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"Wheel of Fortune' voice O'Donnell, 78, dies in LA

"Wheel of Fortune' voice O'Donnell, 78, dies in LA

November 2nd, 2010 in News

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Charlie O'Donnell, the announcer whose voice has opened "Wheel of Fortune" for decades, has died. He was 78.

Agent Fred Wostbrock said Monday that O'Donnell - the voice of the game show even before hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White appeared - died late Sunday at his Los Angeles home. The cause was unclear.

O'Donnell was a popular radio DJ in New York before starting his television career in Philadelphia with Dick Clark on "American Bandstand."

He also served as announcer for Oscar and Emmy telecasts and other game shows including "The Newlywed Game."

His signature phrase "Wheeeeeeel of Fortune," could be heard on the show from its beginning with host Chuck Woolery in 1975. He worked on the show until 1980, and again from 1988 until his death.