Don Pardo, whose voice was synonymous with “Saturday Night Live” for generations of fans, has died. The radio and TV announcer was 96.
CBS Radio News confirmed the news with a Tweet:
Pardo lent his voice to every season of “SNL” except one, making his the longest tenure of anyone associated with the show (creator Lorne Michaels was away for five years in the 1980s). He also missed one episode in 2013 due to a hip injury. “SNL” alum Darrell Hammond filled in for him then, doing his best Pardo impression throughout the show.
Since his official retirement from NBC in 2004, Pardo would often pre-record the “SNL” intros from his home in Arizona.
A 2010 inductee into the Television Hall of Fame, Pardo also served as the announcer for game shows such as “The Price Is Right” and the original version of “Jeopardy!” Appropriately, he made a cameo on “Weird Al” Yankovic’s 1984 song parody “I Lost on Jeopardy.”
Pardo was also a dedicated newsman who was the first to tell NBC viewers that President Kennedy had been shot in Dallas in 1963. He was also a war reporter for NBC Radio during World War II.
“Saturday Night Live” cast members, guests and celebrity admirers shared their memories of Pardo on social media after the news broke.
RIP Don Pardo. A voice that meant so much. http://t.co/X4q9TeHVbO
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) August 19, 2014
On Sept 13th 2008 I heard Don Pardo say my name for the first time. I cried until the 16th. Thanks Don. I owe you a coffee.
— Bobby Moynihan (@bibbymoynihan) August 19, 2014
Any SNL actor will tell u:the ultimate moment of your career was hearing Don Pardo say your name. Each week he represented a dream come true
— Rachel Dratch (@TheRealDratch) August 19, 2014
RIP the amazing Don Pardo. My favorite was when Andy Samberg made him say very un-Pardo things like this: https://t.co/m79pifuuSZ
— Colin Jost (@TheColinJost) August 19, 2014
one of the greatest joys of my life was hearing don pardo call my name for the first time. this is a great article: http://t.co/h2ity6YpyF
— Aidy Bryant (@aidybryant) August 19, 2014
Don Pardo once said my name out loud, and it felt like my entire life had been validated. RIP.
— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) August 19, 2014
Goodbye Don Pardo. You worked from World War II until this May. You were cool as hell. I’m very lucky I got to talk to you those few times.
— John Mulaney (@mulaney) August 19, 2014
Don Pardo thank you for saying my name twice. Dream come true. RIP LEGEND!
— christina applegate (@1capplegate) August 19, 2014
— Jim O’Heir (@JimOHeir) August 19, 2014