Art Fleming

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Art Fleming
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Fleming in August 1970
Arthur Fleming Fazzin

(1924-05-01)May 1, 1924
DiedApril 25, 1995(1995-04-25) (aged 70)
  • Television host
  • radio host
  • actor
Years active1949–1992
  • Peggy Ann Ellis
    (m. 1969; div. 1974)
  • Becky Weaver (m. 1977)

Arthur Fleming Fazzin (May 1, 1924-April 25, 1995) was an American television host. He is best known as the original host of the game show Jeopardy! from 1964 until 1975 and again from 1978 to 1979.

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He was born in New York City to William and Marie Fazzin, who had emigrated to the United States from Austria. Art studied at Colgate and Cornell Universities, and he later served in the United States Navy during World War II.

Fleming first appeared on television as a body double for Ralph Bellamy in a detective series called Man Against Crime. He later starred in movies like The Flying Tigers and International Detective. He also played a lawyer named Jeremy Pitt in an NBC series called The Californians. It was set during the gold rush in San Francisco in the 1850s. He also appeared in television commercials before becoming the first host of the game show Jeopardy! on March 30, 1964. Fleming hosted Jeopardy! until 1975. He won two Emmy Awards for that program.

Fleming died after a two week battle with pancreatic cancer on April 25, 1995, just six days before turning 71. The same disease would later affect his successor on Jeopardy!, Alex Trebek, 25 years later when he died on November 8, 2020 at the age of 80.

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Preceded by
Position created
Host of Jeopardy!
1964-1975, 1978-1979
Succeeded by
Alex Trebek
Preceded by
Robert Earle
College Bowl host
1978-79 (Televised Semifinals and Finals)
Succeeded by
Pat Sajak
1984 Televised Semifinals and Finals