Allen Ludden was an American emcee, actor, game show host, and author who is best known for hosting different incarnations of the popular game show Password. He was also a bestselling author and released an album called Allen Ludden Sings His Favorite Songs in 1964. In addition to his success in the entertainment industry, he was also a dedicated philanthropist and was involved with several charitable organizations throughout his career.
Ludden was born in 1917 in Mineral Point, Wisconsin and died on 9 June 1981. He is survived by his wife Betty White and their three children. He was also the host of a variety of other game shows and won several awards during his lifetime.
After completing his education, Ludden joined the US Army and was discharged in 1946 with the rank of captain and received a Bronze Star medal. He then started his career as a radio and television personality. He hosted various game shows like GE College Bowl, Win with the Stars, The Joker’s Wild and later began hosting an updated version of Password Plus in 1979.
During his lifetime, he earned a total of $5 million from his work as a host. He also owned a lavish home in Bel Air, California and was very active in the community. He donated a lot of his personal belongings to the free public library in his hometown as a way to give back to his community. He was a well-respected figure and was loved by all who came across him.
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