4 December 1933 (age 89)
Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee, United States
Winston Conrad "Wink" Martindale (born December 4, 1933) is probably better known as a game show host. Martindale has hosted numerous game shows, including What's This Song?, Gambit, Headline Chasers, High Rollers, The Last Word, Great Getaway Game, Trivial Pursuit, Shuffle, Boggle, Jumble, Instant Recall, Debt, and most famously Tic-Tac-Dough. In addition, he was the creator of Bumper Stumpers. Famous for his campy, cheesy personality (his colorful suits, "hat day" on Tic-Tac-Dough, etc.), Martindale quickly became one of America's favorite game show hosts and is thought to be the inspiration for the game show host stereotype as it is today. As of today, he is the second television personality to have hosted 15 game shows, behind fellow veteran game show host, Bill Cullen, who had hosted 23, and in front of fellow game show hosts Tom Kennedy, who hosted 13, and Bob Eubanks and Alex Trebek, who both had hosted 9.
His rendition of the spoken-word song, "The Deck Of Cards," went to number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and sold over a million copies in 1959. It also peaked at #5 in the UK Singles Chart in April 1963, one of four visits to that chart. It was followed by "Black Land Farmer".
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