Gene Rayburn was born Eugene P. Rubessa in Christopher, Illinois on December 22, 1917.
|Gene was, and still is, the all time most loved game show host, most notable for the #1 rated show,
The Match Game. |
Sadly, on November 29, 1999, one month after receiving a Lifetime Achievement award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Gene passed away.
You can still see The Match Game everyday on GSN. To this day, it is still the best game show ever. In my opinion, that is 100% because of Mr. Rayburns personality and charisma. The panel of regulars did bring something to the show, but with out Gene, I guarantee the show would not have been what it is.