Raymond Neil 'Ray' Combs, Jr. (April 3, 1956-- June 2, 1996) was an American comedian, actor, and host of the game show Family Feud on CBS and in syndication from 1988 to 1994. Combs was born in Hamilton, Ohio. He graduated from high school in 1974, where he was an actor, senior class president, and Boys State delegate. Combs declined a nomination to the United States Military Academy to serve as a Mormon missionary for two years in Arizona. Combs began performing comedy at Cincinnati's Red Dog Saloon, where he developed his best-known shtick of audience sing-alongs of sitcom theme songs. In 1979, Combs sent a letter to David Letterman asking for advice; the comedian encouraged him to continue in comedy.
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