Ray Combs attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio but never graduated.
He was Mormon.
He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, in Hamilton, Butler County, OH.
His English teacher had encouraged him to pursue a career in comedy.
After his death, his body was taken to the Praiswater Mortuary, where his funeral was held. He was then flown back to Ohio and buried.
He once wrote to David Letterman and asked, "How do you get to be a successful comic in Hollywood?" David Letterman responded, "First, you move to Hollywood."
Children: Raymond Neil Combs III (born September 15, 1978); Kelly Jo Combs (born August 25, 1980); Whitney Nicole Combs (born June 26, 1983); Chelsy Jae Combs (born July 2, 1987); Kirby Lee Combs (born October 30, 1988) and Cody Ryan Combs (born March 16, 1991).
On July 4, 1988, he was introduced formally to America as the new host of Family Feud.
His trade mark was his cordless microphone on post-1990 eps of Family Feud.
He was 5'8".
The day he committed suicide happened to be his ex-wife's 40th birthday.
He owned a comedy club, called CaddyCombs, in Cincinnati, OH, but it went out of business after a dispute with his business partner.
He had six children with his ex-wife, Debbie.
Began hosting a Game Show called Family Challenge in 1995, but the show never became popular.
After "Family Feud," Combs hosted a short-lived game show on the Family Channel.
Ray Combs: You need 105 points. If 105 people said milk, out of a survey of 100 people , this show is illegal, and we're all going to be on a documentary in 20 years.
Ray Combs: (in 1998, on succeeding Richard Dawson as host) People say those are big shoes to fill. I don't have to wear his shoes. I've got my own.
Ray Combs: I'm real excited about being on CBS and hosting this show. I have been studying all of the great CBS shows. I think I'm prepared, so if you're ready, let's have the first item up for bids.
Ray Combs: You know, I've done this show for six years, and this could be the first time that I had a person that actually got no points, and I think it's a damn fine way to go out. I thought I was a loser until you walked up here; you made me feel like a man.
Ray Combs: Never get into an argument with a schizophrenic person and say, "Who do you think you are?"