Art Linkletter

  • Birth Name: Gordon Arthur Kelly
  • Birth Place: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Died: May 26, 2010
  • Profession: TV personality, Radio host
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  • Was abandoned as an infant and subsequently adopted by a preacher and his wife, John and Mary Linkletter.
  • Is in the San Diego State University Hall of Fame as a basketball player. Also tried out for the 1936 Olympics as a swimmer.
  • His hugely popular show Kids Say the Darndest Things actually started out as a segment on an earlier show called House Party.
  • The popularity of Kids Say the Darndest Things led to a series of books of the same name which were illustrated by Charles M. Schulz, one of the rare non-Peanuts projects he worked on.
  • Has never had an agent or a business manager.
  • At one point, had shows on all three existing television networks at the same time.
  • Was a close friend of Walt Disney and was asked by Disney to host the opening of his theme park, Disneyland.
  • Was named Ambassador to Australia by President Ronald Reagan.
  • Received a Daytime Emmy for lifetime achievement in 2003.


  • 1969, Grammy — Best Spoken Word Recording: Winner


  • Fulton John Linkletter — Father
  • Jack Linkletter — Son
  • Sharon Hershey — Daughter
  • Robert Linkletter — Son
  • Dawn Griffin — Daughter
  • Diane Linkletter — Daughter
  • Mary Metzler Linkletter — Mother
  • Lois Foerster — Wife


  • San Diego State College, San Diego, California, United States (1934)
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