William "Bill" Rafferty (June 17, 1944 – August 11, 2012) was a comedian and impressionist who hosted the game shows Every Second Counts (1984-1985, syndicated), Card Sharks (1986–87, syndication), and Blockbusters (1987, NBC). Rafferty was born in Queens, New York. He was the 4th and youngest child of Henry Rafferty, Sr. and Martha (Degnan) Rafferty. He married Regina Miletic on May 25, 1968 in Queens, New York. Before his television days, he was a Military Policeman in the United States Army. He was also a butcher in Bolinas, California.

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  • William "Bill" Rafferty (June 17, 1944 – August 11, 2012) was a comedian and impressionist who hosted the game shows Every Second Counts (1984-1985, syndicated), Card Sharks (1986–87, syndication), and Blockbusters (1987, NBC). Rafferty was born in Queens, New York. He was the 4th and youngest child of Henry Rafferty, Sr. and Martha (Degnan) Rafferty. He married Regina Miletic on May 25, 1968 in Queens, New York. Before his television days, he was a Military Policeman in the United States Army. He was also a butcher in Bolinas, California. His first national TV exposure came as a roving reporter on the NBC reality series Real People which ran from 1979-1984. Rafferty also did some guest spots on episodes of Laugh-In in the late 1970s version of the show. During his brief game show hosting stints, Rafferty developed several catchphrases, including "dual implication", meaning that either contestant can win the game or match with the next correct answer on Blockbusters and "the land of parting gifts" which was used on both Blockbusters and Card Sharks, meaning that the person who lost the game wins whatever prizes mentioned by the announcer in the closing plug. Rafferty was the host of a television show on Retirement Living TV, called Retired and Wired, which debuted in October 2007. (en)
  • William "Bill" Rafferty (17 de junio de 1944 - 11 de agosto de 2012) fue un comediante e imitador quien fue el anfitrión de los programas de concursos Every Second Counts (1984, sindicado), Card Sharks (1986-1987, sindicación), y Blockbusters (1987, NBC). Rafferty nació en Queens, Nueva York. Su primera aparición en televisión nacional fue como reportero itinerante del reality de la NBC, Real People, que se desarrolló entre 1979-1984. También hizo algunas apariciones en episodios de Laugh-In durante las versiones del show en los años de 1970. Durante sus breves períodos de presentador de concursos, Rafferty desarrolló latiguillos, entre ellos "doble implicación", lo que significa que cualquier competidor puede ganar el juego o el partido con la siguiente respuesta correcta en Blockbusters y "la tierra de los regalos de despedida" que se utilizó en los programas de Blockbusters y Card Sharks, lo que significa que la persona que perdió la partida, gana los premios mencionados por el locutor en el cierre del show. Rafferty fue el anfitrión de un programa de televisión en Retirement Living TV, llamado Retired and Wired, que se estrenó en octubre de 2007. Rafferty murió en la mañana del 11 de agosto de 2012 de causas desconocidas. (es)
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  • William "Bill" Rafferty (June 17, 1944 – August 11, 2012) was a comedian and impressionist who hosted the game shows Every Second Counts (1984-1985, syndicated), Card Sharks (1986–87, syndication), and Blockbusters (1987, NBC). Rafferty was born in Queens, New York. He was the 4th and youngest child of Henry Rafferty, Sr. and Martha (Degnan) Rafferty. He married Regina Miletic on May 25, 1968 in Queens, New York. Before his television days, he was a Military Policeman in the United States Army. He was also a butcher in Bolinas, California. (en)
  • William "Bill" Rafferty (17 de junio de 1944 - 11 de agosto de 2012) fue un comediante e imitador quien fue el anfitrión de los programas de concursos Every Second Counts (1984, sindicado), Card Sharks (1986-1987, sindicación), y Blockbusters (1987, NBC). Rafferty nació en Queens, Nueva York. Su primera aparición en televisión nacional fue como reportero itinerante del reality de la NBC, Real People, que se desarrolló entre 1979-1984. Rafferty murió en la mañana del 11 de agosto de 2012 de causas desconocidas. (es)
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