What can you tell me about George Gray, the announcer on “The Price Is Right”? Is he a brother to Cat Gray, the keyboardist on “Let’s Make a Deal”?
—Sharon Davis, Bryan, Ohio
Gray, who took over as announcer for “The Price Is Right” in April 2011, was born in St. Louis, Mo., and raised in Tucson, Ariz., where he graduated from the University of Arizona. He is no relation to Cat Gray.
Prior to “Price,” Gray, 46, was the host of the game shows “Weakest Link” and “Junkyard Wars.” For the latter, he received a primetime Emmy Award nomination.
His other hosting credits include “Man Land,” “Gimme My Reality Show!,” “What’s With That House?,” the sports-fantasy reality series “I’d Do Anything,” “$25 Million Dollar Hoax,” “National Lampoon’s Greek Games” and the live version of “The Gong Show” called “Extreme Gong.”
He also hosted “Movies for Guys Who Like Movies” and “FXM Friday Nights.” Gray created and co-hosted A&E’s sketch comedy show “A Guy Walks Into a Bar” with “Cheers” alum George Wendt.
Gray is active in philanthropic causes and has served as co-host of the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) telethon, and regularly lends his time to other events to support muscular dystrophy research, including the annual LOVE RIDE fund-raiser.
In his spare time, Gray likes to relax by tinkering with things, including his collection of vintage cars and motorcycles. He says the best way to learn about something is to “take it apart and put it back together. If it still works and you haven’t wound up in the hospital, chances are that you’ve done it right.”