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Name: Bob Goen  
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Date of Birth: 1st December 1954
Place of Birth: Long Beach, California, USA
Profession: Actor
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Bob Goen (born December 1, 1954) was an American game show emcee and a popular television personality, best known as the reporter and sub anchor, before being co-anchor to Mary Hart & Jan Carl on the long-running newsmagazine program, Entertainment Tonight, on which he stayed on the show from 1993 - 2004.

Goen was born and raised in Long Beach, California and upon graduation from San Diego State University in 1976 with a degree in telecommunications and film, one year later in 1977, he used his college radio experience to land a part-time job at KFOX radio in his native Long Beach, which led to his first full-time job as a disc jockey/producer for KPRO in Riverside, where he was promoted to work as a director. In 1981, he came to television, becoming a sports anchor at KESQ-TV, the ABC affiliate in Palm Springs.

Around that time, he also served as ESPN's desert-area correspondent. After almost 4 years in that role, he came to Hollywood, where he hosted several short-lived game shows such as Perfect Match and Home Shopping Game both of syndication. The following year on the second week of 1988, he also hosted Blackout on CBS, and the following year in 1989, he replaced both Pat Sajak & Rolf Benirschke as the host of the immensely-popular game show, Wheel of Fortune, also for CBS, before the show moved back to NBC. Unlike the many game shows he’d hosted, it was his only hit show and between 1990 and 1991, he was nominated for 2 Emmies for Outstanding Game Show Host, but didn’t win. The daytime version of Wheel of Fortune finally came to an end in the Fall of 1991, when other game shows ceased production. The following year, he came back to host another short-lived game show for the summer season called, The Hollywood Game.

Between 1993 and 1996, he served as host of the worldwide telecasts of Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA Pageants, all for CBS.

On April 11, 1993, he was hired to work on Entertainment Tonight as an substitute anchor and a reporter. Three years later, after his hiring, his predecessor John Tesh had left the show on May 30, 1996, to pursue his music career, and at that time, Goen was promoted to work with Mary Hart. When he enjoyed working on his very first day with ET, his charismatic reporting and charm gave him the impression of interviewing mostly of celebrities and musicians, from Nicole Kidman to Sir Elton John, among many others. In 1999, he even made guest appearances on 2 separate movies on the set of ET. On September 11, 2001, amongst fellow reporters, he also covered the World Trade Center. A couple of years later, he even called actress Suzanne Somers over to interview her about the death of beloved actor John Ritter. In August 2004, after 11 years of serving as anchor on the set, he left to not only spend more time with his new marriage, but he also wanted to pursue other projects. At the same time, he also gave that job to Mark Steines.

Goen was married to Sabrina in 1988, and had a son in 1994. The couple divorced in 1997. In late 2003, he was engaged to television personality, Marianne Curan, and were married in 2004.

In his spare time, Goen does annual charity work for his golfing tournament called the, “Bob Goen Lexus Invitational”, which benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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