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Clayton as the host of Concentration in 1971.
|Born||(1922-08-17)August 17, 1922
|Died||November 1, 1979(1979-11-01) (aged 57)
|Occupation||Announcer, Game show host|
Bob Clayton (August 17, 1922 – November 1, 1979) was an American television game show announcer and host of several shows. He spent his early television career hosting shows in Miami, Florida before moving to New York in the 1960s.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Clayton became a vaudeville singer at age 15. He served in the Army as a combat engineer during World War II and was an announcer for the Armed Forces Radio Network after the war. He graduated from Georgia Tech and studied drama in New York City.
After his first national hosting job on the game Make a Face (ABC, 1961–1962), Clayton assumed announcing duties on the long-running NBC game Concentration in 1963, and took over hosting duties on the show in January 1969 as successor from original emcee Hugh Downs. He was replaced in March 1969 by Ed McMahon, but later returned in September 1969 after viewer outrage and declining audience ratings. Wayne Howell replaced Clayton in the announcer's booth; Clayton remained on the show until its 1973 cancellation.
After the cancellation of Concentration, Clayton served as announcer on several shows created by Bob Stewart, including the Pyramid series of games, beginning with CBS' The $10,000 Pyramid in 1973. Pyramid began airing the Monday after the final episode of Concentration aired, in the same time slot, though on another network. Other Stewart shows he did included Blankety Blanks, Shoot for the Stars and Pass the Buck.
- The Encyclopedia Of TV Game Shows, Third Edition by David Schwartz, Steve Ryan, and Fred Wostbrock (1999) Published by Checkmark Books, an imprint of Facts on File.
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