George Fenneman

George Fenneman
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George Fenneman
TV: East side of the 1500 block of Vine Street
Actor | Radio Host | Radio Personality
Born Nov. 10, 1919 in Peking, China
Died May 29, 1997 of respiratory failure in Los Angeles, CA

George Fenneman was a veteran radio and television announcer with suave looks and a mellifluous voice who was best known as a foil for Groucho Marx on "You Bet Your Life."

Fenneman was also host of several game shows and the announcer for Jack Webb's "Dragnet."

"Listen, those were the biggest 15 years of my life," Fenneman told The Times in 1975 when KTLA-TV Channel 5 began showing reruns of Marx's 1950s comedic game show. " 'You Bet Your Life' was my career."

In the early days of the show, which began on radio in 1947 and on television in 1950, Fenneman was a straightforward announcer reading commercials. But Marx quickly made him the scorekeeper; he was frequently on camera and became a target of the comedian's barbed asides.

Fenneman also had his own shows in the early days of television including "Anybody Can Play," "The Perfect Husband," "Talk About Pictures" and "Your Funny, Funny Films," featuring viewers' home movies. He also was host of a highly regarded KCET-TV program, "On Campus."

From 1978 until 1995, Fenneman was the television spokesman for Home Savings of America.

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