Jim Fowler has passed away at the age of 87! Anyone around my age will surely remember watching Wild Kingdom every Sunday night. It was a major part of my childhood! Fowler spent 25 years on the show, first as a sidekick to host Marlin Perkins, and later as host of the show.
A lot of people will also remember his many appearances with Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show back in the day. It was always fascinating and funny when he brought out all the different animals to interact with Johnny. There was also a running joke that Johnny made about Jim doing all the dangerous stuff on Wild Kingdom while Marlin hung back where it was safe. That's the first thing I thought of today when I read that Jim had died. He addresses that in the video below!
Jim Fowler is survived by his wife and two kids.