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DiedNovember 1, 2010, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States
FactHe is also featured on the Simon and Garfunkel song "7 O'Clock News/Silent Night" as the news announcer.

Charlie O’Donnell was born on July 13, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents were both Irish immigrants. He has four brothers and sisters. O’Donnell was educated at Catholic schools in Philadelphia. He played football and basketball in high school. After graduation, he attended La Salle College. He played football and baseball in college.

O’Donnell began his career as a page at NBC in New York City. He later became a staff announcer for the network. He is best known for being the voice of ABC’s Wide World of Sports from 1961 to 1998. He also announced for many other ABC programs, including The Superstars, Monday Night Football, and The American Sportsman.

O’Donnell was the voice of the lottery game show The Big Spin from 1986 to 1987. He also hosted the game show Wheel of Fortune from 1975 to 1980.

O’Donnell was married to his wife, Beverly, for 50 years. They had four children together. O’Donnell died on November 1, 2010 at the age of 78.

General Info

DiedNovember 1, 2010, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States
ProfessionActor, Announcer, Journalist, Newscaster


TV ShowsWheel of Fortune, Press Your Luck, Pyramid, Tic-Tac-Dough, Card Sharks, The Newlywed Game, The Joker's Wild, The Gong Show, Solid Gold, All Star Secrets, The Wizard of Odds, Hot Potato, Monopoly, Wordplay, Where the Action Is, Happening '68

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1I am very lucky that I have had such a wonderful home base at Wheel of Fortune. Throughout my 40 plus years working as an announcer, I have had the honor to have worked with some of the leading entertainers in the world.


1He is also featured on the Simon and Garfunkel song "7 O'Clock News/Silent Night" as the news announcer.
2Married Ellen Lerner O'Donnell, May 7, 1989. Knew each other for years in the music business then reconnected years later. Fixed up by director Jeff Margolis and wife Leslie.
3Children: Son Dennis O'Donnell works in music publishing; daughter Patricia O'Donnell-Rough manages the Instructional Media Collections and Services for UCLA; son Michael O'Donnell is a set dresser for the movie industry; and youngest child Bridgid O'Donnell is a digital motion picture restoration artist.
4Charlie is best known known as the "voice" of Wheel Of Fortune, a job he had done for a total of 28 years on both the Daytime and syndicated shows.
5Most famous as Dick Clark's announcer/sidekick on "American Bandstand."
6Prolific announcer of over 20 game shows.



Burt Luddin's Love Buffet1999TV SeriesAnnouncer
Cops and Robbersons1994Newscaster
Martin1994TV SeriesPublic Address Announcer
The Richard Pryor Show1977TV SeriesAnnouncer / Reporter
Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters1969TV SeriesAnnouncer
Batman1966TV SeriesTV Announcer


The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards1999TV Movie documentary announcer
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards1991TV Special announcer
The 18th Annual American Music Awards1991TV Special announcer
The 21st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards1986TV Special announcer


Wheel of Fortune1998Video Game special thanks


Wheel of Fortune2010Video GameHimself - Announcer
Wheel of Fortune1988-2010TV SeriesHimself - Announcer
Witness to History: Days That Shook the World: 1940-19491999ShortHimself - Narrator
Wheel of Fortune1998Video GameHimself - Announcer (voice)
Broadway at the Hollywood Bowl1994TV SpecialHimself - Announcer
The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom1993TV MovieHimself - Newscaster
Wheel of Fortune1975-1991TV SeriesHimself - Announcer
Let's Go Back1991TV SeriesHimself - Announcer (1991-1993)
L.A. Law1990TV SeriesHimself - Announcer
To Tell the Truth1990TV SeriesSub-Announcer (1990-1991)
Monopoly1990TV SeriesAnnouncer
The Gong Show1988TV SeriesAnnouncer
The All-New Dating Game1987-1988TV SeriesHimself - Announcer
ABC Presents: A Royal Gala1988TV MovieHimself - Announcer (voice)
Solid Gold1986-1988TV SeriesHimself - Announcer
Celebrity Secrets1988TV MovieHimself - Announcer (voice)
Jumble1988TV MovieHimself - Announcer (voice, unconfirmed)
The $10,000 Pyramid1986-1987TV SeriesHimself - Announcer
The $25,000 Pyramid1987TV SeriesHimself - Announcer
Dance Fever1980-1987TV SeriesHimself - Announcer
Wordplay1986TV SeriesAnnouncer
America Votes the #1 Song1986TV MovieHimself - Announcer
Press Your Luck1986TV SeriesHimself - Announcer
Bamboozle1986TV MovieHimself - Announcer (voice)
Time Machine1985TV SeriesAnnouncer
American Bandstand's 33 1/3 Celebration1985TV SpecialHimself - Announcer
All Star Blitz1985TV SeriesHimself - Announcer
Split Decision1985TV MovieHimself - Announcer
The Big Spin1985TV SeriesHimself - Announcer (1985)
Trivia Trap1984TV SeriesAnnouncer (1984-1985)
Hot Potato1984TV SeriesHimself - Announcer
The New Newlywed Game1984TV SeriesAnnouncer (1987-1988)
Super Bloopers and Practical Jokes1984TV SeriesAnnouncer
211982TV MovieHimself - Announcer (voice)
American Bandstand's 30th Anniversary Special1981TV MovieHimself - Announcer
Celebrity Bullseye1980TV SeriesAnnouncer
All Star Secrets1979TV SeriesAnnouncer (1979)
The Cheap Show1978TV SeriesAnnouncer
The New Tic Tac Dough1978TV SeriesAnnouncer (1982-1986)
Card Sharks1978TV SeriesSub-announcer (1980, 1986-1989)
American Bandstand's 25th Anniversary1977TV SpecialHimself - Announcer
Decisions, Decisions1977TV MovieHimself - Announcer
Stumpers!1976TV SeriesAnnouncer
The Wizard of Odds1973TV SeriesAnnouncer (1973-1974)
The Joker's Wild1972TV SeriesAnnouncer (1982-1986)
New American Bandstand 19651958-1967TV SeriesHimself - Announcer
Everybody's Talking1967TV SeriesAnnouncer (April-December 1967)

Archive Footage

Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!!2003TV Special documentaryNBC Spokesman (uncredited)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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