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.