- Category : 1917-births
- Type : MEG
- Profile : 2/5 - Hermit / Heretic
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX The Vessel of Love 4
American TV personality, host of the long-running and popular game show, "The Match Game" for which he garnered several Emmy nominations. The show, popular in the '60s and '70s, was a showcase for Rayburn's elegance, wit, and broad grin, complete with dimples.
Rayburn was the original straight man for Steve Allen on the earliest showings of "The Tonight Show." In 1955 he hosted his first game show, "Make the Connection."
A sometime actor, Rayburn starred in live stage productions of "La Cage aux Folles" and Neil Simon's "Come Blow Your Horn." Indeed his original career plan was to be an opera singer, but he was sidetracked into TV where he made his mark with witty repartee. He debuted as host of "The Match Game" on December 31, 1962.
He married Helen Ticknor on January 1, 1940 and they had one daughter, Lynn. His beloved wife died in late 1997 and, still grieving, he died of congestive heart failure in Gloucester, MA on November 29, 1999, just a month before his 82nd birthday.