — the equivalent of Miss USA’s Bob Barker. He then hosted Canada’s Hangman-style game show Definition, from 1974 to its end in 1989.

In 1978, NBC tapped Perry to host its new game show Card Sharks, from 1978 to 1981. He then moved on to host NBC’s revival of $ale of the Century, from 1983 to 1989 — his final run on American television before retiring.

Perry is survived by his wife of 56 years, June, and their two children.

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  1. Mr. Tran K says:

    I grew up watching Card Sharks and Sale of the Century and they were two of the best game shows in recent memory but I’m really sad about the passing of Jim Perry. My deepest condolences to his wife and family.

  2. Robby says:

    A great gentleman. He will be missed. Hope GSN does a marathon of Card Sharks and SotC.

  3. Very underrated game show host. Legend suggests that the Sesame Street character Guy Smiley was based on him

  4. Jan Campbell says:

    He was a kind and good man and a great big brother.

  5. Cassie says:

    It was always a joy having him on my screen and in my home. Rest in piece, sir.

  6. Jermiah says:

    Never heard of him.

  7. Kim R says:

    I grew up watching Definition with my family. Very familiar face from my childhood. :)

  8. David says:

    The original card sharks was one of the few game shows I’ve ever liked. It finished airing before I was born, but thans to Gameshow Network (before their rebranding to GSN) I got to see a lot of episodes. RIP

  9. V.E.G. says:

    Rest easy, dear soul. He is a great guy in the whole nine yards!

  10. V.E.G. says:

    Well done, Jim, rest in peace. May his memory be eternal! God bless.