Art Fleming

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Art Fleming
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Born Arthur Fleming Fazzin
(1924-05-01)May 1, 1924
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died April 25, 1995(1995-04-25) (aged 70)
Crystal River, Florida, U.S.
Occupation TV presenter/Game show host
Years active 1949–1993
Spouse(s) Becky Fleming (?-1995)

Art Fleming (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.

Biography[change | change source]

His full name was Arthur Fleming Fazzin. 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 of pancreatic cancer on April 25, 1995, just before turning 71.