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Ken Niles

Ken Niles

Ken Niles biography (December 9, 1906 – October 31, 1988)

Ken Niles (1906-1988) was an American radio and television announcer best known for his work in the Golden Age of Radio. He had a distinctive voice and a long and successful career as a radio announcer and personality.

Early Life and Career:

  • Ken Niles was born on December 9, 1906, in Livingston, Montana, USA.
  • He began his career in radio during the 1930s, working as an announcer and newscaster on various local radio stations.

The Abbott and Costello Radio Show:

Publicity photo of Ken Niles
  • Niles is most famously remembered for his work as the regular announcer on “The Abbott and Costello Show.” He played a fictionalized version of himself on the show, and his smooth voice became an integral part of the program’s charm.
  • His interactions with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello contributed to the show’s popularity. And he provided a ready foil for Lou Costello.

Other Radio Work:

  • Apart from “The Abbott and Costello Show,” Niles was a regular on other radio programs, including “The Fred Allen Show“, “The Life of Riley” and “The Eddie Cantor Show.”
  • He also appeared in various guest roles and lent his voice to commercials and sponsor announcements.

Television and Later Career:

  • With the rise of television, Ken Niles successfully made the transition to this new medium. He continued his announcing work and appeared in various television shows during the 1950s and 1960s.
  • His television credits include appearances on programs such as “The Jack Benny Program” and “The Colgate Comedy Hour.”

Later Life:

  • Ken Niles continued to work in the entertainment industry until his retirement.
  • He passed away on October 31, 1988, at the age of 81.
  • He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio`.

Filmography of Ken Niles

1937Hollywood HotelKen Niles
1938Men Are Such FoolsBillUncredited
1939Sweepstakes WinnerFirst Radio AnnouncerUncredited
1941Harmon of MichiganKen Niles
1943Hit Parade of 1943AnnouncerUncredited
1943ShantytownRadio AnnouncerUncredited
1944Lady, Let’s DanceAnnouncer
1945Swingin’ on a RainbowNew York City Radio AnnouncerUncredited
1946The Inner CircleKen – Radio Announcer
1947Magic TownReporterUncredited
1947Out of the PastEels
1948You Were Meant for MeNarratorVoice, Uncredited
1949My Friend IrmaRadio Contest AnnouncerUncredited
1951The Fat ManDr. Henry Bromley D.D.S.Uncredited
1956NBC Matinee TheaterEpisode: “The Young and the Damned”
1962The Donna Reed ShowProfessor EarnshawEpisode: “Explorer’s Ten”
1968The Bob Hope Show1 episode, (final appearance)

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