CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. — Art Fleming, the original host of television's "Jeopardy!," died at home Tuesday of pancreatic cancer. He was 70.
Fleming was found to have the disease just two weeks ago, said his lawyer, Steve Hurm.
"We're all stunned," said Merv Griffin, creator of "Jeopardy!" and now its executive producer. "He was a great fellow. Art was the first 11 years of the success of 'Jeopardy!' "
An actor in radio, television, films and theater, Fleming appeared in numerous TV shows, including "Starsky and Hutch," "Lou Grant" and "Moneychangers."
He appeared in 48 movies, including "Primetime," "Airplane II" and "MacArthur." In the latter, he played adviser W. Averill Harriman opposite Gregory Peck's Gen. Douglas MacArthur.