Although he was the host of two of America's favorite shows, Hollywood Squares and That's Incredible!, John Davidson
was first a singer and dancer on stage. His career soared when he took on these two shows but he is now performing on Broadway, his first love. John Davidson
was born in Pittsburgh, the son of a minister. He made his Broadway debut in the 1964 production of Foxy, which also starred Bert Lahr
, known for his performance as the Cowardly Lion in the 1939 MGM classic The Wizard of Oz. Television producer Bob Banner, who discovered such stars as Carol Burnett
and Bob Newhart
, was impressed with John Davidson's performance and molded him into a TV entertainer. Bob Banner instilled in John Davidson
that being a TV personality meant not only adapting yourself to many different television roles but also knowing when to be yourself. He learned to be a singer, actor and a TV personality. In 1964 he appeared on the unsuccessful variety show The Entertainers. This was followed by appearances in several prime-time variety shows including Kraft Summer Music Hall and two versions of The John Davidson Show. It wasn't until 1980 when John Davidson
became a household name when he hosted That's Incredible! The show lasted four years and was co-hosted by Cathy Lee Crosby.
His television career began a successful climb when he became a regular on Hollywood Squares, finally becoming the host of the popular game show in 1986. This version of Hollywood Squares included such celebrities as Joan Rivers
, Shadow Stevens, Louie Anderson
and others. In 1991 he took over for Dick Clark
on the syndicated game show The $100,000 Pyramid. During his hosting career, John Davidson
also found time to act and sing, his first loves. In 1973 he starred with Sally Field
in the television series The Girl with Something Extra. He recorded 12 albums, performed in various musicals and played Angie Duke in the Disney musical The Happiest Millionaire. His other film credits include Airport '79, The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band and most recently in the 1990 film Edward Scissorhands. In recent years John Davidson
has been performing in the Rodger and Hammerstein musical State Fair. His first love has always been live theater and he is happy to be back on stage. One of his premier accomplishments is that he has made a name for himself in the entertainment industry by just being himself. John Davidson
and his wife Rhonda have three children and enjoy boating and traveling.