Don Pardo, the Voice of 'SNL', Dies at 96


Don Pardo, the iconic announcer and voice-over talent for Saturday Night Live since the show's beginning in 1975, passed away Monday evening.

Don Pardo was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2010 and was the first voice-over announcer to receive the honor. He's perhaps best known for the SNL intro heard after, "Live, from New York, it's Saturday night!"

Although Pardo technically retired from NBC in 2004, he continued to lend his voice to the SNL intros every week. He has been a mainstay of SNL during all but one of its 40 seasons.

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When Pardo was hired by Lorne Michaels in 1975 to be the voice of SNL, he had already had a career that spanned over three decades. During his tenure, he often participated in a number of the sketches, lending his voice to SNL's various fake game shows, commercials and infomercials.

Before working on the weekend show, Pardo did introductions to classic game shows such as Jeopardy, The Price Is Right, Winning Streak and Jackpot, to name a few. Pardo also introduced the NBC Nightly News, and was even called upon to report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

Check out Pardo describing his SNL warm-up, below:

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