Gene Rayburn

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  • Birth Name: Eugene Jelyevich
  • Birth Place: Christopher, Illinois, United States
  • Died: November 29, 1999
  • Profession: Actor, Announcer, Host
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  • Was the son of Croatian immigrants.
  • Was senior class president in high school.
  • Served in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot and bombardier in WWII.
  • Originally wanted to enter the entertainment industry in hopes of becoming an opera singer.
  • Was given his first job in the entertainment field as a page for NBC.
  • Prior to acting, co-hosted a morning radio show called Rayburn & Finch in NYC in the 1940s.
  • Contended that his career came to a halt when he was 68 and Entertainment Tonight revealed his age as being older than many thought.
  • Given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in October 1999, only a month before his death.

Relationships

  • Lynne Rayburn — Daughter
  • Mary Hivec Rubessa — Mother
  • Milan Rubessa — Stepfather
  • Helen Rayburn — Wife (deceased)

College

  • Attended Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, United States

Details

  • Birth Name: Eugene Jelyevich
  • Birth Place: Christopher, Illinois, United States
  • Died: November 29, 1999
  • Profession: Actor, Announcer, Host

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