Short Info

DiedJune 9, 1981, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseBetty White, Margaret McGloin
FactAttended the University of Texas.

Allen Ludden was born on October 5, 1917, in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. His parents were Elsie (nee Thayer) and Chester Ludden. He had two older sisters, Dorothy and Elizabeth. Ludden was a talented athlete and excelled in both basketball and baseball. He graduated from high school in 1935 and went on to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison on a basketball scholarship.

Ludden’s basketball career was cut short by a knee injury, but he remained at UW-Madison, graduating with a degree in English in 1939. He then took a job as a high school English teacher and basketball coach in River Falls, Wisconsin. In 1941, he married Margaret McGloin. The couple had three children: David, Sarah, and Susan.

Ludden’s career took an unexpected turn in 1943 when he was recruited by the United States Army to serve as a Japanese language instructor. He spent the next three years teaching Japanese to American soldiers in California and Hawaii. After the war, Ludden returned to teaching and coaching. In 1950, he earned a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from UW-Madison.

Ludden’s big break came in 1951 when he was hired as the host of a new game show called “Password.” The show was an instant hit and made Ludden a household name. He went on to host several other game shows, including “The Newlywed Game” and “Name That Tune.”

In 1963, Ludden met Betty White while she was a guest on “Password.” The two became fast friends and began dating shortly thereafter. They married in 1963 and remained together until Ludden’s death in 1981.

Ludden was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 1980 and died on June 9, 1981, at the age of 63. He was survived by his wife, Betty White, and their three children.

General Info

Full NameAllen Ludden
DiedJune 9, 1981, Los Angeles, California, United States
ProfessionActor, Talent agent, Game Show Host, Presenter
EducationUniversity of Texas at Austin


SpouseBetty White, Margaret McGloin
ChildrenDavid Ludden, Sarah Ludden, Martha Ludden
ParentsElmer Ellsworth, Leila M. Allen, Homer Ludden, Jr


AwardsDaytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host
TV ShowsExpedition Africa, Liar's Club, Password Plus and Super Password, Stumpers, Password, College Bowl, Unbreakable, Win with the Stars

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1Attended the University of Texas.
2Posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; it is located next to his wife Betty White's star.
3Recipient of the Horatio Alger Award (1961).
4He and his first wife had three children: David, Martha, and Sarah.
5He met his wife, Betty White, on an episode of Password All-Stars (1961), when she was a panelist.




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Fantasy Island1980TV SeriesJudge Meyer
Futureworld1976Game Show Host
It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman!1975TV MoviePerry White
Banacek1974TV SeriesInterviewer
The Odd Couple1972TV SeriesAllen Ludden
The Pet Set1971TV SeriesAnnouncer
The Milton Berle Show1966TV Series
Batman1966TV SeriesDavid Dooley
On the Carousel1954TV SeriesHost (1953-1954)


Dinah!1977TV Series performer - 1 episode


Password Plus1979-2012TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself
Black and White Overnight2001TV SeriesHost ('Password')
Card Sharks1980TV SeriesHimself
The Gossip Columnist1980TV MovieHimself
Match Game PM1980TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Betty White1978TV SpecialHimself - Comedian
The 1978 Annual Iris Awards1978TV SpecialHimself
Dinah!1974-1977TV SeriesHimself
The Carol Burnett Show1975-1977TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Audience Member
Stumpers!1976TV SeriesHimself - Host
Liar's Club1976TV SeriesHimself / Host (1977-1978)
Showoffs1975TV SeriesHimself
Password All-Stars1962-1975TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself / Host / ...
Mitzi and a Hundred Guys1975TV SpecialHimself
Match Game 731974TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1967-1974TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Co-Host
The Joker's Wild1972TV SeriesHimself - Host
O'Hara, U.S. Treasury1972TV SeriesHimself
He Said, She Said1970TV SeriesHimself
Allen Ludden's Gallery1969TV SeriesHimself - Host
Talking Pictures1968TV MovieHimself - Host
What's My Line?1962-1967TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panelist / Himself - Mystery Guest
The Merv Griffin Show1965TV SeriesHimself
That Regis Philbin Show1965TV SeriesHimself
The Steve Allen Playhouse1964TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963TV SeriesHimself - Guest
To Tell the Truth1962-1963TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panelist
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself
The General Electric College Bowl1959TV SeriesHimself - Host

Archive Footage

Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl2012TV SpecialHimself
Pioneers of Television2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Biography2003TV Series documentaryHimself
The Most Outrageous Game Show Moments2002TV SpecialHimself
TV's Funniest Game Show Moments1984TV SpecialHimself


Won Awards

1988Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 31 March 1988. At 6743 Hollywood Blvd.
1976Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host or Hostess - Game or Audience Participation ShowPassword (1961)

Nominated Awards

1974Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsBest Host or Hostess in a Game ShowPassword (1961)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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