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Bob Shepard, 76, a well-known radio and TV announcer from the 1940s through the 1960s, died Dec. 17 in Manhattan of a heart attack.

Shepard was a radio announcer and master of ceremonies for Walter Winchell and Cecil Brown, the political columnist; and for bandleaders Sammy Kaye, Xavier Cugat and Horace Heidt.

He was the first live onscreen announcer for such TV shows as “I Love Lucy, “”The Jackie Gleason Show,””The Ed Sullivan Show,””One Man’s Family,””Meet Millie,””Beat the Clock” and “The Arthur Murray Show.”

He was the original voice for “The Ted Mack Amateur Hour” and “Twenty-One.”

Shepard also was a TV spokesman for such sponsors as Ford, Camel and Lucky Strike.

Survivors include his wife, Suzanne; a brother, Dick, also a radio personality; a son, a daughter and two grandchildren.

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Tommy Wonder

Tommy Wonder, 78, dancer and choreographer, died Dec. 11 in New York City of complications from an ulcer.

He was a featured performer in John Murray Anderson’s production of “Two for the Show,” with Alfred Drake, Eve Arden, Betty Hutton and Keenan Wynn. Wonder helped introduce the standard tune “How High the Moon” in that production.

He co-starred with Milton Berle and Ilona Massey in “The Ziegfeld Follies of 1943.” Wonder appeared in “Banjo Eyes” with Eddie Cantor. Other stage credits include “Tickets, Please!” and “Annie Get Your Gun.”

His film appearances included “Thrill of a Lifetime” with Betty Grable and Dorothy Lamour and “This Time for Keeps” with Esther Williams.

Along with his wife, Maggie Banks, and Don Dellair, he formed a singing and dancing trio.

He and Dellair toured with Josephine Baker in the 1960s.

For many years, Wonder appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

Survivors include a niece.

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