Ralph Andrews

Ralph Andrews
Born Ralph Herrick Andrews
(1927-12-17)December 17, 1927
Saginaw, Michigan
Died October 16, 2015(2015-10-16) (aged 87)
Ventura, California
Occupation Television producer and host
Years active 1960s–1988
Spouse(s) Aleksandra
Children Seven

Ralph Herrick Andrews (December 17, 1927 – October 16, 2015) was an American television producer best known for producing the 1960s game show You Don't Say!, the 1970s game show Celebrity Sweepstakes, and the original 1987 version of Lingo.

Early years

Born[1] and raised in Saginaw, Michigan, Andrews worked as a radio disc jockey[2] before becoming a studio page at NBC and working as an apprentice to Ralph Edwards.[3]


He also produced the Vin Scully edition of It Takes Two, Liar's Club, and 50 Grand Slam in the 1970s, as well as I'll Bet in 1965, and its revival which had a healthy four-year run from 1969 called It's Your Bet. One of his final productions was a syndicated game show called Yahtzee.

In 1968 Andrews gained his sole director credit, for a documentary about early film history, Silent Treatment. He was executive producer of the film Wild in the Sky in 1972.

From 1980 to 1986, Andrews and his production company had an office at Columbia Pictures' lot located at the Burbank Studios in Burbank, California. Andrews had a deal with Columbia Pictures Television to present projects to the studio. If CPT wasn't interested, Andrews had the right to pass on the project to other studios as long as he was properly credited; the provisions in the contract led to a lawsuit filed against Paramount Television by Andrews over the 1984 game show Anything for Money, which had originated in Andrews' production company.[4]


After an approach by Senator Bob Dole, Andrews joined the Republican National Committee as Director of Education and Training, with responsibility for providing media and television training to Republican candidates.[5] In 1977, he was one of three candidates in a special election for the legislative seat from California's 22nd State Senatorial District.[6]

From 1998 to 2001 Andrews wrote an opinion blog expounding on his mostly conservative-Republican views.[7] This followed on from similar print columns, originally in a local newspaper and then in a paper he purchased and published himself (The Harbor News, Ventura, California). He was also active in promoting nuclear energy as a solution to global warming.[5]


Andrews' films included Wild in the Sky and The Silent Treatment.[2] In 1984 Andrews obtained the movie rights to the life story of the Polish union leader and human rights activist, Lech Wałęsa, whom he met and became friends with. No film resulted, but Wałęsa and his wife stood as godparents to Ralph's son in 1988.[8]

Other professional activities

Andrews was involved in education at UCLA Extension and Rio Hondo College, teaching television and film production courses at both institutions.[6]

Andrews was a co-founder of the Entertainment Industries Council, which helps people combat abuse of drugs and alcohol.[2]


On October 16, 2015, Andrews died of Alzheimer's disease in Ventura, California at the age of 87.[8] He was survived by his wife, five sons, two daughters, 15 grandchidlren and 20 great-grandchildren.[2]

Notes and references

  1. "Ralph Andrews, 87". Classic Images. January 2016. p. 47.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Bryant, Jacob (October 16, 2015). "Game Show Producer Ralph Andrews Dies at 87". Variety. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  3. Handsaker, Gene (September 2, 1967). "Silent Film Finally Will Make Comeback". Texas, Corpus Christi. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times. p. 28. Retrieved January 13, 2016 via Newspapers.com.
  4. Ralph Andrews Productions, Inc. v. Paramount Pictures Corp. (1990)
  5. 1 2 "The Biography of Ralph the Troublemaker". The Troublemaker. Archived from the original on 27 Apr 2011. Retrieved 18 Oct 2015.
  6. 1 2 Marelius, John (March 6, 1977). "3 seeking 22nd district seat in state Senate". California, Van Nuys. Valley News. p. 14. Retrieved January 13, 2016 via Newspapers.com.
  7. "Ralph the Troublemaker". The Troublemaker. Archived from the original on 1 Jan 2010. Retrieved 21 Oct 2015.
  8. 1 2 "Ralph Andrews, Prolific Game Show Producer, Dies at 87". The Hollywood Reporter. October 16, 2015. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
Preceded by
Michael Reagan
Host of Lingo
Succeeded by
Chuck Woolery
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