Jim Perry
Jim Perry
Name James Edward Dooley
Born November 9, 1933
Place Camden, New Jersey
Died November 20, 2015 (aged 82)
Place Eagle Point, Oregon
Cause of Death Cancer
Occupation Game Show Host
Spouse June (m. 1959-2015; his death)

Jim Perry (born James Edward Dooley on November 9, 1933) is an American television host. He is best known as the host of the original format of Card Sharks and the 1980s format of Sale of the Century. In addition to hosting in America, he also hosted game shows in Canada, including Definition & Headline Hunters. Jim is also known as the host of the Miss Canada pageant in the 1970s and 1980s.

Jim is retired from television and lives with his wife, June, splitting their time between Florida and North Carolina. In recent years he authored two self-awareness books, and appeared in a few infomercials (mostly produced by his daughter Erin and fellow game show host Pat Finn). His last television appearance was on CNBC in the late 1990s to discuss one of his books. Jim and June had previously lived in Ashland, Oregon, after leaving Southern California in the 1990s.

When Card Sharks made its return in 1986, Jim was considered twice for both the network and syndicated runs. Due to $ale being on nighttime and daytime and Definition in Canada, he was unable to return; the roles instead went to Bob Eubanks and Bill Rafferty, respectively.

In 1994, Perry hosted an unsold pilot for a lottery game show called Cash Tornado and was also announced by fellow Card Sharks vet Gene Wood for Mark Goodson Productions. Taped at CBS Television City's Studio 33 in the same set as The (New) Price is Right, the pilot was not tied to a specific lottery but would feature three different qualifier tickets for any lottery that chose to buy the show. Three players, one representing each game (one of which was Roger Dobkowitz) played a series of games culminating with the game Avalanche, where the winner could win up to $100,000 on top of what they won earlier. The format did not sell, but a sizzle reel was recently discovered and posted by Wink Martindale's YouTube channel as part of his ongoing "Wink's Vault" series.

since 2010, Perry was diagnosed with cancer. On November 20, 2015; less than two weeks after his 82nd birthday, Perry died because of it.

The Sesame Street character and resident game show emcee "Guy Smiley" was modeled after Jim Perry though not completely based on him.

Famous CatchphrasesEdit

"You took a chance, and it didn't/did not pay off."
"You took a chance, and it paid off."

Goodson-Todman Shows HostedEdit

Card Sharks (1978-1981)
Cash Tornado (1994 pilot)

Memorial TributeEdit

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