Iconic TV Show Host Art Linkletter Dead at 97

'House Party' Host Also Endorsed Milton Bradley Game, Disneyland, National Home Life Insurance

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Popular TV-show host Art Linkletter, known as the face of such golden-age TV programs as "People Are Funny" and "Art Linkletter's House Party" has died, according to the Associated Press, which cited Mr. Linkletter's son-in-law as the source of the information.

Art Linkletter
Art Linkletter Credit: AP
Mr. Linkletter was 97 years of age.

He will likely be fondly remembered for a segment on his "House Party" show called "Kids Say The Darndest Things," in which he interviewed children who would speak surprising utterances. Bill Cosby would reprise the concept in a show with the same title that aired on CBS between January 1998 and June of 2000.

"House Party" was a staple of CBS's weekday lineup from 1952 to 1970, according to "The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present."

Among the products he endorsed over the years were Milton Bradley's The Game of Life; Disneyland's 50th Anniversary in 2005 (he appeared at the park's opening in 1955) and National Home Life insurance.

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