Mike Bongiorno (TV Show Host)

Mike Bongiorno

Michael Nicholas Salvatore Bongiorno, known as Mike Bongiorno, was an Italian-American television host. After a few experiences in the US, he started working on Italian TV in the 1950s and was considered to be the most popular host in Italy. He was also known by the nickname il Re del Quiz, and the peculiarity of starting all his shows with his trademark greeting: Allegria!.

Born: Michael Nicholas Salvatore Bongiorno, May 26, 1924, New York City, USA
Died: Sept 8, 2009, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Occupation: Presenter
Years active: 1946–2009
Children: 3
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About Mike Bongiorno

An Italian TV host who is known for being The Quiz King with the popular saying, Cheers!

Before Fame

He spent several months during World War II in the San Vittore prison in Milan, Italy and later spent time in a concentration camp.


He hosted the Italian version of The $64,000 Question in the late 1950s.

Family Life

He passed away at the age of 85 and he was survived by his wife Daniela.


He briefly hosted the Italian version of Wheel of Fortune, which has been hosted by Pat Sajak in the U.S. version.

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Latest information about Mike Bongiorno updated on September 07, 2020.

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