Bill Rafferty Passes Away at Age 68
We regret to report that comedian and game show host Bill Rafferty has passed away at the age of 68. Bill Rafferty, started as a reporter on NBC’s early realty show Real People from 1979 to 1984. However, most people around here know him from his stint hosting the syndicated version of Card Sharks in 1986 and a revival of Blockbusters in 1987. Each lasted only one season. Bill also hosted the syndicated game show Every Second Counts in 1984. His most recent gig was hosting Retirement Living TV’s Retired and Wired.
I watched Bill’s editions of Card Sharks and Blockbusters on GSN in the past and always enjoyed him on both. Frankly I thought his versions were superior to the originals and a good deal of that was due to him. Bill was quick witted, a great host, and a pleasure to watch. We’re very sad to see him go. Our thoughts are with him and his family.
Here’s a look back at some of Bill’s game show highlights, plus an interview with Bill on GSN Live.