Voice Of 'Saturday Night Live,' Don Pardo, Dies at 96

by
Lauren Burgoon
Actors dreamed of hearing him announce their name on the venerable comedy show.

For 38 years, his voice rang out weekly: "It's Saturday Night Live!" Now, at 96, Don Pardo's voice is silenced.

Pardo died Monday in Tucson. 

Rarely seen, but heard for every one of "Saturday Night Live"'s 39 seasons except one, Pardo was the voice of SNL. Scores of cast members passed through, the show transitioned from the Not Ready for Prime Time Players era through the '90s stars of Will Ferrell and Chris Farley and to present day. Pardo was the one constant.

Comedians and actors grew up hoping one day Pardo would say their name as the host of SNL. 

Those lucky enough to hear their name paid tribute as word of Pardo's death spread.

Though many today recognize him mainly for SNL, Pardo was a long-time announcer, working in radio, as a news announcer and on "Jeopardy!" and "The Price Is Right." He was inducted in 2010 into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.