Bill Rafferty was a comedian and game show host who entertained millions of viewers with his impressions and humor. He hosted the game shows Every Second Counts, Card Sharks, and Blockbusters in the 1980s, and was also a co-host and field correspondent on the NBC reality series Real People. He died from congestive heart failure on August 11, 2012, at the age of 68. Here is a brief overview of his life and career.
## Early Life and Career
Rafferty was born in Queens, New York, on June 17, 1944. He was the fourth and youngest child of Henry and Martha Rafferty. He served as a military policeman in the United States Army before pursuing a career in comedy. He made his first national TV appearance as a co-host on Real People, which ran from 1979 to 1984. He also guest-starred on episodes of Laugh-In in the late 1970s.
## Game Show Host
Rafferty’s most notable role was as a game show host. He hosted Every Second Counts, a syndicated game show where couples competed in trivia and stunts, from 1984 to 1985. He then hosted Card Sharks, a syndicated revival of the classic card game, from 1986 to 1987. He also hosted Blockbusters, a reboot of the NBC game show where contestants answered questions to form a path across a hexagonal board, in 1987. Rafferty was known for his witty remarks and interactions with the contestants and the audience.
## Later Years and Death
Rafferty continued to work in television and film after his game show career. He appeared in movies such as Above the Rim, Mad City, and The Prankster. He also had roles in TV shows such as Texas, Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer, and Nash Bridges. He hosted a show on Retirement Living TV called Retired and Wired, which debuted in 2007.
Rafferty married Regina Miletic in 1968 and had three children with her. He died from congestive heart failure on the morning of August 11, 2012, in San Rafael, California. He was survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was remembered by his fans and colleagues as a talented and funny entertainer who brought joy to many people.
According to Wikipedia, Rafferty’s death was announced by Buzzerblog, a website dedicated to game show news and trivia. His former co-hosts and game show personalities such as Mark Goodson, Bob Eubanks, and Jim Perry paid tribute to him and expressed their condolences to his family.