John Harlan (announcer)
John Henry Harlan (born December 21, 1925, in Sonoma County, California) is an American television announcer who has worked on numerous television projects for over 40 years, particularly game and variety shows.
Perhaps his best-known work was for the Bob Hope specials aired on NBC during the 1960s through the 1990s. Among game show fanciers, his most memorable outings were the versions of Name That Tune produced between 1974 and 1985.
Harlan attended California State University, Fresno, graduating in 1948. He served as class president for the fall term. At school he was friends with Wendell Bell, serving as his best man at his 1947 wedding.
- Golden Globe Awards
- People's Choice Awards
- Comic Relief (first special only; HBO, 1986)
- Password (ABC, 1971–75)
- Tattletales (CBS, 1974)
- The Flip Wilson Show
- The Merv Griffin Show (when based in Los Angeles)
- You Don't Say! (all versions)
- Face the Music (1980–81)
- Queen for a Day
- The Cross-Wits
- Jeopardy! (NBC, 1978–79)
- The Krypton Factor
- American Gladiators (Syndicated, 1990–93)
- Press Your Luck (as a fill-in for Rod Roddy)
- Password Plus (as a fill-in for Gene Wood)
- Name That Tune; he also served as one of the show's associate producers
- Your New Day with Vidal Sassoon
- Lucky Numbers (pilot similar to High Rollers in 1985)
- 50 Grand Slam
- All Star Blitz
- Celebrity Sweepstakes
- It Takes Two
- Relatively Speaking
- Sports Challenge (final season)
- Book of Lists
- General Hospital
- Solid Gold (final season, aka Solid Gold: In Concert)
- Jackpot! (Syndicated, 1989–90)
- UHF (Film, 1989; voice of in-film promos for U-62)
Harlan is now semi-retired, working only on occasional TV specials. He also was president of Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters.
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