Don Pardo, the voice of SNL has passed away at the ripe old age of 96. May he find peace in the afterlife.
Don Pardo was the man who made the intros of several stars in the good old days. He died in Tucson yesterday. The seasoned veteran of Saturday Night Live was 96 years old.
His daughter validated the demise of her father whom she absolutely adored and respected a lot. Here was a man who began his career when radio was the main medium of mass communication.
And he lasted all the way till television and the Information Superhighway got underway. Don Pardo had seen it all and been there when the 20th century got rolling and was off to a good start.
His longevity was something which ripened him and lent his personality a certain maturity and elegance of spirit. The Don began his career with SNL in 1975.
Stars such as Chevy Chase, Tina Fey and Eddie Murphy got introduced to the nation not to mention the world via his deep voice. Everyone looked up to Don Pardo since he was the announcer of new names in the entertainment industry.
“They used to call me Nicky, and I didn’t like that,” Don Pardo said in an oral history he recorded in 2006 for the Archive of American Television. “So when I got into radio, I took up Dom.” That, though, didn’t stick. “People would always say ‘Don,’ ” Mr. Pardo continued. “I said, the heck with it; I’ll be Don.”
Don Pardo even conducted game shows such as Jeopardy and The Price Is Right. And although the Don’s facial features may not have been such a common thing among Americans, his voice was a very well-known phenomenon and liked by millions.
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame about four years ago which is a huge honor reserved only for people of a gentlemanly caliber. Born in 1918, Don Pardo was the son of Polish immigrants.
He changed his name from Nicky (which he loathed) to Dom but it didn’t work. People called him Don instead and that was that. Later on he joined the entertainment business also called show biz and excelled in this field.
There came a time when he made the transition from radio to television. Don Pardo retired from SNL a decade ago. He had become a cultural symbol and popular icon. And today he is no longer with us all.
May his soul rest in peace!