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John Harlan (announcer)
American television announcer

John Harlan (announcer)

John Harlan (announcer)
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Intro American television announcer
Was Announcer
From United States of America
Gender male
Birth 1 January 1925
Death 27 February 2017 (aged 92 years)
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John Henry Harlan (December 21, 1925 – February 27, 2017) was an American television announcer who worked on numerous television projects for over 40 years, particularly game and variety shows. He was from Sonoma County, California.

Perhaps his best-known work was for the Bob Hope specials aired on NBC during the 1960s through the 1990s. Among game show fanciers, his most memorable outings were the versions of Name That Tune produced between 1974 and 1985.

Harlan attended California State University, Fresno, graduating in 1948. He served as class president for the fall term. At school he was friends with Wendell Bell, serving as his best man at his 1947 wedding.

Harlan died on February 27, 2017 at the age of 91.

Shows announced

  • Golden Globe Awards
  • People's Choice Awards
  • Comic Relief (first special only; HBO, 1986)
  • Password (ABC, 1971–75)
  • Tattletales (CBS, 1974)
  • The Flip Wilson Show
  • The Merv Griffin Show (when based in Los Angeles)
  • You Don't Say! (all versions)
  • Face the Music (1980–81)
  • Queen for a Day
  • The Cross-Wits
  • Catchphrase
  • Jeopardy! (NBC, 1978–79)
  • The Krypton Factor
  • American Gladiators (Syndicated, 1990–93)
  • Press Your Luck (as a fill-in for Rod Roddy)
  • Password Plus (as a fill-in for Gene Wood)
  • Name That Tune; he also served as one of the show's associate producers
  • Your New Day with Vidal Sassoon
  • Lucky Numbers (pilot similar to High Rollers in 1985)
  • 50 Grand Slam
  • Wipeout
  • All Star Blitz
  • Celebrity Sweepstakes
  • It Takes Two
  • Relatively Speaking
  • Sports Challenge (final season)
  • Book of Lists
  • General Hospital
  • Solid Gold (final season, aka Solid Gold: In Concert)
  • Jackpot! (Syndicated, 1989–90)
  • UHF (Film, 1989; voice of in-film promos for U-62)

Harlan worked on occasional TV specials up until his death in 2017. He was also president of Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters.

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