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Offline Combs

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Ray Combs: 25 Years Gone
« on: June 02, 2021, 05:12:37 AM »
Itís been a quarter of a century since Ray Combs did the unimaginable and ended his life at the age of 40 on a Sunday morning, June 2, 1996. I sure miss the man a lot. Family Feud has been a disappointment since he was removed as host in 1994 and it has been a waste since 1999. I like to think that had Ray lived, he would have succeeded Bob Barker as host of The Price Is Right upon Barkerís retirement in 2007, but with Fremantle and CBS, who knows?



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Re: Ray Combs: 25 Years Gone
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2021, 08:50:33 AM »
While Ray probably would've done great on TPiR, I recall reading that he disliked being pigeon-holed as a game show host and that fear contributed to his worsening mental health.

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Re: Ray Combs: 25 Years Gone
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2021, 02:43:42 PM »
While Ray probably would've done great on TPiR, I recall reading that he disliked being pigeon-holed as a game show host and that fear contributed to his worsening mental health.

He did. Bobby Heenan who was actually a good friend of his (if people remember, he was on Ray's Feud at least once, maybe even twice as part of some pro wrestling weeks they did in that era (of which they did several)). and Ray actually made a couple WWF appearances as well in 92 and 93 appearing at WrestleMania and Survivor Series those years respectively, doing commentary with Bobby at the latter), wrote in his first book that Ray felt demeaned doing a game show, but he had all those kids to support, so he had to do it to make due. He wanted more for himself than that as a stand up comic.

It's kinda sad in a way he felt that way, as good of a host as he was, was more than worthy of being Dawson's successor, which was a hell of a tall order at the time. But yeah, doing Feud (or Family Challenge after that for that matter) was not his first choice, not by a long shot.

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Re: Ray Combs: 25 Years Gone
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2021, 05:55:02 PM »
I live in Glendale, California, where he died.

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Re: Ray Combs: 25 Years Gone
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2021, 10:20:35 PM »
Hard to believe it's been 25 years already. Richard Dawson also passed away nine years ago today.

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Re: Ray Combs: 25 Years Gone
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2021, 11:23:33 AM »
I thought Ray was a solid host of Family Feud, but I don't think he had the wit or charm that Dickie Dawson had. Still a shame that he's been gone for a quarter of a century now.
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Re: Ray Combs: 25 Years Gone
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2021, 11:41:58 AM »
I thought Ray was a solid host of Family Feud, but I don't think he had the wit or charm that Dickie Dawson had. Still a shame that he's been gone for a quarter of a century now.

I don't think it is fair to compare him along those lines. His style as host was vastly different, as was his comedy style with it. His was much more frenetic and wild, while Dawson's was more dry. Both were great in their own ways, bringing their own unique flavor to the gig. They're each capable of standing alone in the role I'd say.
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Re: Ray Combs: 25 Years Gone
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2021, 07:14:56 PM »
It's a shame that Ray Combs died tragically.  If not for his suicide, he'd probably be old enough to be a grandfather by now and collecting social security and maybe a pension, since he would have been 65 by now.

I did learn that Alsace Avenue, where Ray lived, was once renamed Ray Combs Way in his honor, after his death.  According to Google Maps, it's likely that the street reverted back to its original name.  However, there is a Ray Combs Avenue in Hamilton, Ohio - though I am not sure if it was named in his honor.  Here is a link to prove it:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/1620+Ray+Combs+Ave,+Hamilton,+OH+45011/@39.3808981,-84.5463543,3a,75y,109.69h,79.24t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sddFYXXq__QNQz-e_joI9Ig!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x88404640608873b5:0x672eb188ba02f8fe!2sRay+Combs+Ave,+Hamilton,+OH+45011!3b1!8m2!3d39.380828!4d-84.545726!3m4!1s0x88404640f3898803:0xf060f5ed4f29152e!8m2!3d39.3811058!4d-84.5461498