Game Show Announcer Rod Roddy

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on November 23, 2003

Can you tell us anything about Rod Roddy, who was on The Price is Right? It sounds like his voice, but it never shows him like it used to.

—Janie S. (via e-mail)

Rod Roddy, born Robert Ray Roddy, died on Oct. 27 from colon and breast cancer at age 66. He had been ill for more than two years and hospitalized for the last two months, but worked on the game show as long as he possibly could. “The courage he showed during those difficult times was an inspiration to us all,” says The Price Is Right host Bob Barker. The Texas native was in his 16th year as Barker’s sidekick and announcer on the top-rated game show. Roddy was well enough to tape the first show of the new season, which marked the show’s 32nd year on CBS. Roddy, who was single, launched his television career when he became the narrator of ABC’s comedy Soap. He had a long history with game shows. He worked on Whew! and Press Your Luck on CBS and Battle of the Stars on NBC. Roddy also worked on Love Connection before joining The Price Is Right.