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Wink Martindale - Game Host

Updated on April 15, 2015

Wink Martindale - Game Host, Singer and More

I first remember seeing Wink on American Band Stand (Dick Clark). As a young girl, back then, all I can remember is that wonderful smile. What a hunk! I followed his career and was always a true fan and caught any television appearances he made or programs he hosted. Later, I would listen to him on KMPC (Los Angeles Radio), and in the following years, as a game host.

Born in Jackson, Tennessee, Wink was a close friend of Elvis Presley and hosted a nationwide tribute radio special in his honor following Presley's death in 1977.

Then he surprises us all. I can remember when Wink first cut a record. I had mixed emotions as he really wasn't a singer. But, he has a voice that allows him to turn out a very interesting narrative. If you have not heard his "Deck of Cards", I encourage you to give it a chance. You will find a video of the song enclosed within this lens.

Wink was born Winston Conrad Martindale (born December 4, 1934). Better known as Wink Martindale to his fans. He became an American disc jockey and television game show host icon. I hope you will enjoy revisiting "Wink's" history and relive the earlier years with me. Thanks for stopping by.

On June 2, 2006, Martindale received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Tv Game Host

Martindale has hosted numerous game shows, including:

What's This Song?, Gambit, Headline Chasers, High Rollers, The Last Word, Great Getaway Game, Trivial Pursuit, Shuffle, Boggle, Jumble, Debt, and most famously Tic-Tac-Dough. In addition, he was the creator of Bumper Stumpers. As of today, he is the second television personality to have hosted 15 game shows, behind fellow veteran game show host, Bill Cullen, who had hosted 23.

Gambit Game Show (1972 - 1976)

Tick Tac Dough

Check out the car!

Boggle Game Show

From The Notebox


Deck of Cards

"Deck Of Cards," went to number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and sold over a million copies in 1959.[1] It also peaked at #5 in the UK Singles Chart in April 1963, one of four visits to that chart.[2] It was followed by "Black Land Farmer".

Black Land Farmer

I Heard The Bluebirds Sing - 1963


Trivia History

Left his role as host of "The New Tic Tac Dough" (1978), at the end of the seventh season... more

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Alternate Names:

Win Martindale


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* 1960s - 1990s

1. "Hercules" .... Sphinx Martindale (1 episode, 1998)

... aka "Disney's Hercules" (USA: complete title)

- Hercules and the Driving Test (1998) TV episode .... Sphinx Martindale

2. "Trivial Pursuit" (1993/II) TV series .... Host (unknown episodes)

3. Gridlock (1980) (TV) .... Sam

... aka The Great American Traffic Jam (USA: reissue title)

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DREAM FACTORY - Wish Granting for Children

National Ambassador - Wink Martindale

In 1980, The Dream Factory began with one all-volunteer chapter in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Since then, The Dream Factory has grown into the second-largest children's wish-granting organization in the United States, granting over 25,000 dreams since its inception --all while maintaining a grassroots approach. The Dream Factory continues to operate all 38 of its local chapters with over 5000 very dedicated volunteers.

Wink Martindale


When most people think of Wink Martindale, they think of him only as the game show host. But he's also been an author, a DJ, a friend of Elvis's and a few other lives thrown in for fun! I tell you, his autobiography was one of the most surprising reads I've had in a while.

DM) How did you first get involved in game shows?

WM) I'd been in radio and television for a lot of years before I got into game shows. During the summer of '65, I became fairly addicted to Password. I enjoyed his work as a host and thought that this wasn't a bad way to make a living. You go to work, tape five shows in one day and then go home and play golf for the rest of the week and then start the week all over. I thought if something like that came along, I'd love to do that. I like games and I like to host these things. I was sent on an interview, I did a local show in L.A. called "What's this Song", which eventually got picked up on NBC, and that was my first game show in 1965. Now, 19 game shows later, I'm still doing it.

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      jdwheeler 7 years ago

      I remember Wink on Tic Tac Dough. I loved the dragon in the bonus game. I always thought Wink had one of the smoothest voices in the biz. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

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      blue22d 8 years ago

      Thanks Kat, my hubby is on a new drug, Tarceva, and hopefully will get the CA numbers down and will keep the cancer away. I hope all is well with yourself. Good to see you creating great lenses.

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      Tarra99 8 years ago

      I remember him! LOL...great lens! 5*...hey, thanks by the way for recently commenting on my buying silver coins lens.,..I appreciate it...hope your DH is doing better.

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      FunGifts4All 8 years ago

      awesome lens. Watched many of his game shows when I was younger. 5*s.

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      blue22d 8 years ago

      [in reply to paperfacets] Yes he was on KFWB. Sorry the eye didn't wink but I have a new eye anyway. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Sherry Venegas 8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Was Wink on radio? KFWB or KRLA? That eye does not wink. Good lens.