Birth Date: May 22, 1910
Birth Place: Windom, Minnesota, USA
Also Credited as: Johnny Olsen
Date of Death: October 12, 1985 / Age: 75
Location of Death: Santa Monica, California, USA
Cause of Death: cerebral hemorrhage
Biography: John Leonard "Johnny" Olson (May 22, 1910 – October 12, 1985) was an American radio and television announcer.
Born in Windom, Minnesota, Olson became known for his announcer roles on television game shows from the 1950s to the 1980s. His many credits included 32 game shows -- including To Tell The Truth, Concentration, Match Game, and other Mark Goodson-Bill Todman productions -- as well as The Jackie Gleason Show.
Olson is best known for his appearance on the CBS revival of The Price is Right from its inception on September 4, 1972, until his sudden death. More than just an announcer of prizes and host Bob Barker's sidekick, Olson was a loved and valued member of the cast, becoming as synonymous with the show as announcer Don Pardo was in its original version. He frequently acted in the showcases at the end of each show and helped make "Come on down!" a catch phrase that has carried on to his successors, Rod Roddy (1986-2003) and Rich Fields (2004-present). He was also instrumental in starting the career of announcer Randy West.
Olson died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 75 in Santa Monica, California.