Legendary game show figures don’t grow on trees. “Jeopardy!” icon Ken Jennings knows this and went out of his way to offer some high praise and wish a happy birthday to Peter Marshall. The former “Hollywood Squares” host turned 95 years old on March 30. He took to Twitter accordingly, reflecting on his life and inviting his fans to watch his live-streamed birthday party.
“I’m 95! I never thought I’d be 75 let alone 95! I’ve had this wonderful life. Some of my friends are going to talk about it this evening (I can’t wait to hear what they have to say about me),” Peter wrote.
“Jeopardy!” Ken Jennings, the gentleman and scholar he is, wished a happy birthday to the “absolute legend.” And that’s just about the only way to describe the great Peter Marshall. Especially for a game show aficionado like Jennings.
According to IMDb.com, Peter was born Ralph Pierre LaCock in Clarksburg, West Virginia. He started his career in showbiz as a singer in New York before he was drafted into the Army in 1944. His time during the war was spent as a disc jockey at a radio station in Naples, Italy.
In 1966, Marshall was offered the job of hosting the “Hollywood Squares.” He thought it was going to be a short-term gig and had no clue that he would continue hosting the show for another 16 years. Marshall won four Emmy awards during his time on the show and was nominated for many more.
Marshall moved on to other game shows later in his career. As a result, he earned induction to the TV Game Show Hall of Fame in 2007.
‘Jeopardy!’ Legend Ken Jennings Joins Game Show Host Ranks
Ken Jennings is a game show fanatic. His performance as a contestant on “Jeopardy!” is well known and respected. It wasn’t until the past few months, however, that he gained a new appreciation for the likes of Peter Marshall.
Jennings recently wrapped up a six-week stint as the guest host of “Jeopardy!” He was the first to host the show following the passing of Alex Trebek. Jennings seemed to enjoy his time in the role. And while he’s certainly not at Peter Marshall’s status, many people want him to return as the permanent host of the show.
95 years constitutes a very long life. And seeing Ken Jennings recognize Peter Marshall’s contribution to game show television warms the heart.
Happy birthday to Peter Marshall, and many more.