Bill Rafferty

William Rafferty (June 17, 1944 – August 11, 2012) was an American comedian and impressionist who hosted the game shows Every Second Counts (1984–1985, syndicated), Card Sharks (1986–87, syndication), and Blockbusters (1987, NBC).

Bill Rafferty
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William Rafferty

(1944-06-17)June 17, 1944
DiedAugust 11, 2012(2012-08-11) (aged 68)
Other namesBill Raftery
OccupationComedian, game show host
Years active1979–2012
Regina Miletic
(m. 1968⁠–⁠2012)
(his death)

Rafferty was born in Queens, New York. He was the fourth and youngest child of Henry Rafferty, Sr., and Martha (Degnan) Rafferty. He married Regina Miletic on May 25, 1968, in Queens, New York. Before his television days, he was a Military Policeman in the United States Army. He was also a butcher in Bolinas, California.

His first national TV exposure was as a co-host on the NBC reality series Real People, which ran from 1979–1984. Originally, he was one of the five in-studio co-hosts before becoming a field correspondent ("roving reporter"), though he still made occasional studio appearances.

Rafferty also did some guest spots on episodes of Laugh-In in the late 1970s version of the show. Rafferty was the host of a television show on Retirement Living TV, called Retired and Wired, which debuted in October 2007.[1]


Rafferty died from congestive heart failure on the morning of August 11, 2012.[2]


  1. ^ "Home". Archived from the original on 2009-03-01. Retrieved 2009-03-20.
  2. ^ Buzzerblog on Twitter. Accessed 11 August 2012.

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