Mark Goodson Biography (1915-1992)

Born January 24, 1915, in Sacramento, CA; died of pancreatic cancer, December18, 1992, in Manhattan, NY. Goodson, with his partner Bill Todman, created and produced dozens of television game shows, including classics like What's My Line?, To Tell the Truth, and The Price Is Right. Goodson began a career in radio in 1937 and later moved to New York, where he metTodman in 1946. In 1950, Goodson and Todman sold What's My Line? to CBS television; their partnership lasted until Todman's death in 1979. Goodsonis credited with developing many familiar game show concepts: contestants buzzing in to answer questions, and having the champion return to face new challengers. Along with game shows such as Password, Family Feud, and The Match Game, Goodson also produced dramatic series like Branded and The Rebel. In addition to his television work, Goodson established a large chain of weekly and daily newspapers, which have won severalawards. Goodson earned a Lifetime Achievement for Daytime Television Emmy Award, and in 1993 he was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.

Birth Details
January 24, 1915
Sacramento, California, United States
Death Details
December 18, 1992
Manhattan, New York, United States

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