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.
When I was drowning in panic, completely lost+struggling... Don Pardo was very kind and gentle and quiet with me. Such a beautiful man. RIP— Jay Mohr (@jaymohr37) August 19, 2014
Don Pardo said my name only 3 times but I guarantee those will be some of the first things I brag to my son about one day. RIPDonPardo— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) August 19, 2014
Very sad to hear of the passing of my old friend Don Pardo - truly one the all-time greats. #RIPDonPardo— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) August 19, 2014
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.