Ray Combs
Name: Raymond Neil "Ray" Combs, Jr.
Born: April 3, 1956
Died: June 2, 1996
Place of death: Glendale, California
Occupation: Host, Comedian, Actor
Years active: 1983-1996
Known for: Hosting Family Feud from 1988-1994
Raymond Neil "Ray" Combs, Jr. (April 3, 1956 – June 2, 1996) was an American comedian, actor, and host of the game show Family Feud on CBS and in syndication from 1988 to 1994 (he was later replaced by Richard Dawson in 1994). Following the cancellation of Feud, Combs attempted to get back into television with the short-lived Family Challenge on The Family Channel (then Fox Family, later ABC Family, now Freeform) in 1995 (he was then later proceeded by Michael Burger when the show was re-titled as The New Family Challenge in 1996), but his life had already taken a severe downturn including a divorce from his wife, Debbie Combs, a near-fatal car accident, financial problems, and severely hitting his head on the walls and damaging the inside of his house, which ultimately led to his suicide in 1996 where he fashioned a noose with his bed sheets and hung himself in the closet of his hospital room. 


  • Before Ray Combs hosted Family Feud, he appeared in movies & TV shows from 1985-1988. His very first show he appeared on was The Facts of Life. His role on an episode of that show was The Technician.
  • Ray Combs appeared on The Price is Right & Card Sharks one time to announce that Family Feud is airing on CBS.

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