The veteran TV game show host, actor and radio personality died today of pneumonia at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. Geoff Edwards was 83. He hosted a series of game shows from the 1970s into the early ’90s, including Jackpot!, The New Treasure Hunt, a later version called Treasure Hunt, Shoot For The Stars, Play It By Ear and Chain Reaction. He might be best known to viewers in the Golden State as the longtime host of The Big Spin, the California Lottery’s TV show. He also appeared on a number of TV series ranging from Petticoat Junction and I Dream Of Jeannie to The Paper Chase, Diff’rent Strokes and Trapper John, M.D. and was the straight man to the star on NBC’s short-lived variety series The Bobby Darin Show in 1973. Edwards was a regular on Southern California radio for decades, starting in San Diego in the 1950s and landing at KMPC in Los Angeles in 1968. He also worked at KFI and the former KSUR.
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