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Game Show Host Jim Perry Claimed by Cancer, 82


Jim Perry

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Published Friday, November 20, 2015 5:08PM EST

Broadcaster Jim Perry, known for hosting several Canadian and American game shows and the Miss Canada Pageant for more than two decades, died on Friday. He was 82.

Born in New Jersey in on November 9, 1933, Perry started out as a singer before becoming the host of CTV’s “Definition,” a Hangman-style game show. He hosted the show for 15 years until it ended in 1989. From 1972 to 1983, he also hosted “Headline Hunters,” a CTV show that quizzed contestants on news by offering clues in the form of headlines.

He also hosted several American game shows, including “Card Sharks” and “$ale of the Century.”

Perry may be best known as the host of the Miss Canada Pageant, a role he held from 1967 to 1990. A talented vocalist, he was known for serenading the winning contestant to the tune “The Fairest Girl in Canada” after the crowning.



  1. I loved him on “Sale of the Century”. Some kind soul has uploaded some very poor quality copies (probably home VCR recordings) of Sale of the Century on YouTube. They are as exciting to watch today as they were 20 years ago.


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