Durward KIRBY

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Television & Radio Host - American

AmericanBorn Homer Durward KIRBY

American television host and announcer

Born on August 24, 1911 in Covington, Kentucky, USA , United States

Died on March 15, 2000 in Fort Myers, Florida, USA

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Kirby was born in Covington, Kentucky. His family moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, when he was 15. Kirby graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis, then entered Purdue University to study engineering. However, he dropped out to become a radio announcer. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. Following the war, he hosted Club Matinee in Chicago with Garry Moore on the NBC Blue radio network before moving to television in 1949 as an announcer. He was a regular on Moore's television shows from 1950 to 1968. Kirby also appeared as a host, announcer, or guest on other television programs, including serving as one of NBC Radio's Monitor "Communicators".

Kirby stood 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) tall and had a mellow personality that served well as a foil for the stars he worked with. A versatile performer, he acted in sketches, sang, and danced. He moved with ease from slapstick to suave sales pitches for sponsor's product. Critic John Crosby called him "one of the most versatile muggers and comedians on the air."


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