Marc Summers Biography
Marc Summers is an American television personality, comedian, game show host, producer and talk show host. He is best known for hosting Double Dare for Nickelodeon, Unwrapped for Food Network and recently he was Executive Producer for both Dinner: Impossible and Restaurant: Impossible also for Food Network.
Marc Summers Age
Marc was born on November 11, 1951. He is aged 67 years as of 2018.
Marc Summers Net Worth
The television personality has a net worth of $8 million.
Marc Summers Height
Marc stands at a height of 5 feet 8 inch. or 1.73 metres.
Marc Summers Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds once had a really intense appearance on The Tonight Show. In 1994, the iconic actor stopped by to visit with host Jay Leno and TV personality (and then host of kids show Double Dare) Marc Summers was also on that evening. The two men did not get along well and almost came to blows.
Reynolds was in a bad mood from the start over a joke Leno did about his divorce from Loni Anderson. Summers, it seemed, was in the mood to instigate. The two men insulted each other before water was thrown, more harsh words were exchanged and then a random pie fight ensued. It was clear from the onset that neither of the men liked one another. Leno was clearly uncomfortable.
Marc Summers TV Shows
- He created and hosted the short-lived children’s game show Pick Your Brain, co-hosted Great Day America on the PAX Network
- He produced I Can’t Believe You Said That, and hosted It’s a Surprise on Food Network.
- Double Dare 2000,
- Two years later, he was the executive producer for another Nickelodeon resurrection, Wild and Crazy Kids.
- He returned to television as the host of more shows, including History IQ with his old announcer Harvey on the History Channel; the Food Network series Unwrapped; 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.
- In late 2006, Sony Pictures Television and KingWorld planned a new game show called Combination Lock, with Summers hosting the first pilot.
- Summers returned to host a 30th Anniversary of Double Dare at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International.
- Summers also appeared in a commemorative half-hour special in honor of the show’s 30th anniversary that aired on Nickelodeon on November 23, 2016.
Marc Summers Accident
Summers, 60, was riding in the back of a cab when the driver lost control and the vehicle hydroplaned causing the crash. Summers hit the partition between the front and back seats of the cab.
“There’s a divot under my eye so there’s dead tissue,” the Restaurant Impossible producer tells PEOPLE. “The doctor says it’s a three month setback, but there’s not much I can do. I’m going to remain optimistic.”
The plan is to fix the tear and remove the titanium in his face in the hope that it will correct the placement of his eye. “If that doesn’t work, they’re going to have to tighten the muscles,” says Summers. “I’m not sure how that happens and I’m not sure I want to know.”
The prognosis isn’t all bad news, however. “There was concern I would have trouble seeing, and I did see double for a while,” he says. “But now my sight is in pretty good shape.”
“Some people say they can’t tell I had an accident, but I’m still pretty swollen on the left side,” he adds. “I’m getting my stamina back. I’m about 88 percent of where I need to be but that’s pretty damn good.”
Marc Summers Career
Summers was born Marc Berkowitz in Indianapolis, Indiana. He attended Westlane Middle School and North Central High School in Indianapolis and Grahm Junior College in Boston, Massachusetts. His early careers were as a radio disc jockey and a stand-up comedian; though he held various television production jobs before Summers’ career was 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 Family Double Dare in 1988. Its 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 its original program WinTuition in 2002. Summers had a rare dramatic performance in the Nickelodeon-produced Halloween program Mystery Magical Special, which also highlighted his skills as a stage magician.
He 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.
The Communication and Journalism Club of Coastal Carolina University on March 28, 2008 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 and their 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.
He returned to television as the host of more shows, including History IQ with his old announcer Harvey on the History Channel; the Food Network series Unwrapped; 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.
Summers joined Chef Guy Fieri as co-host of Food Network’s Ultimate Recipe Showdown in 2008. In late 2006, Sony Pictures Television and KingWorld planned a new game show called Combination Lock, with Summers hosting the first pilot. It was to be paired with a revival of the classic game show, The Joker’s Wild. However, a deal couldn’t be reached by KingWorld and station groups.
Off the screen, Summers has been involved as an executive producer on the Food Network’s Dinner: Impossible and Restaurant: Impossible. Summers currently splits his time between homes in Los Angeles and 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 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. He has also hosted “Dunkel Dare” during the annual Beer Week in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Summers appears in the Good Charlotte music video for their song “Last Night”, which uses Family Double Dare as the motif for the video. He has also played himself on The Cleveland Show, Robot Chicken, Workaholics, and Sanjay & Craig, and appeared in special segments on ABC’s The Chew.
He is the subject and executive producer of On Your Marc, a documentary that chronicles his life and development of his one-man theater show, featuring interviews with Neil Patrick Harris, Ryan Seacrest, Guy Fieri and Seth Green, and was directed by Mathew Klickstein. He hosted a number of early preview screenings and live events as part of a nationwide promotional tour of the film in October 2017.
Summers returned to host a 30th Anniversary of Double Dare at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International. Summers also appeared in a commemorative half-hour special in honor of the show’s 30th anniversary that aired on Nickelodeon on November 23, 2016.
Summers currently provides color commentary on along with his vast knowledge of the game on the revival of Double Dare with Liza Koshy, now produced by RTL Group / FremantleMedia, and serves as executive producer.