If you boiled down television to its purest essence, you might end up with a game-show host. People like Alex Trebek of "Jeopardy!" have become such a part of the culture, and appear in our living rooms so often, that it feels as if they are part of the family. We talk to some legendary U.S. game-show hosts about their first gigs.
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Former host, "The Newlywed Game"
First job: Doorman
"I was a doorman at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, and I used to open the door for celebrities like Red Skelton and Cary Grant. I remember seeing the movie 'Oklahoma!' for 26 weeks in a row, twice a day. I could recite the whole movie to you. One day I was asked to clean the marquee, and I'm very afraid of heights. There I am, up on a ladder with wheels, pulling myself along, when a bunch of tough guys came walking up. They hit my ladder, and I started rolling down Hollywood Boulevard, scared to death. Then I see them coming back for more, and just as they got to my ladder, I slid down, grabbed a broom, and whacked one of the guys in the back of the head. At that very moment the manager walked out of the box office, seeing the whole thing. He said, 'You're fired.' So when I was eventually nominated for the Hollywood Walk of Fame, I said, 'I want it right in front of the Egyptian Theatre.' And that's where it is today."