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Marc Summers biography

Date of birth : 1951-11-11
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2010-11-11
Credited as : Talk-show and tv personality, comedian and producer, hosting the Nickelodeon game show Double Dare

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Marc Summers is an American television personality, comedian, game show host, producer, and a two-time talk show host. He is best known for hosting the Nickelodeon game show Double Dare and currently hosts Unwrapped on The Food Network.

Summers was born Marc Berkowitz in Indianapolis, Indiana. He attended North Central High School in Indianapolis. His early career of his life were those of a radio disc jockey and a stand-up comedian, though he held various television production jobs before, Summers' career boosted in 1986, when Nickelodeon hired him as the host of Double Dare. Double Dare was syndicated within two years and had a brief broadcast network run in prime time as Fox's Family Double Dare in 1988. The show's popularity led to other hosting jobs including the syndicated Couch Potatoes in 1989, and Nickelodeon's What Would You Do? in 1991. GSN chose him to host their original program WinTuition in 2002. He also had a rare dramatic performance in the Nickelodeon-produced Halloween program Mystery Magical Special, which also highlighted his skills as a stage magician. Summers also made celebrity guest rounds on other game shows including Scrabble, Super Password, Talk About, Lingo, To Tell The Truth, Win, Lose or Draw, and Hollywood Squares.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Summers appeared on television talk shows, including a stint on ABC television's Home Show. After Double Dare's cancellation in 1993, Summers co-hosted Our Home, a daily talk show aimed at homemakers, on Lifetime. Summers left Our Home after a couple of seasons to co-host another Lifetime talk show, Biggers & Summers.

On March 28, 2008, the Communication and Journalism Club of Coastal Carolina University presented Summers with the first annual Peach Cobbler Award and declared that day as "Marc Summers Day". The Peach Cobbler Award was modeled after Harvard's Hasty Pudding Award. The Peach Cobbler Award recognizes an individual who was made great accomplishments in the communication field. After the ceremony, Summers hosted a mock version of Double Dare on the university's campus.

During the 1990s, Summers continued work on television shows, each with varying success. He created and hosted the short-lived children's game show Pick Your Brain, co-hosted Great Day America on the PAX Network, produced I Can't Believe You Said That, and hosted It's a Surprise on Food Network.

Summers returned to Nickelodeon in 2000 as the executive consultant for Double Dare 2000, an updated version of his original show. Two years later, he was the executive producer for another Nickelodeon resurrection, Wild and Crazy Kids.

Recently, he returned to television as the host of more shows, including History IQ on the History Channel; the Food Network series Unwrapped, currently in its ninth season; the Unwrapped spin-off game show, Trivia Unwrapped; and the Game Show Network series WinTuition. In 2005, Summers became the host of Food Network's reality series The Next Food Network Star. Most recently, Summers has joined Chef Guy Fieri as co-host of Food Network's Ultimate Recipe Showdown in 2008. Off the screen, Summers has been involved as an executive producer on the Food Network's Dinner: Impossible. Marc currently resides in Philadelphia where his company Marc Summers Productions has a branch.

Summers has hosted stage versions of The Price Is Right and credits Bob Barker and The Price Is Right for helping him pursue a game-show career. Summers was a young page at CBS when The Price Is Right premiered with The Joker's Wild and Gambit in 1972, and he often asked advice of Barker, Jack Barry and Wink Martindale—the shows' respective hosts—about a hosting career. He claims it's the best possible education and training in the game show field, and it was during this time that Summers got his first on-air experience, as a fill-in announcer on The Joker's Wild.

Summers recently served as host of "Drunk Double Dare" during Drunk Day, an annual episode of the Philadelphia-based Preston and Steve radio show on WMMR, held directly before the Fourth of July weekend. The show reunited Summers with his Double Dare cohorts John Harvey and Robin Marrella.

Television Appearances

# Series
# Announcer, Hot Streak (also known as Bruce Forsyth's Hot Streak), 1986
# Host, Double Dare, Nickelodeon, 1986-1994
# Host, Family Double Dare (also known as Double Dare and Fox Family Double Dare), Fox, 1988
# Host, Celebrity Double Dare, syndicated, 1989
# Host, Super Sloppy Double Dare, Nickelodeon, 1989
# Host, Couch Potatoes, syndicated, 1989
# Host, "The Nova Quiz," Nova, PBS, 1990
# Host, What Would You Do?, Nickelodeon, 1991
# Host, Our Home, Lifetime, 1994-1995
# Host, Biggers & Summers, Lifetime, 1995
# Host, Pick Your Brain, 1995
# Announcer, I Can't Believe You Said That, Fox Family, 1998
# Himself, Great Day America, PAX, 1998-1999
# Host, It's a Surprise, Food Network, 2000
# Host, History IQ, History Channel, 2000
# Host, Unwrapped, Food Network, 2001-
# Host, WinTuition, Game Show Network, 2002
# Host, Trivia Unwrapped, Food Network, 2003

# Movies
# Second reporter, The Sleepwalker Killer (also known as Crimes of Passion: Sleepwalker and From the Files of Unsolved Mysteries: The Sleepwalker Killing), NBC, 1997

# Specials
# Mystery Magical Special (also known as Marc Summers' Mystery Magical Tour and Marc Summers' Mystery Magical Special), Nickelodeon, 1988
# Walt Disney World's Fourth of July Spectacular, syndicated, 1988
# It's OK to Say No to Drugs, 1988
# Kids Have Rights Too, 1989
# Presenter, Kids' Choice Awards, Nickelodeon, 1992
# Judge, The 1992 Miss Teen USA Pageant, CBS, 1992
# Chorus member, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, PBS, 1993
# Tuning in to Media, 1994
# The 7th Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, Nickelodeon, 1994
# Weinerville Chanukah Special, Nickelodeon, 1995

# Pilots
# Host, Ultimate Revenge, CBS, 1992
# Episodic
# Himself, "Cats Nipped," Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, Fox, 1995
# Himself, Ultimate Revenge, TNN, 2001
# Himself, Pyramid, 2003
# Guest host, "April Fool's Special," Cram, 2003
# Himself, "The Reality Behind Reality," Chuck Woolery: Naturally Stoned, 2003
# Also appeared in Oprah; Today; The Tonight Show with JayLeno, NBC.

# Television Work

# Series
# Executive producer, Family Double Dare, Fox, 1988
# Executive producer, Pick Your Brain, syndicated, 1993
# Producer, I Can't Believe You Said That, Fox Family, 1998
# Producer, creative consultant, and executive consultant, Double Dare 2000, Nickelodeon, 2000
# Producer, Ultimate Revenge (also known as TNN's Ultimate Revenge), TNN, 2001
# Executive producer, Trivia Unwrapped, Food Network, 2003
# Also appeared as executive producer, Wild & Crazy Kids.

# Specials
# Executive producer, The Firestarter, Court TV, 2001

# Pilots
# Producer, Bring Me the Head of Dobie Gillis, CBS, 1988

# Television Specials
# Mystery Magical Special (also known as Marc Summers' Mystery Magical Tour and Marc Summers' Mystery Magical Special), Nickelodeon, 1988
# Autobiography
# (With Eric Hollander) Everything In Its Place: My Trials and Triumphswith Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, J. P. Tarcher/Putnam, 1999

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