Ray Combs

American comedian (1956–1996)

Raymond Neil "Ray" Combs, Jr. (April 3, 1956 – June 2, 1996) was an American comedian, actor, and television game show host. He is best known for being the host of Family Feud from 1988 to 1994.[1] He was born in Hamilton, Ohio.

Ray Combs
Raymond Neil Combs, Jr.

(1956-04-03)April 3, 1956
Hamilton, Ohio, U.S.
DiedJune 2, 1996(1996-06-02) (aged 40)
Cause of deathSuicide by hanging
Occupation(s)Actor, comedian, game show host
Years active1983–1996
Known forHosting Family Feud (1988–1994)

Combs started out as a stand-up comedian.[2] Because of his popularity, he became the host of Family Feud in 1988. He hosted it on CBS and in syndication until 1994. He also hosted another game show called Family Challenge from 1995 to 1996.

On June 2, 1996, after problems with his marriage and finances, Combs killed himself by hanging while in Glendale Adventist Medical Center in Glendale, California.[3]


  1. E!: True Hollywood Story: "Ray Combs"
  2. "Born to be funny". February 1988.
  3. "Game Over". Archived from the original on 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2013-07-11.

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