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Name: Raymond Neil Combs, Jr.                                                       
Born: 3 April 1956 Hamilton, Ohio, United States                                     
Died: 2 June 1996 Glendale, California, United States                               
Raymond Neil Combs, Jr. (April 3, 1956 - June 2, 1996) was an American comedian     
and host of the game show Family Feud on CBS and in syndication from 1988 to         
The Hamilton, Ohio-born Combs ascended into the world of comedy after moving to     
Los Angeles in 1983 and doing audience warmups for sitcoms. Johnny Carson           
noticed this and invited him to perform on The Tonight Show in 1986; the             
audience gave him a standing ovation his first time on stage, the first time in     
the show's history a comedian was given such an honor on his or her first           
appearance. He was soon given warm-up duties for the audience of the sitcom Amen.   
In 1987, he appeared as a celebrity panelist on the John Davidson version of         
Hollywood Squares, and did a cameo role in the comedy film, Overboard. His           
appearance on Hollywood Squares was memorable for him leading the audience in       
singing a terrible rendition of the theme to The Brady Bunch.