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Gene Rayburn (December 22, 1917 – November 29, 1999) was an American radio and television personality. Born Eugene Rubessa (pronounced /ruːˈbeɪʃə/) in Christopher, Illinois, he was an only child of Croatian immigrants and graduated from Knox College.

He chose his stage name by randomly pointing at a page in the telephone book, after being told Rubessa sounded "too Italian".

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