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Johnny Carson information

Birth date: October 23, 1925, Corning, Iowa, United States
Birth place: Corning
Death date: January 23, 2005, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.77 m)
Profession:Comedian, Actor, Screenwriter, Presenter
Nationality:United States of America
Spouse:Alexis Maas (m. 1987–2005)
Children:Cory Carson, Kit Carson, Richard Carson

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John William Carson was born on 23 October 1925, in Coming, Iowa USA, of part Irish descent. He was probably the leading TV talk show host in the US for 30 years, until retiring in 1992. Carson passed away in 2005 in California.

Many people are interested in Johnny Carson’s net worth – how rich was he? Johnny Carson’s net worth has been estimated at $300 million.

Johnny Carson Net Worth $200 Million

Like many kids, Johnny Carson was fascinated by magicians, so bought a kit and gave his first show at 14, earning $3. Other performances followed at local parties, until he joined the US Navy in 1943, training as a communications officer but still practicing tricks, even on the Secretary of the Navy.Of course this was the start of his net worth, small as it was.

After Navy service, Johnny graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1949 with a BA degree in speech and drama, while still performing part-time, as he had decided to try and work in radio. He actually secured his first job at the WOW station in Omaha, where he was soon hosting a morning TV show called “The Squirrel’s Nest”, part of which was Johnny satirically performing, with local celebrities as his target. His net worth was beginning to grow.

Carson was soon referred to the Los Angeles TV station KNXT – owned by CBS – which was a big step-up in his career, as he was subsequently invited to write for and be a guest on several shows, including by Red Skelton and Jack Benny, as well as hosting his own self-titled but still modest show in 1955. Never one to stay still for long at that point, Johnny then moved to New York, and hosted “Who Do You Trust” for five years. All these projects added steadily to Johnny’s net worth.

Although not realising it at the time, Johnny Carson’s move to this daytime TV show was  most significant, as it allowed him freedom to ad lib and display his real talent for humour and satire, but in a friendly way which did not unnecessarily embarrass guests. After five years, NBC convinced Johnny to become host of the popular ‘Tonight’ show and, as the saying goes, he never looked back. Despite Johnny being fearful of the length of the show, and therefore keeping audiences interested, the show and himself were a success, so that the name was changed to “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” after a year. Of course, this was to become the biggest source of his net worth for the next 30 years.

In the 1960s, Johnny’s show gained enormous popularity, and was broadcast live. During the peak of his success in the show during the 70s and 80s, Johnny always remained a casual person, and relaxed conversational interacting with guests of the show was the main reason, and why the show maintained its popularity. This was certainly Johnny’s own style, but was also why he had been selected, as previous hosts had adopted a similar style, and why his popularity remained stable until he retired.

Of course Johnny Carson’s success and popularity did not go unrewarded, and over 30 years he won six Emmy Awards, the Governor’s Award in 1980, and the Peabody Award in 1985. He was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1987, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992, and finally a Kennedy Center Honor in 1993.

In his private life, Johnny Carson was actually a shy and quiet person, completely avoiding the limelight and refusing to discuss his personal life, beliefs or preferences. He was married four times, firstly to Jody Wolcott(1948-63), with whom he had his only three children, sons. In 1963 the couple divorced and later that year John Carson married Joanne Copeland, the marriage lasting nine years. Johnny was then married to model Joanna Holland(1972-83), and finally to Alexis Maas from 1987 until his death from respiratory failure in 2005. After Carson’s death, a huge amount of his net worth, i.e. $200 million went to the charity organization “The Johnny Carson Foundation”.

 


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Show with David Letterman 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Gracie 2007 writer: "The Tonight Show"
Talk to Me 2007 writer: "Johnny's Theme"
Live and Swingin': The Ultimate Rat Pack Collection 2003 Video documentary performer: "Birth of the Blues"
Blind Target 2000 lyrics: "My old friend the bottle / music: "My old friend the bottle / performer: "My old friend the bottle
Isn't She Great 2000 writer: "Johnny's Theme"
Fargo 1996 writer: "Johnny's Theme"
The Late Shift 1996 TV Movie writer: "Johnny's Theme"
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1992 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
This Is My Life 1992 writer: "Johnny's Theme"
Burglar 1987 writer: "Johnny's Theme"
The Jack Benny Program 1963 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Simpsons 1993 TV Series Johnny Carson
Get Smart 1965-1968 TV Series Herald / Special Guest Conductor
The Danny Thomas Hour 1967 TV Series Narrator
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 1966 TV Series
NBC Children's Theatre 1966 TV Series Narrator
Looking for Love 1964 Johnny Carson
The Mouse on the Moon 1963 Drum Major (uncredited)
The United States Steel Hour 1960 TV Series Kenneth Rausch
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1959 TV Series Comedian - Children's TV Host
Playhouse 90 1957 TV Series Erwin Trowbridge
The Red Skelton Hour 1954 TV Series Knight Who Makes Point of Order / Man in Audience

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Late Show with David Letterman 2005 TV Series opening monologue writer - 1 episode
Mr. President TV Series created by - 1 episode, 1987 creator - 1 episode, 1987
The 54th Annual Academy Awards 1982 TV Special documentary
Johnny Goes Home 1982 TV Movie documentary written by
The 53rd Annual Academy Awards 1981 TV Special special material written by
The 51st Annual Academy Awards 1979 TV Special documentary
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962 TV Series
Carson's Coffee Break 1953 TV Series
The Red Skelton Hour 1951 TV Series
The Squirrel's Nest 1949 TV Series

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Aristocrats 2005 Documentary dedicatee
Lost Moon: The Triumph of Apollo 13 1996 Video documentary special thanks
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1993 TV Series thanks - 1 episode
Can You Hear the Laughter? The Story of Freddie Prinze 1979 TV Movie thanks: for permission to use film segments

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Johnny Carson Collection, His Favorite Moments from 'The Tonight Show': 1962-1992 1994 Video Himself - Host
Late Show with David Letterman 1993-1994 TV Series Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1993 TV Special Himself - Honoree
Bob Hope: The First 90 Years 1993 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom 1993 TV Movie Himself - Former talk show host
Late Night with David Letterman 1985-1993 TV Series Himself
Jack Benny: Comedy in Bloom 1992 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962-1992 TV Series Himself - Host / Carnac the Magnificent / Art Fern / ...
Showbiz Today 1992 TV Series
Cheers 1992 TV Series Himself
A Tribute to the Boys: Laurel & Hardy 1992 TV Special documentary Himself
Johnny Carson's 29th Anniversary 1991 TV Special Himself
Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon 1990 TV Series Himself
Newhart 1989 TV Series Himself
5th Annual TV Academy Hall of Fame 1989 TV Special Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jack Lemmon 1988 TV Special documentary Himself (uncredited)
Night Court 1988 TV Series Himself
America's Tribute to Bob Hope 1988 TV Movie documentary Himself
It's Howdy Doody Time 1987 TV Special Johnny Carson - Guest
Family Comedy Hour 1987 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 25th Anniversary Special 1987 TV Movie Himself - Host
James Stewart: A Wonderful Life - Hosted by Johnny Carson 1987 TV Movie Himself
Great Performances 1987 TV Series Himself - Host
The Garry Shandling Show: 25th Anniversary Special 1986 TV Movie Himself
The New Hollywood Squares 1986 TV Series Himself - Cameo
All-Star Tribute to General Jimmy Doolittle 1986 TV Movie Himself
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration 1986 TV Special documentary Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Billy Wilder 1986 TV Special documentary Himself
George Burns' 90th Birthday Party: A Very Special Special 1986 TV Special Himself - Cameo
Bob Hope Buys NBC? 1985 TV Special Himself
The NBC All Star Hour 1985 TV Movie Himself
Johnny Carson Presents the Tonight Show Comedians 1984 TV Movie Himself
Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 22nd Anniversary 1984 TV Movie Himself
The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards 1984 TV Special Himself - Nominated: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program
The 56th Annual Academy Awards 1984 TV Special documentary Himself - Host
Johnny Carson's 21st Anniversary 1983 TV Movie Himself - Host
The 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1983 TV Special Himself - Nominated: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program & Presenter: The Governor's Award
George Burns Celebrates 80 Years in Show Business 1983 TV Movie Himself
Sheena Easton... Act One 1983 TV Movie Himself (uncredited)
Carson's Comedy Classics 1983 TV Series Himself - Host
Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 20th Anniversary 1982 TV Movie Himself - Host
The 54th Annual Academy Awards 1982 TV Special documentary Himself - Host
Johnny Goes Home 1982 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 19th Anniversary Special 1981 TV Movie Himself - Host
The 53rd Annual Academy Awards 1981 TV Special Himself - Host
A Love Letter to Jack Benny 1981 TV Movie documentary Himself
All-Star Inaugural Gala 1981 TV Movie Himself / Emcee
Bob Hope for President 1980 TV Special Himself
Johnny Carson's 18th Anniversary Special 1980 TV Movie Himself
The 52nd Annual Academy Awards 1980 TV Special Himself - Host
Lucy Moves to NBC 1980 TV Movie Himself
Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 17th Anniversary Special 1979 TV Movie Himself - Host
The Annual Friars Club Tribute Presents a Salute to Johnny Carson 1979 TV Movie Himself - Honoree
The 51st Annual Academy Awards 1979 TV Special documentary Himself - Host
George Burns' 100th Birthday Party 1979 TV Movie Himself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1978 TV Series Himself
Happy Birthday, Bob 1978 TV Special Himself
A Tribute to Mr. Television Milton Berle 1978 TV Special Himself
Life Goes to War: Hollywood and the Home Front 1977 Documentary Himself
Mary Tyler Moore 1977 TV Series Himself
The George Burns Special 1976 TV Special Johnny Carson
CBS Salutes Lucy: The First 25 Years 1976 TV Movie documentary Himself
NBC: The First Fifty Years - A Closer Look 1976 TV Movie documentary Himself
Joys 1976 TV Special The Masked Killer (uncredited)
Columbo 1975 TV Series Himself - TV Host
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Orson Welles 1975 TV Special Himself
The Smothers Brothers Show 1975 TV Series Himself - Cameo
Dinah! 1975 TV Series Himself
The 26th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1974 TV Special Himself - Host
The 28th Annual Tony Awards 1974 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Jack Benny's Second Farewell Special 1974 TV Special Himself
The Dean Martin Show 1968-1973 TV Series Himself
Laugh-In 1968-1973 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest Performer
Jack Benny's First Farewell Special 1973 TV Special Himself
Don Rickles: Alive and Kicking 1972 TV Special Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 10th Anniversary 1972 TV Movie Himself - Host
Cancel My Reservation 1972 Himself (uncredited)
The 24th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1972 TV Special Himself - Host
Johnny Carson Presents the Sun City Scandals '72 1972 TV Movie Himself - Host
The 23rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1971 TV Special Himself - Host
The David Frost Show 1970-1971 TV Series Himself
Pure Goldie 1971 TV Movie Himself
The Kraft Music Hall 1968-1971 TV Series Himself - Host / Himself - Roastmaster / Himself
Johnny Carson Presents the Sun City Scandals '70 1970 TV Movie Himself - Host
The Red Skelton Hour 1956-1970 TV Series Himself / Introduction
The Bob Hope Show 1965-1970 TV Series Himself / Himself - Cameo / Himself - Guest
Here's Lucy 1969 TV Series Himself
The Johnny Carson Special 1969 TV Movie Himself / Host / Sketch Actor
The Brass Are Comin' 1969 TV Special Himself
Concentration 1969 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Don Rickles Show 1968 TV Series Himself
The Joan Rivers Show 1968 TV Series Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1968 TV Series Himself
The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show 1968 TV Series Himself
Carnival Nights 1968 TV Special Himself
The Match Game 1967 TV Series Himself - Cameo
The Bob Braun Show 1967 TV Series Himself (1967-1984)
The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show 1966 TV Series Himself - Guest Host
Danny Thomas Meets the Comics 1965 TV Movie Himself
The Bob Hope Comedy Special 1965 TV Special Himself
The 16th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1964 TV Special Himself
The Steve Allen Playhouse 1964 TV Series Himself
The Jack Benny Program 1955-1963 TV Series Himself
What's My Line? 1956-1963 TV Series Himself - Panelist / Himself - Mystery Guest
Sing Along with Mitch 1963 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1955-1962 TV Series Himself / Himself - Comedian
The 14th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1962 TV Special Himself - Host
To Tell the Truth 1960-1962 TV Series Himself - Panelist
The All-Star Comedy Hour 1962 TV Movie Himself - Host
Password All-Stars 1962 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Contestant
The Garry Moore Show 1959-1962 TV Series Himself
Here's Hollywood 1961 TV Series Himself
I've Got a Secret 1959-1961 TV Series Himself - Panelist
The Jackie Gleason Show 1961 TV Series Himself - Panelist
Celebrity Talent Scouts 1960 TV Series Himself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1958-1960 TV Series Himself - Comedian / Himself - Guest / Himself - Comedian-Quiz Show Host / ...
The Arthur Murray Party 1959-1960 TV Series Himself
The Arthur Murray Special for Bob Hope 1960 TV Movie Himself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1960 TV Series Himself
The Chevy Showroom Starring Andy Williams 1959 TV Series Himself
Spectacular 1959 TV Series Himself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1958 TV Series Himself - Guest Host
The Polly Bergen Show 1958 TV Series Himself
The Johnny Carson Show 1955-1956 TV Series Himself - Host
Who Do You Trust? 1956 TV Series Himself - Host (1957-1962)
The Robert Q. Lewis Show 1955 TV Series Himself - Substitute Host
Earn Your Vacation 1954 TV Series Himself - Host
Red Skelton Revue 1954 TV Series Himself - Comedian / Himself - Guest Host
The Morning Show 1954 TV Series Himself - Host (1954)
Carson's Cellar 1953 TV Series Himself
Carson's Coffee Break 1953 TV Series Himself - Host
All Star Revue 1952 TV Series Himself - Guest Comedian (Sketch)
The Squirrel's Nest 1949 TV Series Himself - Host

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Inside Edition 2014-2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
A Football Life 2014 TV Series Himself
Paradise Garden 2014 Documentary Himself
America's Clown: An Intimate Biography of Red Skelton 2014 Video Himself
Geraldo at Large 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
The Insider 2014 TV Series Himself
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2014 TV Movie Himself (uncredited)
The View 2014 TV Series Himself
American Comedy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself
Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me 2014 Documentary Himself - Talk Show Host (uncredited)
Pioneers of Television 2008-2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself / Himself - Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson / Carnac the Magnificent
And the Oscar Goes To... 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Battered Bastards of Baseball 2014 Documentary Himself
The History of WWE: 50 Years of Sports Entertainment 2013 Video documentary Himself
Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic 2013 Documentary Himself
Carson on TCM 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
Llyn Foulkes One Man Band 2013 Documentary
Behind the Candelabra 2013 TV Movie Himself (uncredited)
Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story 2013 Documentary Himself
Makers: Women Who Make America 2013 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Betty White's 2nd Annual 90th Birthday 2013 TV Movie Himself
Lovelace 2013 Himself (uncredited)
Ted 2012 Himself (uncredited)
The Paperboy 2012 Himself (uncredited)
American Masters 1997-2012 TV Series documentary Himself / Aunt Blabby / Carnac the Magnificent / ...
The 2012 Comedy Awards 2012 TV Special Himself
60 Minutes 2003-2012 TV Series documentary Himself / Himself (segment "The Entertainers") / Himself - Television Host
Lucy Moves to NBC: A Remembrance 2012 Video documentary short On set footage / Outtakes & clips from 'Lucy Moves to NBC'
Excavating the 2000 Year Old Man 2012 Documentary short Himself
Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl 2012 TV Special Himself
Jeff Dunham: Birth of a Dummy 2011 TV Special Himself
Paul Williams Still Alive 2011 Documentary Himself
Family Band: The Cowsills Story 2011 Documentary Himself
Renée 2011 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
The 2011 Comedy Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
30 for 30 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2010 TV Series Himself
The Battle for Late Night 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work 2010 Documentary Himself
The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards 2009 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
Muppets 201: Rarities from the Henson Vault 2009 Documentary Himself
The Tragic Side of Comedy 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien 2009 TV Series Himself
Unsung 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Religulous 2008 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Run for Your Life 2008/I Documentary Himself
The 80th Annual Academy Awards 2008 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project 2007 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Jimmy Carter Man from Plains 2007 Documentary Himself
Hair, Let the Sun Shine In 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Brando 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Making of 'The Larry Sanders Show' 2007 Video documentary Himself
Talk to Me 2007 Himself (uncredited)
Legends: Rodney Dangerfield 2006 TV Movie Himself (uncredited)
E! True Hollywood Story 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
CMT Greatest Moments: Dolly Parton 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 TV Special Himself - Special Memorial Tribute
The Last Mogul 2005 TV Special documentary Himself
The 77th Annual Academy Awards 2005 TV Special Himself - Special Memorial Tribute
Stan Kann: The Happiest Man in the World 2005 Documentary Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 2005 TV Series Himself
Dateline NBC 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Inside Deep Throat 2005 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
How It Began 2004 Video documentary Himself
Retrosexual: The 80's 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2004 TV Mini-Series Himself
When Stand-Up Comics Ruled the World 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Live and Swingin': The Ultimate Rat Pack Collection 2003 Video documentary Himself
Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photography of Milt Hinton 2003 Documentary Himself
World of Comedy 2002 Video Himself
Wild Desk Ride 2001 Video Himself
50 Years of NBC Late Night 2001 TV Special documentary Himself
Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Isn't She Great 2000 Himself (uncredited)
Behind the Music 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
Television: The First Fifty Years 1999 Video documentary Himself
The Best of the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself - Roastee
The Newton Boys 1998 Himself (uncredited)
Biography 1996-1998 TV Series documentary Himself
George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy 1997 TV Movie Himself (uncredited)
Bob Hope: Laughing with the Presidents 1996 TV Special documentary Himself
Great Performances 1994 TV Series Himself
Laugh-In Past Christmas Present 1993 TV Special Himself
Nova 1993 TV Series documentary Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1993 TV Series Himself
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: 25th Anniversary Reunion 1993 TV Movie Himself
Oscar's Greatest Moments 1992 Video documentary Himself
60 Minutes: The Entertainers 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
Pink Cadillac 1989 Himself (uncredited)
The Moon Above, the Earth Below 1989 TV Movie documentary Himself -Apollo 11 Launch Spectator
KTLA at 40: A Celebration of Los Angeles Television 1986 TV Movie Himself
Muppet Babies 1985 TV Series Himself
Bob Hope's Unrehearsed Antics of the Stars 1984 Documentary Himself
Carson's Comedy Classics 1983 TV Series Himself / Various
The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1979 TV Special Himself
Best of the Dean Martin Show 1979 TV Movie Himself
Bob Hope's World of Comedy 1976 TV Movie Himself
Texaco Presents: A Quarter Century of Bob Hope on Television 1975 TV Special Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1972 TV Series Himself
Goodbye, Columbus 1969 Himself (uncredited)
The Ed Sullivan Show 1966 TV Series Himself - Comedian
Extra 2014-2016 TV Series Himself
The Eighties 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Conspiracy Theorists Lie 2015 Documentary Himself
The Seventies 2015 TV Series documentary Himself - The Tonight Show
The O'Reilly Factor 2008-2015 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2005-2015 TV Series Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005 Classic Contribution Award BMI Film & TV Awards The Tonight Show (1962) · Paul Anka
· Kevin Eubanks
1992 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program (Series) The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) · Frederick De Cordova (executive producer)
· Peter Lassally (executive producer)
· Jeff Sotzing (producer)
· Jim McCawley (co-producer)
1992 Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy American Comedy Awards, USA
1992 Career Achievement Award Television Critics Association Awards
1987 American Comedy Award American Comedy Awards, USA Funniest Male Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) Network, Cable or Syndication The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)
1987 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Talk Show Host
1986 Personal Award Peabody Awards
1980 Governor's Award Primetime Emmy Awards
1979 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Program Achievement - Special Class The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) · Frederick De Cordova (producer)
1978 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Special Classification of Outstanding Program Achievement The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) · Frederick De Cordova (producer)
1977 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Special Classification of Outstanding Program Achievement The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) · Frederick De Cordova (producer)
1977 Man of the Year Hasty Pudding Theatricals, USA
1976 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Special Classification of Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) · Frederick De Cordova (producer)
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television On 8 February 1960. At 1751 Vine Street.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1991 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) · Frederick De Cordova (executive producer)
· Peter Lassally (executive producer)
· Jeff Sotzing (producer)
· Jim McCawley (co-producer)
1987 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) · Frederick De Cordova (executive producer)
· Peter Lassally (producer)
1986 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) · Frederick De Cordova (executive producer)
· Peter Lassally (producer)
1985 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) · Frederick De Cordova (executive producer)
· Peter Lassally (producer)
1984 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) · Frederick De Cordova (executive producer)
· Peter Lassally (producer)
1983 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) · Frederick De Cordova (producer)
· Peter Lassally (co-producer)
1981 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) · Frederick De Cordova (producer)
· Peter Lassally (co-producer)
1980 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Program Achievement - Special Class The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) · Frederick De Cordova (executive producer)
· Peter Lassally (producer)
1976 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)
1974 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Music-Variety Series The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) · Frederick De Cordova (producer)
1972 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety Series - Talk The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) · Frederick De Cordova (producer)
1971 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety Series - Talk The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) · Rudy Tellez (producer)
· Frederick De Cordova (producer)
1965 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment - Actors and Performers The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)


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#Fact
1 His mother was of Irish descent.
2 Like fellow talk show host David Letterman, Carson was known to be a very private and intensely shy person.
3 His brother Dick Carson was the one time producer/director of The Merv Griffin Show (1962) in the 1970s. Dick Carson was also director of over 3200 episodes of the network and syndicated versions of "Wheel of Fortune".
4 Interviewed in "The Great Comedians Talk About Comedy" by Larry Wilde. [1968]
5 Former stepfather of Joe Holland.
6 Inducted into the Nebraska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 1987.
7 Mill Creek Entertainment has issued a four-DVD boxed set called "Johnny Carson: Late Night Legend", consisting of more than 23 hours of shows culled from his late-night talk show, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962).
8 Uncle of Jeff Sotzing.
9 According to the PBS series American Masters (1985), Carson was seen by more people on more occasions than anyone else in American history.
10 While in the US Navy during World War II (1943-1945), he was an undefeated amateur boxer, posting a record of 10 wins. Most of his boxing matches were held on the USS Pennylvania, the ship on which he served.
11 Was considered for the role of Cookie in the Elvis Presley picture G.I. Blues (1960), according to the Hal B. Wallis papers at AMPAS Library.
12 Taught himself how to speak Swahili before going on trips to Africa during his retirement.
13 While serving in the Navy during WWII, Carson filled in for an absent Rita Hayworth during a USO performance by Orson Welles's 'Mercury Theater Wonder Show' in which he had to be sawed in half by Welles.
14 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 65-68. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
15 He was a fan of Elvis Presley.
16 He made one foray into movies - he played himself in the 1964 Connie Francis movie, Looking for Love (1964). The MGM flick didn't do that well, and Carson was never seen in movies again - except for those contemporary films where The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) is playing on a TV set in the scene.
17 Bob Hope, commenting on Carson's retirement, said it was like "a head falling off Mt. Rushmore. He's had a profound impact on millions of lives. He changed people's sleeping habits, sex habits and their midnight eating habits."
18 "'I'll be right back.'" Carson, when asked what he'd like for an epitaph at a press conference after he'd accepted Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Club Man of the Year Award, 1977.
19 In 1949 received a Bachelor of Arts degree in radio and speech (with a minor in physics) from The University of Nebraska.
20 Had once been considered for the part of "Rob Petrie" on what subsequently became The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961).
21 Won Kennedy Center Honors in 1993.
22 In addition to his walk-on appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman (1993) stage, he also appeared on another episode in a filmed segment where Letterman has car problems while visiting Hollywood and Carson drives past, shaking his head in disapproval.
23 In January 2005, one-time Late Show with David Letterman (1993) producer Peter Lassally revealed that Carson occasionally contributed material for Letterman's monologues. What he missed most in retirement was performing his own "Tonight Show" monologues, according to Lassally.
24 When Carson announced his impending retirement, there was fierce competition between David Letterman and Jay Leno to be Carson's "Tonight Show" successor. Leno eventually won the coveted spot, and an angry Letterman moved over to rival network CBS to host a competing show. Many, including Leno, took Carson's walk-on appearance on Late Show with David Letterman (1993) as a signal from Carson that he preferred Letterman to Leno. (Carson has never appeared on Leno's show to congratulate his "Tonight Show" successor).
25 Was a member of the exclusive Hollywood Gourmet Poker Club with fellow card players Chevy Chase, Martin Short, Steve Martin, Carl Reiner, Barry Diller and Neil Simon.
26 Celebrated New Year's Eve once in his teens by shooting off his father's rifle at midnight, accidentally taking out the family water heater.
27 During one live dog-food commercial on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962), when a stunt dog failed to appear on cue, Johnny came out on all fours, panting and licking announcer Ed McMahon's hand, to keep the commercial going.
28 Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 95-97. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
29 Co-wrote "Johnny's Theme" with Paul Anka when he signed on in 1962 as the new host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962).
30 His very first guest on The Tonight Show was Groucho Marx, who introduced Carson. Reacting to the ensuing applause, Carson said, "Boy, you would think it was Vice President [Lyndon Johnson]". Johnny's last guest was Bette Midler, who sang him out.
31 After a protracted divorce from his second wife, Joanne Carson, she got nearly half a million dollars in cash and art and $75,000 a year in alimony for life.
32 Although he announced on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Episode dated 22 May 1992 (1992) (his final episode) that he hoped to return soon with a new project, he chose to fully retire from the public eye instead and declined invitations to appear on talk shows and NBC anniversary specials. He did made a few exceptions over the years: He provided a guest voice for The Simpsons: Krusty Gets Kancelled (1993), and he brought the house down with a brief, surprise appearance on Late Show with David Letterman (1993) to congratulate Letterman on his new show.
33 Member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.
34 Brother of Dick Carson, and Catherine Carson.
35 On March 8, 1983, Joanna Holland filed for divorce. Under California's community property laws, she was entitled to 50% of all the assets accumulated during the marriage, even though Carson earned virtually all of the couple's income. During this period, he joked on The Tonight Show: "My producer (Frederick De Cordova) really gave me something I needed for Christmas. He gave me a gift certificate to the Law Offices of Jacoby and Meyers". The divorce was settled in 1985 with a whopping 80-page settlement, Holland receiving $20 million in cash and property.
36 Son of Homer Carson, who was manager of the Iowa-Nebraska Light & Power Company, and homemaker Ruth Carson.
37 Son Richard Wolcott Carson was killed on June 21, 1991 after his car plunged down a steep embankment along a coastal road. The accident apparently occurred while he was taking pictures along a paved service road off Highway 1 near Cayucos, north of San Luis Obispo (CA). Johnny Carson had two other sons: Christopher, named after his paternal grandfather, and Cory Carson.
38 The story goes he met his last wife, Alexis Mass, when he saw her strolling along the beach near his Malibu home holding an empty wine glass. He left his house and offered to fill the glass up for her.
39 Served on the USS Pennsylvania.
40 In April 1967 he walked off The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) convinced that NBC had violated his contract by showing reruns during an AFTRA strike. He refused to go back to work when the strike ended and won a new contract that reportedly guaranteed him an income in excess of $4 million for the following three years.
41 First wife, Joan "Jody" Morrill Wolcott, was his college sweetheart. They divorced and later, in 1990, she lost a suit trying to increase the alimony that she was receiving.
42 Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992.
43 At the tenth anniversary party for The Tonight Show, he announced that he and former model Joanna Holland had married that afternoon, shocking friends and associates. [September 30, 1972].
44 One of his early jobs was as a ventriloquist.
45 Once appeared on New American Bandstand 1965 (1952) and stood in for a drummer.
46 Had a lifelong interest in magic, and sent away for a mail-order magic kit when he was 12. Soon he started performing for bridge clubs and church socials as a 14-year-old magician/comic, under the name "The Great Carsoni." Plied his magic tricks in early performing days of the 1950s in places like the Seven Seas lounge in Omaha, Nebraska.
47 When he retired in 1992, he held the record for hosting the same network series for the longest time: 29 years, 7 months, 21 days. The record was broken by Bob Barker on The Price Is Right (1972) in 2002.
48 Served in the U.S. Navy, 1943-1946.
49 Was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1987.
50 Lived in Norfolk, Nebraska from age 8 until he was inducted into the US Navy in 1943. Carson made monetary donations totaling nearly $5 million to causes and organizations there, including the Carson Regional Cancer Center (named after his parents), the high school's Johnny Carson Theater, the Norfolk Public Library, the Norfolk Arts Center, the Elkhorn Valley Museum and Research Center, and the Lifelong Learning Center at Northeast Community College. He last visited Norfolk in 1997 when he attended his former penmanship teacher Fay Gordon's 100th birthday party.
51 (March 19, 1999) Underwent emergency quadruple bypass surgery at Santa Monica Hospital (CA) after suffering a severe heart attack.

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1 [on his first night hosting The Tonight Show] I have only one feeling as I stand here knowing that so many people are watching - I want my na-na!
2 [to Frank Sinatra] When you're in a romantic mood, whose records do you put on?
3 [during his monologue] My name is Johnny Carson, I've devoted a lifetime to comedy, and the next 90 minutes are going to seem like a lifetime to you.
4 [asked about his goal in life] To be a good person, a worthy citizen, and to rip NBC off for everything they've got.
5 [asked why he didn't keep the controversial edge that his predecessor Jack Paar has brought to The Tonight Show] I think that shows that have gone in just for controversy, to bring on two people of opposing view is very easy night after night. It's easier to that kind of show then it is to get laughs.
6 You don't have long to get used to Benny Hill. You can laugh right away. He's a funny guy.
7 We played in England for a while and we were not, as you say, a big smash. It's a pretty Americanised show and I think one of the problems was that here we're on every night, night after night, and I think the show played in London at different times late at night and only once a week, and I don't think that people got the chance to really get into the rhythm.
8 [to Miss Piggy who had asked him, 'Can you stand there in your rented tuxedo and honestly say that I am not Oscar material?'] Oscar Meyer, maybe.
9 [on returning to NBC] That ain't gonna happen. That ain't gonna happen. Uh-uh. I know NBC means well. But I am retired. I ain't going back on television. I made that decision a long time ago and it's served me well.
10 I think I left at the right time. You've got to know when to get the hell off the stage, and the timing was right for me. The reason I really don't go back or do interviews is because I just let the work speak for itself.
11 I still, believe it or not, have dreams in which I am late for The Tonight Show It's a performer's nightmare, apparently. I've checked with other people, and it occurs to them frequently. And it's frightening. Because I'm not prepared. It's show time and I'm going on-and I've got nothing to say! Jesus! I wake up in a sweat.
12 We have certain high standards on this show and some day we hope to live up to them.
13 I've seen Don [Don Rickles] entertain 50 times and I've always enjoyed his joke.
14 Egyptian President Sadat [Anwar Sadat] had a belly dancer entertain President Nixon [Richard Nixon] at a state dinner. Mr. Nixon was really impressed. He hadn't seen contortions like that since Rose Mary Woods.
15 [on Ronald Reagan] The President has asked for severe cuts in aid to the arts and humanities. It's Reagan's strongest attack on the arts since he signed with Warner Brothers.
16 I now believe in reincarnation. Tonight's monologue is going to come back as a dog.
17 If variety is the spice of life, marriage is the big can of leftover Spam.
18 [July 1991] In Los Angeles, the big story is that Police Chief Daryl Gates announced his retirement. It'll be sometime next year. Why can't a guy just retire without making a big deal of it?
19 [May 1991] I can empathize with President [George Bush]. I know what it feels like having a young guy waiting around for you to keel over.
20 [on the secrecy behind his nightly monologue] It's always been a ritual with me. I don't show it to Freddie [executive producer Frederick De Cordova] or Ed [sidekick Ed McMahon] or anybody. If you don't show it to anybody, then you get fresh reactions.
21 [To frequent guest Joan Embery, of The San Diego Zoo, after the marmoset she had brought had climbed on Carson's head and urinated] I'm glad you didn't bring a baby elephant.
22 [December 1967 interview by 'Alex Haley (I)' in "Playboy" magazine, on speculation that he was anti-social] I couldn't care less what anybody says about me. I live my life, especially my personal life, strictly for myself. I feel that is my right, and anybody who disagrees with that, that's his business. Whatever you do, you're going to be criticized. I feel the one sensible thing you can do is try to live in a way that pleases you. If you don't hurt anybody else, what you do is your own business.
23 [on his public persona] I'm basically not a public person. It's like [Jackie Gleason] said, "If you go out all the time to restaurants and so on, people say, 'Oh, he's everywhere', and if you stay home and eat dinner, they say, 'Oh, he's a recluse'."
24 [on why The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) avoided controversial topics] I think it would be a fatal mistake to use my show as a platform for controversial issues. I'm an entertainer, not a commentator. If you're a comedian your job is to make people laugh.
25 [on the spontaneous nature of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)] I never analyze it. Analyzing it would just be a waste of time. I just go out and do it. Like George Burns said, "If it gets a laugh, it's funny."
26 I wanted the show to make the most of being the last area of television that the medium originally was supposed to be - live, immediate entertainment. I decided the best thing I could do was forget trying to do a lot of pre-planning. It all boiled down to just going out there and being my natural self and seeing what would happen.
27 I'm often asked, "What is your favorite moment during the 30 years you hosted ["The Tonight Show"]?" I really don't have just one. The times I enjoyed the most were the spontaneous, unplanned segments that just happened, like Ed Ames' infamous "Tomahawk Toss" that produced one of the longest laughs in television history. When these lucky moments happen, you just go with them and enjoy the experience and high of the moment.
28 [1993, interview in "The Washington Post"] I have an ego like anybody else, but I don't need to be stoked by going before the public all the time.
29 [on late-night television programs] We're more effective than birth control pills.
30 [December 1967, interview in "Playboy" magazine] Find me any performer anywhere who isn't egocentric. You'd better believe you're good, or you've got no business being out there.
31 [December 1967, interview in "Playboy" magazine] It's silly to have as one's sole object in life just making money, accumulating wealth. I work because I enjoy what I'm doing, and the fact that I make money at it-- big money--is a fine-and-dandy side fact. Money gives me just one big thing that's really important, and that's the freedom of not having to worry about money. I'm concerned about values--moral, ethical, human values--my own, other people's, the country's, the world's values. Having money now gives me the freedom to worry about the things that really matter.
32 Happiness is your dentist telling you it won't hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill.
33 The Hollywood tradition I like best is called sucking up to the stars.
34 New York is an exciting town where something is happening all the time, most of it unsolved.
35 Happiness is seeing the muscular lifeguard all the girls were admiring leave the beach hand in hand with another muscular lifeguard.
36 If it weren't for Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of the television, we'd still be eating frozen radio dinners.
37 People will pay more to be entertained than educated.
38 If life was fair, Elvis [Elvis Presley] would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead.
39 Married men live longer than single men. But married men are a lot more willing to die.

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1 Jokes about his alimony payments
2 Golf swing at the end of his The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) monologues
3 His unmistakable laugh
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