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Don Pardo, Voice of 'Saturday Night Live' Passes Away at 93

Updated: Tuesday, September 23 2014, 09:20 PM CDT
(CNN) -- Don Pardo, the announcer whose velvety
baritone voice introduced "Saturday Night Live" hosts on NBC for
decades, has
died at age 96, the network announced.

Pardo was the announcer
for "SNL" for all but one season over the program's 39-year run. Prior
to announcing for the comedy show, he was  a familiar voice on NBC,
handling the announcing duties on such programs as the old "Price Is
Right" and the Art Fleming-hosted     version of "Jeopardy!"

In a tweet, "NBC Nightly News" described Pardo as "legendary,"          and cast members from "SNL's" long run chimed in with approval.

"Any SNL actor will tell
u:the ultimate moment of your career was hearing Don Pardo say your
name. Each week he represented a dream come true," tweeted Rachel
Dratch, who appeared on the show from 1999 to 2006.

Don Pardo, Voice of 'Saturday Night Live' Passes Away at 93

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