Gene Rayburn
Name: Eugene Rubessa
Born: December 22, 1917
Died: November 29, 1999
Place of death: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Occupation: Host, Comedian, Actor
Years active: 1953-1998
Known for: Hosting Match Game
Gene Rayburn (born Eugene Rubessa December 22, 1917 – November 29, 1999) was an American radio and television personality. Eugene Rubessa (pronounced /ruːˈbeɪʃə/) in Christopher, Illinois, was an only child of Croatian immigrants and graduated from Knox College.

He chose his stage name by randomly pointing at a page in the telephone book, after being told Rubessa sounded "too Italian".

Shows HostedEdit


Early PhotosEdit

Match Game CrazynessEdit

Rayburn on SNL in 1990Edit


Gene Rayburn Passing - GSN 199924:21

Gene Rayburn Passing - GSN 1999


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