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James Edward Narz (born February 26, 1927; Louisville, Kentuckymarker) is a television presenter more commonly known by the name Tom Kennedy, best known for his work in game shows. The younger brother of host Jack Narz and the brother-in-law of host Bill Cullen, Kennedy has hosted multiple game shows in his career, including You Don't Say!, Split Second and Name That Tune.

Shows

His biggest hit series were You Don't Say! (which aired on NBC from 1963-1969 and on ABC in 1975), Split Second (1972-1975), Name That Tune (1974-1981), and Password Plus, which he hosted from 1980-1982 following the illness (and later death) of original host Allen Ludden due to stomach cancer.

Other hosting credits include Doctor IQ (1958-1959), Break the Bank (1976), To Say the Least (1977-1978), Body Language (1984-1986), 50 Grand Slam (1976), Whew! (1979-1980), It's Your Bet (1971-1972), Wordplay (1986-1987), and a syndicated nighttime version of The Price Is Right (1985-1986).

He also briefly hosted a talk show, The Tom Kennedy Show, in the early 1970s and also appeared as a panelist on To Tell the Truth.

In addition, he made guest appearances, as an actor, on such shows as The Ghost of Tom Joad, The Fall Guy, Cybill, and Hardcastle and McCormick.

Retirement

Kennedy retired in 1989 after several game-show pilots produced by his production company failed to sell. In 2003, he appeared on Hollywood Squares during "Game Show Week Part 2".

Awards

In 2005, he and his brother, Jack Narz, were co-recipients of the Game Show Congress' Bill Cullen Award for Lifetime Achievement.

In May 2007, both Kennedy and Narz were presented the Diamond Circle Award of the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters at a celebrity luncheon honoring Leonard Maltin.

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