"Nobody keeps an audience engaged like Jeopardy!’s resident entertainer, Johnny Gilbert. Over the span of his career, Johnny has done it all, from performing in nightclubs and as a recording artist, to entertaining movie and television audiences. So much more than the voice of Jeopardy!, Johnny’s a true Hollywood showman."
- From the Jeopardy! website
I've been a fan of Jeopardy! for a while now, but I have to admit that I didn't know much about the show's announcer, the affable Johnny Gilbert - until recently. I was somewhat surprised to discover that Johnny is a nonagenarian. He is 94 years of age but his voice sounds much younger. It is extremely clear and resonant. Nobody can say "This is Jeopardy!" the way Johnny does. As Mike Richards, former executive producer of the show put it, "If you just listen to the way Johnny articulates each name, each word, he has a voice and even more importantly, delivery, unlike anyone else."
John Lewis Gilbert III cam into the world on July 13, 1928. He was born and raised in the coastal city of Newport News, on the banks of the Hampton Roads harbour, a short distance from Virginia Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Johnny's grandmother was a church singer and Johnny followed in her footsteps. He sang in the choir of a Lutheran church in his hometown. While a student, at Morrison High School in Newport News, Johnny studied opera and tried to launch a career as a professional singer. He performed vocals with Shelley Harmon and His Orchestra, a dance band that toured around Virginia.
|Johnny (R) with Alex Trebek|
|Johnny and Sheree|