Bill Cullen

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Quotes (5)

  • Bill Cullen: (on appearing with fellow panel member Henry Morgan on I've Got a Secret) I've got to be careful that Henry Morgan and I don't get kidding and forget about the game. We've had the riot act read to us, let's face it. We've gotten the riot act for horsing up the show too much.

  • Bill Cullen: (on leaving his radio show in Pittsburgh to move to New York City) I looked at other no-longer-young guys in a deep rut on stations like mine, and said no, I'm not gonna be like this, even if I starve.

  • Bill Cullen: (on his 1955-1961 radio show) When I look back on my career, to use the term loosely, it’s one of my favorite times, because it was a stream of consciousness thing. I’d get up early, my wife would have my coffee for me, I’d have my same cab driver who picked me up every morning and brought me into the studio there at 30 Rock, and I would just…if I didn’t feel up to it I would pretty much just give the time and announce what we were going to play, and sooner or later something would occur and we’d start chatting.

  • Bill Cullen: (on his limp) Like thousands of other youngsters, I was stricken with polio as a child. Even with the wonderful care I received from my parents and doctors, I still carry the scars of this experience. Somehow, it never got me down. That's why I would rather not have people who see me limp along show any pity, distress or compassion - since I don't feel this way about my physical condition.

  • Bill Cullen: (on newer game shows, in a 1988 interview) I don't enjoy television as much as I used to. It's not as much fun. There's a lot of greed today, it seems. A lot of business administration aspirants coming along. They used to play it for fun, to get on the air and have their friends see them. You'd give them a thousand dollars and you made their year. Now, unless it's twenty or thirty thousand dollars, they look at you like you suckered them into a deal that really didn't turn out as well as they perhaps had hoped.

Trivia (18)

  • After Eye Guess went off the air in 1969, Bill entered the longest period of his career in which he did not host a show. It would be a year and a half before he took another hosting job. However, during the lull Bill appeared as a regular panelist on To Tell the Truth and You're Putting Me On while hosting a one- to five-minute weekday feature on NBC Radio called "Emphasis."

  • During his early days in New York Bill worked as a stage announcer for Tommy Dorsey's orchestra, which featured young singer Frank Sinatra.

  • During his college years Bill worked in his father's garage as a mechanic and tow-truck driver.

  • For the most part Bill Cullen's limp was hidden from viewers of the various gameshows on which he hosted or paneled and not refered to on camera. However on one rare instance, Bill himself made a reference to it. On an episode of I've Got a Secret, the panel was faced with a contestant (actor Billy Sands from The Phil Silvers Show in make-up) whose secret was "My interpereter and I are speaking in double-talk." After only one question Bill was immediatly suspicious and said, "I think somebody's pulling my good leg!"

  • In 1983 Cullen was a contestant during "Game Show Hosts Week" on Family Feud. Other contestants included Bob Eubanks, Jim Perry, Nipsey Russell, Betty White, Tom Kennedy, Jim Lange, Peter Marshall, Bert Parks and Leslie Uggams.

  • Bill made one forgettable record album titled, "Bill Cullen's Minstrel Spectacular." Bill introduced minstrel songs performed by studio musicians in this history of the uniquely American form of entertainment.

  • Cullen was nominated three times for Emmy Awards: as host of Blockbusters, Three on a Match, and Hot Potato. He won the award in 1973 for Three on a Match.

  • In 1977 Bill hosted four episodes of a game show titled How Do You Like Your Eggs? The series was a test of a new interactive cable TV system in which contestants and subscribers at home answered survey questions by pushing buttons on a box the network provided. The producers gave Bill a home version of the video game “Pong” to thank him for his help. According to the producers, Bill was fascinated with the game.

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