Ed McMahon

Ed McMahon

Tonight Show announcer, game show host, actor, spokesman
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Ed McMahon

Edward Leo Peter McMahon Jr. (March 6, 1923 – June 23, 2009) was an American announcer, game show host, comedian, actor, singer and combat aviator. McMahon and Johnny Carson began their association in their first TV series, the ABC game show Who Do You Trust?, running from 1957 to 1962. McMahon then made his famous thirty-year mark as Carson's sidekick, announcer and second banana on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson from 1962 to 1992.

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Full name at birth
Edward Peter Leo McMahon Jr.
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Claim to fame
The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson
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Date of birth
6 March 1923
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Place of birth
Detroit, Michigan
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Date of death
23 June 2009
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Age
86 (age at death)
Place of death
Los Angeles, California
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Comedian, game show host, announcer, spokesman
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6' 3" (190 cm)
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  • Usually appears as a sidekick
  • His call, "Hi-ooooo!"
  • His laugh
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Net worth
$2,000,000 USD
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Heeeeeere`s Johnny!
  • Was a huge fan of W.C. Fields.
  • Retired as a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps. During World War II, he was a pilot-instructor and test pilot. During the Korean War, he flew 85 combat missions after being called back to active service in 1952. Was commissioned a Brigadier General in the California Air National Guard in 1966 and continued to serve after he began his acting career. Along with James Stewart, he held the highest active military rank of any actor in history. McMahon was the highest-ranking officer to become an actor, and Stewart was the established actor who achieved the highest rank. Both were decorated combat aviators.
  • Retired from U.S.M.C. reserve status in 1983 to host "Star Search" (1983) full time, a show on which such performers as Britney Spears and Arsenio Hall (his own successor to the show) were later discovered.
  • Was present for the 2007 demolishing of the old Burbank studio where he had taped the last "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962), calling it an end of an era.
  • Hospitalized in intensive care in a Los Angeles for treatment of pneumonia and bone cancer [February 27, 2009].

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