How Old Is ‘Jeopardy!’ Announcer Johnny Gilbert and What’s His Net Worth?
As hard as it is to believe, Johnny Gilbert has been the announcer for the legendary quiz show, Jeopardy! since 1984. Right alongside longtime show host, Alex Trebek, the industry legend’s voice is part of the experience of watching the question-and-answer program.
The iconic announcer has had a storied career. Here’s what we know about his net worth and his just-celebrated birthday.
Johnny Gilbert just turned 96
On July 13, 2020, Gilbert celebrated his 96th birthday. His work tool, his voice, sounds as strong as ever.
Fans on Reddit sent the announcer their well-wishes.
“It is incredible that Johnny has done it all this time,” said one fan. “He is truly an inspiration for all of us.”
Another redditor wrote, “That booming voice still holding up at his age is even more impressive.”
“I knew he was up there,” said a fan on Reddit, “but I didn’t realize he was that old. Hope I’m doing that well at 96.”
And another follower of the show expressed on Reddit their concern for both Gilbert and Trebek.
“We’re all so worried about what happens when Alex dies,” the fan wrote, “and who will replace him, but we’ve forgotten about how we’re going to feel when Johnny goes. Along with the Final Jeopardy music, him saying ‘This. Is. Jeopardy!’ has become equally as iconic. Happy Birthday Johnny.”
Johnny Gilbert’s ‘Jeopardy!’ legacy
Johnny Gilbert is to Jeopardy! as public-address announcer Bob Sheppard
was to Yankee Stadium – immediately identifiable as the voice of a highly respected institution. The Virginia-born Gilbert took over as announcer on the quiz show in 1984, after his predecessor, Don Pardo, left the program.
It’s not just the show’s fans who recognize Gilbert’s talent; the Guinness Book of World Records acknowledged the voice-over professional in 2017 as the longest-running game show announcer on the same show.
Gilbert said at the time, “I am incredibly honored that my work on Jeopardy! has been recognized with a Guinness World Record. For more than 30 years, I’ve looked forward to coming to work every day. Jeopardy!‘s producers, crew, and contestants make every episode new and exciting and I love being a part of it.”
Johnny Gilbert’s net worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Johnny Gilbert is worth $25 million. Clearly, Gilbert’s voice has consistently been the ticket to his career success. The industry veteran got his start in the 1940s as a nightclub singer and soon found a niche as a television announcer towards the end of the 1950s.
He has lent his golden voice to other game shows throughout the years, including Hollywood Connection, Chain Reaction, Family Feud, Go, Blackout, Love Connection, The $10,000 Pyramid, The $25,000 Pyramid, Supermarket Sweep, and Wheel of Fortune, among others.
But he will always be known best as the popular voice of Jeopardy!