Robert Wesley Hilton (born July 23, 1943) is an American television game show personality. He hosted The Guinness Game, a revival of Truth or Consequences, and the 1990 revival of Let's Make a Deal for one season and replaced by Monty Hall, and announced on several other shows.
Robert Wesley Hilton
July 23, 1943
Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S.
|Occupation||Announcer, game show host|
Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Hilton has announced numerous game shows, such as Card Sharks, Child's Play, Trivia Trap, The $25,000 Pyramid, The $100,000 Pyramid, Blockbusters, Double Talk, The New Newlywed Game, The All-New Dating Game, Strike It Rich, Win, Lose or Draw, and Body Language. His first game show announcing assignment was in 1980 on Tic-Tac-Dough (filling in for regular announcer Jay Stewart), followed by The Joker's Wild and Play the Percentages, after he began a contract with Barry & Enright Productions, that same year. Hilton also announced The Price Is Right following the death of its original announcer, Johnny Olson. According to former producer Roger Dobkowitz, he did extremely well. However, Hilton was already working on several other shows at the time, so the job was given to Rod Roddy.
Hilton got his start in Louisiana at station KPLC-TV. He traveled around to various stations as news anchor/reporter, such as in Honolulu, Hawaii, KTRK-TV in Houston, KGAN-TV in Cedar Rapids, WNAC-TV in Boston (The Bob Hilton Show), and KHJ-TV in Los Angeles. He later went on to KOVR in Sacramento, California.
Hilton is married to the former Joni Pennock. She was Miss California USA in 1976. She has also been a TV talk show host. More recently she has written 23 books, many of them novels with explicitly Mormon characters and themes, such as As the Ward Turns. She has also worked as a magazine correspondent and writer to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir program Music and the Spoken Word. Joni is also a playwright.
Hilton and his wife have four children: Richie, Brandon, Cassidy, and Nicole.
Hilton retired from the entertainment world following the creation of a cleaning products company called Holy Cow, selling nationwide through major retailers. After selling the Holy Cow company, in 2011, Hilton co-founded a new company, NovaGreenWorld, an environmental products supplier for commercial and industrial companies as well as municipalities. Hilton now serves as a representative for the California-based East Lawn funeral service.
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- Greenberg, Steve. Gadget Nation: A Journey Through the Eccentric World of Invention. New York: Sterling, 2008. 218.
- "Interview with Roger Dobkowitz, Part 3: "Everything You Wanted to Know About Price: The '80s"". Slow Boat to The Land of Parting Gifts. 26 April 2012.
- article on Hilton
- entry on Joni Hilton