Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada
Place of Death
Bel Air, Los Angeles, California
Claim to Fame
People Are Funny
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Arthur Gordon "Art" Linkletter was a Canadian-American radio and television personality and the former host of two long-running United States television shows: House Party, which ran on CBS radio and television for 25 years, and People Are Funny, on NBC radio-TV for 19 years. Linkletter was famous for interviewing children on House Party and Kids Say the Darndest Things, which led to a successful series of books quoting children.
Linkletter was born Gordon Arthur Kelly in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. In his autobiography, Confessions of a Happy Man (1960), he revealed that he had had no contact with his natural parents or his sister or two brothers since he was abandoned when only a few weeks old. He was adopted by Mary (née Metzler) and Fulton John Linkletter, an evangelical preacher. Later moving to the United States, he graduated from San Diego State University (SDSU) where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. While he attended San Diego State, he played for the basketball team, and swam for the swim team. He had previously planned to attend Springfield College, but did not for financial reasons. He later served for many years as a trustee at Springfield College, and donated money to build the swim center named in his honor. He passed away on May 26, 2010.
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Arthur Gordon Kelly
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Arthur Gordon Linkletter (born Arthur Gordon Kelly, or Gordon Arthur Kelley (sources differ), July 17, 1912 – May 26, 2010) was a Canadian-born American radio and television personality. He was the host of House Party, which ran on CBS radio and television for 25 years, and People Are Funny, on NBC radio and TV for 19 years. He became a naturalized United States citizen in 1942.
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San Diego State College
TV commercial for Toasta Pizza (1972), TV commercial for Circus Nuts with his daughter Diane Linkletter (late 60s)
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www.nndb.com/people/643/000022577/, www.biography.com/people/art-linkletter-9542345, www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=52895953
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