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Overview (3)

Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (cancer)
Birth NameErnest Earle Anderson

Mini Bio (1)

Ernie Anderson was born Ernest Earle Anderson on November 12, 1923 in Lynn, Massachusetts. He began working in radio at Burlington, Vermont's WSKI-AM in 1946. He met Tim Conway at WHK-AM in Cleveland and began writing with him. They were hired by Cleveland's WJW-TV in 1961 where they created "Ernie's Place", a daytime show of movies and comedy sketches. He created the beatnik character Ghoulardi for himself, wearing a lab coat, fright wig, fake goatee beard and mustache and became popular introducing WJW-TV's Friday night horror movie show Shock Theater (1963). Rose Marie, best known as Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961), recommended him to Steve Allen who recruited him for his own show.

Ernie had many run-ins with his management in Cleveland and moved to California full time in 1966. He appeared in two episodes of Conway's television series Rango (1967) and then formed a comedy act with his old friend. More television followed and, in 1970, he revived the character Ghoulardi for the Cleveland TV station WBMX-TV. He was hired as "the voice of ABC" in the late 1970s where he continued to work well into the 1980s. He also did the voiceover for the previews of current episodes during the first three seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). Ernie Anderson died at age 73 of cancer in Los Angeles, California on February 6, 1997.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Family (2)

Spouse Bonnie Skolnick (1996 - 6 February 1997)  (his death)
Edwina Gough (4 May 1968 - 1995)  (4 children)
Marguerite Hemmer (1947 - 1966)  (5 children)
Children Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Anderson

Trivia (15)

Perhaps will be best remembered as Ghoulardi, one of the first television horror movie hosts. He was also a successful disc jockey and television announcer.
Following his death, he was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) at 6300 Forest Lawn Drive in Los Angeles, California.
Was a big-band lover who sometimes said he wanted the Count Basie Orchestra to perform at his funeral.
Fired from his first radio job at WSKI-AM in Burlington, Vermont. He was fired for making fun of one of the stations sponsors who was in a barbershop quartet.
Was the number one disc jockey at a Providence, Rhode Island station, Ernie was fired from his second job for riding his motorcycle through the halls.
As Ghoulardi, his catch phrases were "Stay Sick" and "Turn Blue".
Ron Sweed was later hired by Ernie as an assistant. Sweed "crashed" a Ghoulardi appearance at Euclid Beach Park dressed in a gorilla suit.
Liked to play the 1962 novelty song "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" by The Rivingtons.
Liked to needle Cleveland TV personalities like Dorothy Fuldheim and Mike Douglas. On Shock Theater (1963), Ernie made a running gag out of the Cleveland suburb of Parma.
Drew Carey has worn Ghoulardi T-shirts on the set of The Drew Carey Show (1995) and dedicated an episode in his memory.
Became the on-air announcer for ABC in the mid-1970s. He was known for the way he phrased The Love Boat (1977) as "The Looovvveee Boat".
During a video interview segment that ran on the local ABC affiliate in Los Angeles in the early 1980s, he displayed a photo of his wife and kids that sat on his desk. Everyone in the photo was wearing fake glasses and fake noses as a gag.
Correction to mini-biography: Ernie Anderson did NOT personally revive the "Ghoulardi" character in Cleveland in the 1970s--that character, known as 'the Ghoul' because Anderson's former Cleveland station owned copyright to the name "Ghoulardi", was played by Ron Sweed of the 'gorilla suit' fame who had been a fan and frequent "go-fer" during the original series. Sweed, who had Anderson's personal permission to revisit the character, portrayed the Ghoul for several cable stations 1971-75. (Reference: Feran & Heldenfels (1997). Ghoulardi: Inside Cleveland TV's Wildest Ride. Cleveland: Gray & Co.).
Ernie Anderson was posthumously inducted into the Horror Host Hall of Fame for his horror host character Ghoulardi in the television series "Shock Theater" on WJW Channel 8 in Cleveland, Ohio (2011).

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