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Bill Rafferty
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Name: William "Bill" Rafferty
Born: June 17, 1944
Died: August 11, 2012
Place of death: San Rafael, California, U.S.
Occupation: Host, Comedian, Impressionist
Years active: 1979-2012
Known for: Hosting the game shows Blockbusters and Card Sharks
Bill Rafferty (June 17, 1944 - August 11, 2012) was a comedian and impressionist who hosted several short-lived game shows. He was born in Queens, New York. His first national TV exposure came as a roving reporter on the NBC reality series Real People, which ran from 1979 to 1984.

During his brief game show hosting stints, Rafferty developed several catchphrases, including "dual implication" on Blockbusters (meaning that either contestant can win or that someone has to win) and "the land of parting gifts" on Blockbusters and Card Sharks (meaning that the contestant who lost the game wins whatever prizes are mentioned by the announcer in the closing plug).

At the time of his death, Rafferty was the host of a show called "Retired and Wired" on RLTV.

Shows HostedEdit

Every Second Counts 1984-1985
Card Sharks 1986-1987 (Syn Ver.)
Run for the Money (Pilot) 1987
Blockbusters 1987
Boggle (Pilot) 1987

Shows AppearedEdit

Family Feud
Scrabble
Super Password
Wordplay

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