Royal Parker

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Parker in the 1980s

Royal Pollokoff (April 8, 1929 – January 8, 2016), better known by the stage name Royal Parker, was an American television personality. He began his career in the 1940s and would last until his retirement during the 1990s. He appeared in many roles on television, becoming a staple on television screens.

Parker was born in Baltimore, Maryland[1] He studied at Baltimore City College. Parker began his career in radio. During his career he announced Dwight D. Eisenhower's victory in the U.S. presidential election, 1952, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon's resignation, the Iran hostage crisis and the near assassination of Ronald Reagan.

After leaving broadcasting, he ran for a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates in 1994, but lost in the primary election.[2]

Parker died of congestive heart failure in Pikesville, Maryland at the age of 86.[3]

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  1. Olesker, Michael (May 20, 2008). "Here's a Royal cheer for a charitable guy". The Baltimore Examiner. p. 6.
  2. "Primary Election Results". The Baltimore Sun. September 14, 1994. p. 4B.
  3. Longtime Baltimore TV Broadcaster Royal Parker dies at 86, WBAL-TV. Retrieved on January 8, 2016.

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