Randy West (born on September 29, 1953 in New York City) is an American television personality who is best known for his work on game shows. He has been an announcer on American television game shows since 1990, with credits including Supermarket Sweep from 2000 to 2003, Trivial Pursuit, Hollywood Showdown, and a substitute role on The Price Is Right.
West's voice has also been heard on talk shows including Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Chuck Woolery Show, comedy programs such as The Andy Dick Show, award shows including the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, sitcoms such as It's Garry Shandling's Show, as narrator on informational programs including the Court TV series Hollywood and Crime, and specials including Game Show Moments Gone Bananas known as "Mr. Game Show" and several episodes of The Price Is Right $1,000,000 Spectacular prime time specials.
West was mentored through the early years of his broadcasting career by the legendary television game show announcer Johnny Olson after they met in 1971 on the set of the syndicated version of What's My Line?. Following Johnny's death in 1985, the Olson family entrusted Randy with the many mementos, photos, clippings, awards and scripts that Johnny had saved during his 50+ year career in broadcasting. An extensive tribute to Johnny Olson is included at West's personal web site, as is a separate tribute to Rod Roddy, who died in 2003. West has since authored a biography of Olson, entitled Johnny Olson: A Voice in Time.
Before West began finding success in game shows, he worked extensively as a disc jockey in local radio and appeared as a contestant on several shows, including the syndicated version of What's My Line?, To Tell the Truth, Press Your Luck, All Star Blitz, Sweethearts, and Face the Music. West was also the last champion on Hit Man, though he did not win the $10,000 top prize.
West has served as the announcer for the second and third seasons of The Newlywed Game with Carnie Wilson. His voice is also featured on "The Price is Right" interactive games produced by Ludia for Wii, PSP, Xbox and other platforms.
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“There is no human failure greater than to launch a profoundly important endeavour and then leave it half done. This is what the West has done with its colonial system. It shook all the societies in the world loose from their old moorings. But it seems indifferent whether or not they reach safe harbour in the end.”
—Barbara Ward (19141981)