From early childhood on, it was Marc Summers‘ goal to make it big in television. Today, his name is recognized as a ubiquitous and sprightly TV personality not only in his home town of Indianapolis, but across the United States and beyond. Marc Summers is, in fact, one of today’s most famous people from Indianapolis.
Born Marc Berkowitz in the Circle City in 1951, Summers graduated from North Central High School, then left Indiana for Los Angeles to begin a serious journey toward his goal. He worked his way up the television ladder from studio page to game show warm-up guy to long time, highly successful game show host. His credits are all the more outstanding than others who share the same rarified atmosphere, since he battled a powerful OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) condition since he was a young boy.
|See Marc Summers doing magic tricks in this video tribute to his early hero, Bob Barker.|
Summers started his noteworthy career in show business as a magician, comedian and disc jockey. In the 1970s, he landed a job as a studio page in Hollywood, and a few years later became the audience warm-up personality for network shows such as Star Search and Soap.
From 1986 until 1994, Marc Summers was the host for Double Dare on Nickelodeon, a show that is still going strong. Summers went on to host ABC’s Home Show, Our Home on Lifetime, Biggers and Summers on Lifetime, Couch Potatoes, Great Day America on PAX-TV, What Would You Do on Nickelodeon, Pick Your Brain, It’s a Surprise and The Next Food Network Star on Food Network, The History Channel’s History IQ and Unwrapped, the Food Network’s hugely popular series now in the seventh season. Summers has also been instrumental in the creation and production of many other television favorites, including Food Network’s Dinner: Impossible.
|Four-minute video clip from Unwrapped, Marc Summers hosting.|
Summers has a few specials and movie credits to his name as well, including roles in The Sleepwalker Killer and Nickelodeon’s Mystery Magical Special.
Recently Marc Summers published his memoir called Everything in Its Place: My Trials and Triumphs with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
|Here’s an interesting and illuminating video featuring Marc Summers living out his OCD|
Summers is the national spokesperson of the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, having been extremely forthcoming about his experiences with OCD on TV talk shows such as The Today Show, Oprah, The Howard Stern Show and Dateline. He is a shining example of a person who can take his debilitating disorder and turn it into an asset.
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