Knowledge Identifier: +Johnny_Carson
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1925.
Countries: United States (67%), California (14%), United Kingdom (4%)
Linked to: Comedy Central, Columbia University, DeLorean Motor Company, Meredith Corporation
In 1951 Carson visited California and unsuccessfully sought work
In 1953 comic Red Skelton — a fan of Carson's "cult success" low-budget sketch comedy show, "Carson's Cellar" on KNXT — asked Carson to join his show as a writer
In 1955, Jack Benny invited Carson to appear on one of his programs during the opening and closing segments
Edgar Bergen - Bergen hosted the television game show "Do You Trust Your Wife-" in 1956-57, later succeeded, in a daytime edition, by Johnny Carson
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon - Jack Paar hosted the show from 1957 to 1962, but the show's longest-running and most famous host was Johnny Carson, who hosted the show for three decades
Doc Severinsen - He actually joined "The Tonight Show Band" several months before Johnny Carson became host in October of 1962
Ed McMahon - He is most famous for his work on television as Johnny Carson's sidekick and announcer on "The Tonight Show" from 1962 to 1992
Betty Johnson - Johnson continued on "Tonight" until 1962 when Paar was replaced by Johnny Carson, while making appearances on a number of other television shows
The Tonight Show - The "Tonight" show has undergone some minor title changes, having aired and being referred to as "Tonight" for several of its early years, before later settling on "The Tonight Show" in 1962, with the seating of long-time host Johnny Carson
Merv Griffin - While Johnny Carson finished his CBS contract before taking over "Tonight" after Paar in October 1962, Griffin was one of the many guest hosts NBC used
Bucky Pizzarelli - In 1964, he became a member of The Tonight Show Band on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
Joey Heatherton - In 1964, she appeared on "The Tonight Show", where she energetically coached Johnny Carson on the finer points of dancing "The Frug
In 1966, Carson popularized Milton Bradley's game Twister when he played it with actress Eva Gabor
Harry Belafonte - From February 5 to 9, 1968, Belafonte guest hosted "The Tonight Show" substituting for Johnny Carson
Merv Griffin - CBS gave Griffin a late-night show opposite Johnny Carson in 1969, a move which proved disastrous
Eddie Lawrence - On February 22, 1971, Eddie appeared as a guest on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show , performing a five-minute "Old Philosopher" routine at the end of which Carson was laughing loudly and repeating some of its lines and, in 1974, he was heard as the announcer on a television advertisement for John Lennon and Harry Nilsson's album, "Pussy Cats", which included contributions by Ringo Starr and Keith Moon
Uri Geller - Geller was unable to bend any tableware during a 1973 appearance on "The Tonight Show" in which the spoons he was to bend had been pre-selected by Johnny Carson
Beginning in 1976, NBC used the Satcom 2 satellite to do this, feeding the live taping directly to New York, where it would be edited prior to the normal broadcast
Carson was shown on a 1978 segment of "60 Minutes" practicing at home on a drum set given to him by close friend Buddy Rich, who was the jazz musician with the most appearances on "The Tonight Show"
Sonny Tufts - Years after Tuft's death, during the 1980s, he became known as one of the semi-random people and places that TV host Johnny Carson used in his jokes on "The Tonight Show"
Bette Davis - Bette Davis told Johnny Carson in a 1983 interview on "The Tonight Show" that as an actress, she wanted to be remembered as being a "good worker
Michaele Vollbracht - The company folded in 1985 due to Vollbracht having accepted financial backing from Johnny Carson, which was withdrawn during Carson's bitter divorce from his third wife
Jay Leno became the exclusive guest host in fall 1987
James Stewart - In the documentary film James Stewart: A Wonderful Life, hosted by Johnny Carson, Stewart said that he went back to Westerns in 1950 in part because a string of films that were flops.
Jay Leno - Starting in 1987, Leno was a regular substitute host for Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show"
Richard Carson died on June 21, 1991, when his car plunged down a steep embankment along a paved service road off Highway 1 near Cayucos, California
David Letterman - In 1992, Johnny Carson retired, and many fans believed that Letterman would become host of "The Tonight Show"
On May 13, 1994, Carson appeared on "Late Show with David Letterman"
Helen Kushnick - A 1996 HBO TV movie called "The Late Shift" was about the network politics that occurred after the retirement of Johnny Carson from the "The Tonight Show" on NBC
On March 19, 1999, Carson at 73, suffered a severe heart attack at his Malibu, California home
Late Show with David Letterman - In 2005, after the death of Johnny Carson, it was revealed that Carson had made a habit of sometimes sending jokes to Letterman which Letterman would incorporate into his monologues
Late Show with David Letterman - Lassally, who had served as an executive producer for Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show", was invited back to "Late Show" in January 2005 as a guest to discuss the recent death of Carson
Ernie Manouse - Another area of broadcasting that Manouse has explored is late night talk, and on February 9, 2005, Manouse launched The After Party, combining arts coverage and light-hearted interviews reminiscent of Johnny Carson and Jack Parr
Writer Gore Vidal, another frequent "Tonight Show" guest and friend, writes about Carson's personality in his 2006 memoirs
Lucille Ball - She was *awarded the "Legacy of Laughter" *award at the fifth Annual TV Land *awards in 2007, "I Love Lucy" was named the "Greatest TV Series" by "Hall of Fame Magazine", and "TV Guide" voted her greatest TV star of all time In November of that year, Lucille Ball was chosen as the second out of the "50 Greatest TV Icons", after Johnny Carson
On June 24, 2009, following Ed McMahon's death, Rivers lauded McMahon on "Larry King Live" but said that after she got her own show Carson never spoke to her again
David Letterman - Letterman was the first recipient of the Johnny Carson *award for Comedic Excellence at The Comedy *awards in 2011
Late Show with David Letterman - As host of both "Late Night" and "Late Show" for more than 30 years, Letterman surpassed Johnny Carson as the longest running late-night talk show host in 2013
She later had a second marriage that ended in divorce, and died in California, aged 83, in 2015