In a career that has spanned for over 60 years, Wink Martindale has managed to make quite a name for himself. Known for hosting game shows, Wink’s dynamic personality enabled him to present the best version of himself every time he took to the stage. In years of his career as a host, Martindale would often use his experience as a radio personality. A star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Wink, was presented the prestigious award on the 2nd of June 2006. A kind man at heart, Wink is a regular part of charities and also works as a volunteer for Dream Factory.
Winston Conrad ‘Wink’ Martindale was born on the 4th of December 1933 in Jackson, Tennessee. Born and raised in Jackson, Wink comes from humble beginnings. While his father’s name was James Martindale, details about his mother are relatively unknown. Winks also had an older brother, Leo Martindale, who joined the US Army but died at the age of 75 on the 11th of March 2003. Wink’s mother was a huge fan of soap operas and it was her that influenced Wink to make a career in the entertainment industry. Wink graduated from a local high school in Jackson but was determined to finish college. He later enrolled at the University of Memphis and graduated with a major degree in Speech and English.
Wink was fascinated by the radio and wanted to make a name for himself. Following this yearning, he took up his first job as a disc jockey at the age of 17. His first proper job at a radio station came when he was 18. Wanting to climb up in the world, Wink later moved to the WHBQ radio station. Wink continued to work as a radio host and was heard across several radio stations including KRLA, KGIL, KFWB, and KHJ. In 1971, Wink was asked to make an appearance as the mid-day personality on Gene Autry’s flagship show, Station of the Stars. He held the position for 12 years before leaving his career as a radio host to move into TV.
Career on Television:
Wink’s first appearance on television came on the Memphis TV channel WHBQ-TV, where he hosted a science-fiction show for children entitled, Mars Patrol. He later hosted the reality show Teenage Dance Party before moving onto game shows.
Wink’s first appearance as a game show host came from 1964 to 1965, when he hosted the series What’s This Song?. This was followed by a similar show entitled, Words and Music.
Wink’s first tasted success with the 1972 game show, Gambit. He continued his newfound success with another hit show, Tic-Tac-Dough which aired from 1978 to 1985. His newfound success enabled Wink to establish his own company, Wink Martindale Enterprises.
The first show to come out of the newly formed Martindale Enterprises was Headline Chasers. The series didn’t enjoy much success and was replaced by Bumper Stumpers. Wink continued to make TV shows and was the host behind, Trivial Pursuit, Jumble, and Boggle.
Wink’s highest-rated TV show was the 1996’s game show, Debt. The series featured competitors who were competing to get rid of their debts. The 2000s put a stop on Winks production career and the man eased into his retirement life.
Wink has been married for quite a while now. He is currently married to Sandy Ferra. The pair got married way back in the mid-1970s and have been together ever since. Before Sandy, Wink was married to Madelyn Leech. The pair tied the knot in 1954 but called it quits in 1972. In 18-years of marriage, Wink and Madelynn gave birth to three children, Wink Jr., Laura, Lisa, and Lynn.
As of 2020, Wink’s net worth is estimated to be around USD 20 million.
December 4, 1933
Jackson, Tennessee, USA
Television personality, TV show host
Sandy Ferra (70’s -present), Madelyn Leech (ex)
Wink Martindale Jr., Laura Martindale, Lisa Martindale, and Lynn Martindale