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His way of addressing viewers and engaging them in the show held his true potential.

In 1975, Merv Griffin recruited Woolery to host his new game show ​"Wheel of Fortune." Woolery took the offer and successfully hosted the show until 1981, when a bitter salary dispute ended his run.

It wasn't long before he was scooped up to host other game shows, including "Love Connection," "Scrabble," "The Dating Game," "Greed" and ​"Lingo."Woolery has also done his own reality show, "Naturally Stoned" and live game shows in Las Vegas, hosted a short-lived self-titled talk show and played in the World Poker Tour for charity.

He has a well-known trademark: He does two, two-finger hand gestures before commercial breaks, signaling two minutes for the commercials and two seconds leading in and out of the break Woolery has also made appearances on dozens of shows, including ​"Melrose Place,​" ​"Hollywood Squares," "Chi Ps" and ​"Scrubs" and had parts in a few Hollywood movies.

The grinning, curly-haired Barris became a familiar face as creator and host of "The Gong Show," which aired from 1976 to 1980.

Patterned after the Major Bowes Amateur Hour show that was a radio hit in the 1930s, the program featured performers who had peculiar talents and, often, no talent at all.

Woolery runs his own company selling bass fishing equipment and supplies.

His best-known item is the Moto Lure, which he sells online and through QVC along with a collection of sports and outdoor gear.

Barris made game show history right off the bat, in 1966, with "The Dating Game," hosted by Jim Lange.While it's surprising that it took so long for a show like this to get made, especially given the current appetite for televised dating competitions, it's exciting that Logo is finally taking the lead.Finding Prince Charming is set to premiere this fall.Logo has just green-lit the first-ever reality dating TV show to feature a cast of all gay men, Variety reports.It's called Finding Prince Charming, and Lance Bass will host.

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