Game show host Tom Kennedy – best remembered for Name That Tune and Split Second – dies aged 93
- Tom Kennedy, veteran game show host, died on Wednesday aged 93
- Kennedy hosted Name That Tune from 1974 to 81 and multiple other game shows
- The cause of death was not given
Game show host Tom Kennedy died on Wednesday at the age of 93, it was announced on Sunday.
Kennedy is best known for hosting Name That Tune, from 1974-81.
He also hosted Split Second, The Price is Right, Whew!, Wordplay, and Password Plus.
Born James Narz in Kentucky, he studied at the University of Kentucky and the University of Missouri.
He then followed in the footsteps of his brother, Jack Narz, and headed to Hollywood in 1947 to purse a career in broadcasting.
Narz, who died in 2008, was also a game show host, best known for shows including Now You See It, Concentration, and Beat The Clock.
Kennedy, on arriving in Hollywood, was told to change his name so as not to be confused with his brother.
Kennedy retired in 1989, and died in Oxnard, California.
Kennedy’s wife of 59 years died in 2011.
Together they had four children – three daughters, Linda Ann Narz, Courtney Ellen Narz, Julia Kathleen Narz, who died in 2015, and a son James Narz Jr.