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Don Pardo: The Man with the Big Voice

Academy Of Televison's 19th Annual Hall Of Fame Induction GalaAs a staff announcer at NBC for 60 years, Don Pardo was a robust, velvety virtuoso of enunciation, whose baritone resonated like the aftertaste of a full-bodied fine wine.

His trademark gig was performing the introductions at the beginning of each episode of Saturday Night Live, which he did for all but one season between the show’s debut in October 1975 and its most recent season finale in May.  

Pardo, who died on Aug. 18 at age 96 in Tucson, Ariz., was such an iconic part of SNL that Lorne Michael, the show’s creator, told the New York Times: “Each year, the new cast couldn’t wait to hear their name said by him.” But doing the venerable comedy series was just one of the many lines on a résumé that stretched back to the late 1930s.

Here are some highlights of Pardo’s life and career.





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