Wheel of Fortune Announcer Dies at 78

‘Wheel of Fortune’ voice passed away on Sunday

Time Magazine

You might not know his face, but you definitely know his voice.

Charlie O’Donnell, the former radio announcer best known as the voice behind Wheel of Fortune, died of undisclosed causes in Los Angeles Sunday night, his agent told the Associated Press.

He began his television career with Dick Clark on American Bandstand, and then served as announcer for shows like the Oscars, the Emmys and The Newlywed Game. In 1975, he became the man behind Wheel of Fortune, and signed on even before Pat Sajak and Vanna White. He was still with the show when he died.

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