Mike Gargiulo, the nine-time Emmy winner who directed some of TV’s best-loved
game shows for a half-century and started his illustrious broadcast career at WNBC,
where his son Michael co-anchors “Today in New York,” has died. Gargiulo passed
away Tuesday. He was 95 years old.
Gargiulo’s broadcast career started at WNBC in the early 1950s.
He began working at the station as a staff director in the early and did most of the
local shows in New York until 1959.
After, NBC selected him to join the State Department project to build a television
studio in Moscow and introduce color TV to the Russian people.
Gargiulo’s career spanned 50 years, directing some of TV’s most popular game shows,
including Password, The Price Is Right, Jackpot and $10,000 Pyramid.
For more than 30 years he also produced a variety of specials for CBS, covering the
Thanksgiving Day Parade, for which he earned an Emmy nomination in 1974, New
Year’s Eve and other events
Gargiulo was born and raised on Coney Island and lived above his father’s restaurant,
where bands and variety talent appeared regularly. He had a flair for those shows,
which became the vogue in the early 1960s, throughout his career.
Victor Borge hired him to direct his music and comedy special featuring the jazz
version of “Peter and the Wolf.” He also returned to Russia for “The Leningrad Ice
Show,” and later to Las Vegas for a second NBC special featuring the Igor
Moiseyev contemporary dance company, hosted by Orson Welles.