Allen Ludden (b. October 5, 1917 – d. June 9, 1981) was an American television emcee and game show host. He was born Allen Packard Ellsworth in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated. For many years up until his death he was married to frequent Password player and actress Betty White. Ludden suffered stomach cancer and had a stroke, causing his death on June 9, 1981.