Ray Combs

Biography: Ray Combs was a tremendously talented stand-up comic and game show host.

He worked in Hollywood in the mid-1980s doing audience warm-ups for sitcoms, and he always got big laughs from the crowds. Johnny Carson saw him perform one day and invited him on The Tonight Show. In 1986, Ray performed a hilarious stand-up routine on The Tonight Show, and the crowd responded with a standing ovation. Two years later, in 1988, Ray became the host of the Family Feud game show. Ray was an instant hit. Ray continued to host Family Feud for several years; he was doing great professionally, was married, and had six children. Everything was going spectacularly well. But in 1994, Ray was fired from the Family Feud game show. Later that year, Ray was almost killed in a serious car accident, and suffered chronic pain for the rest of his life because of the accident. His finances soon collapsed and he fell deep into debt. Then, Ray and his wife separated, and Ray became deeply
Ray Combs was a tremendously talented stand-up comic and game show host.

He worked in Hollywood in the mid-1980s doing audience warm-ups for sitcoms, and he always got big laughs from the crowds. Johnny Carson saw him perform one day and invited him on The Tonight Show.

In 1986, Ray performed a hilarious stand-up routine on The Tonight Show, and the crowd responded with a standing ovation.

Two years later, in 1988, Ray became the host of the Family Feud game show. Ray was an instant hit.

Ray continued to host Family Feud for several years; he was doing great professionally, was married, and had six children. Everything was going spectacularly well.

But in 1994, Ray was fired from the Family Feud game show.

Later that year, Ray was almost killed in a serious car accident, and suffered chronic pain for the rest of his life because of the accident.

His finances soon collapsed and he fell deep into debt. Then, Ray and his wife separated, and Ray became deeply depressed.
In 1995, Combs hosted a game show called Family Challenge, but the show never became popular.
Deep in debt, separated from his wife, in constant pain from his car accident, and suffering from depression, Ray was desperate.
One night in 1996, he called his wife and started crying and screaming hysterically. His wife called 911, Ray was brought to the hospital, received treatment, and was released.
As his wife was driving him home from the hospital, Ray, who appeared disoriented, jumped out of the car and ran away.

Later that evening, he showed up at his wife’s house and began bashing his head against the door of the house.

The police were called and Ray was taken to the psychiatric ward of Glendale Adventist Medical Center in Glendale, California.

Ray, now in a state of panic, called his parents from the hospital and told them to come to the hospital immediately. His parents took the next available flight.

But Ray would never see his parents again, because at 4:07AM, on June 2, 1996, Ray hanged himself in his hospital room.
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Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd TRL: Season 10 Sep 6, 2005 Bill Mock 10
tbd TRL: Season 1 Aug 1, 2003 Bill Mock tbd
tbd TRL: Season 6 Jan 2, 2003 Bill Mock tbd
tbd TRL: Season 5 Mar 6, 2002 Bill Mock tbd
tbd TRL: Season 2 Aug 2, 2000 Bill Mock tbd
tbd Family Feud: Season 1 Jul 12, 1976 Host - 1988-1994 10