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John Henry Harlan (December 21, 1925 – February 27, 2017) was an American television announcer who worked on numerous television projects for over 40 years, particularly game and variety shows. He was from Sonoma County, California.

John Harlan
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John Henry Harlan

(1925-12-21)December 21, 1925
DiedFebruary 27, 2017(2017-02-27) (aged 91)
Alma materFresno State University
OccupationTV announcer

Perhaps his best-known work was for the Bob Hope specials aired on NBC during the 1960s through the 1990s. Among game show fanciers, his most memorable outings were the versions of Name That Tune produced between 1974 and 1985.

Harlan attended California State University, Fresno, graduating in 1948. He served as class president for the fall term. At school he was friends with Wendell Bell, serving as his best man at his 1947 wedding.[1]

Harlan died on February 27, 2017 at the age of 91.[2]

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Harlan worked on occasional TV specials up until his death in 2017. He was also president of Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters.


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Preceded by
Don Pardo
Announcer on Jeopardy!
Succeeded by
Johnny Gilbert