Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Jim Perry, TV Host of Game Shows

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Jim Perry, TV Host of Game Shows

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Jim Perry, the genial host of the popular NBC game shows "Card Sharks" and "$ale of the Century" in the 1970s and '80s, died on Friday at his home in Ashland, Ore. He was 82.

The cause was cancer, his family said.

Mr. Perry led both shows with wholesome wisecracks. He hosted "Card Sharks" from 1978 until 1981, its first run (later versions were hosted by Bob Eubanks and Pat Bullard); and the 1983 reboot of "$ale of the Century" until its final episode in 1989.

"Card Sharks" was based on the idea of an over-under bet: contestants tried to guess whether the next card would be higher or lower than one currently visible.

"$ale of the Century" was a more conventional trivia show in which contestants answered questions to amass money and other prizes.

Mr. …

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