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R.I.P. Don Pardo, voice of Saturday Night Live, dead at 96

on August 19, 2014, 12:38am

Don Pardo, the longtime announcer of Saturday Night Live, has died at the age of 96. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a spokesperson confirmed the news on Monday night.

A member of the Television Hall of Fame, Pardo served as the voice of SNL since its inception in 1975. He also appeared in sketches in the show’s early years, including a musical number with Frank Zappa.

In addition, Pardo lent his talents to TV programs such as The Price Is Right, Jeopardy!, and NBC Nightly News. For his efforts, he earned a lifetime contract with NBC, and though he formally retired in 2004, he remained the announcer for SNL up until his death.

Below, watch Pardo discuss his role on SNL.

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