Johnny Carson

Johnny Carson

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1925-10-23 · Deathday: 2005-01-23 (79 years old) · Gender: Male

43 Movies · 24 TV shows

Biography

John William Carson (October 23, 1925 – January 23, 2005) was an American television host, comedian, writer, and producer. He is best known as the host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962–1992). Carson received six Emmy Awards, the Television Academy's 1980 Governor's Award, and a 1985 Peabody Award. He was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1987. Carson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992 and received a Kennedy Center Honor in 1993.During World War II, Carson served in the Navy. After the war, Carson started a career in radio. He moved from radio to TV and followed Jack Paar as the host of the late night talk show, Tonight. Although his show was already successful by the end of the 1960s, during the 1970s, Carson became an American icon and remained so even after his retirement in 1992. He adopted a casual, conversational approach with extensive interaction with guests, an approach pioneered by Arthur Godfrey and previous Tonight Show hosts Steve Allen and Jack Paar. Former late-night host and friend David Letterman has cited Carson's influence.

Personal Life

Despite his on-camera demeanor, Carson was introverted and shy off-camera. He was known for avoiding most large parties and was referred to as "the most private public man who ever lived." Dick Cavett recalled, "I felt sorry for Johnny in that he was so socially uncomfortable. I've hardly ever met anybody who had as hard a time as he did." In addition, George Axelrod once said of Carson, "Socially, he doesn't exist. The reason is that there are no television cameras in living rooms. If human beings had little red lights in the middle of their foreheads, Carson would be the greatest conversationalist on Earth.".His lavish Malibu beachfront residence, valued at $81 million in 2017, contained only one bedroom. Friends and family members staying over would sleep in the guest house across the street.He normally refused to discuss politics, social controversies, his childhood, or his private life with interviewers, and offered the following list of written answers to journalists who wanted to ask him questions:Yes, I did.No, I didn't.Not a bit of truth in that rumor.Only twice in my life, both times on Saturday.I can do either, but I prefer the first.No. Kumquats.I can't answer that question.Toads and tarantulas.Turkestan, Denmark, Chile, and the Komandorski Islands.As often as possible, but I'm not very good at it yet. I need much more practice.It happened to some old friends of mine, and it's a story I'll never forget.

Early Life

John William Carson was born on October 23, 1925, in Corning, Iowa, to Ruth Elizabeth (Hook) Carson (1901–1985) and Homer Lloyd "Kit" Carson (1899–1983), a power company manager. He grew up in the nearby towns of Avoca, Clarinda, Shenandoah, Red Oak in southwest Iowa before moving to Norfolk, Nebraska, at the age of eight. There, Carson grew up and began developing his talent for entertaining. At the age of 12, Carson found a book on magic at a friend's house and immediately purchased a mail-order magician's kit. After the purchase of the kit, Carson practiced his entertainment skills on family members with card tricks. He was known for following his family members around saying, "Pick a card, any card." Carson's mother sewed him a cape, and his first performance was staged in front of the local Kiwanis Club. He debuted as "The Great Carsoni" at age 14 and was paid $3 a show. Soon, many other performances at local picnics and county fairs followed. After graduating from high school, Carson had his first encounter with Hollywood. He hitchhiked to Hollywood, where he was arrested and fined $50 for impersonating a midshipman, a story often regarded as apocryphal.

Movies & TV shows

2020.

2 Movies
The Great Toilet Paper Scare

The Great Toilet Paper Scare

2020
The untold story of a notorious incident involving Johnny Carson, a lot of toilet paper, and millions of fearful Americans. In 1973, as a dire oil crisis plagued the country, Carson made a joke on "Th...
My Darling Vivian

My Darling Vivian

2020
The story of Vivian Liberto, Johnny Cash's first wife and the mother of his four daughters. Includes never-before-seen footage and photographs of Johnny Cash and Rosanne Cash, as well as footage featu...

2019.

3 Movies
Jeff Dunham - Talking Heads

Jeff Dunham - Talking Heads

2019
Jeff is a ventriloquist who started in the world of ventriloquism.
Mike Wallace Is Here

Mike Wallace Is Here

2019
60 Minutes' fearsome newsman, Mike Wallace, went head-to-head with the world's most influential figures for over half a century. The film uses archival footage to investigate Wallace's storied career ...
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

4
2019
Linda Ronstadt burst onto the folk rock scene in her early twenties with one of the most stunning voices that has ever hit the air.

2018.

2 Movies
The Front Runner

The Front Runner

6
2018
In 1987 Gary Hart becomes the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. Hart is popular with young voters because of his intelligence, charisma and idealism, and he has a clear path to ...
Game Changers

Game Changers

2018
Alex Trebek hosts a documentary about television game shows featuring interviews with a number of game show hosts and producers.

2017.

3 Movies
This Is Bob Hope...

This Is Bob Hope...

2017
Bob Hope achieved top-rated success in every form of mass entertainment. Through his personal archives and clips from his classic films, American Masters explores the entertainer's life.
Whitney: Can I Be Me

Whitney: Can I Be Me

2017
Whitney Houston's death was tragic.
Jerry Before Seinfeld

Jerry Before Seinfeld

6
2017
Jerry Seinfeld is coming back to the club that gave him his start in comedy, with stories from his childhood and early days of comedy.

2016.

1 Movie
Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl

Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl

2016
The country legend's road to fame was a long one. After more than 50 years, Loretta Lynn is still going strong despite her struggles to balance family and her music career. Lynn's first new studio alb...

2014.

3 Movies
And the Oscar Goes To...

And the Oscar Goes To...

2014
The Oscar goes to the story of the gold- plated statuette that became the film industry's most coveted prize. The Academy's history began in 1927 with the birth of Louis B. The head of MGM formed a pr...
The Battered Bastards of Baseball

The Battered Bastards of Baseball

10
2014
The creation of the only independent baseball team in the country caused the rise of the Portland Mavericks.
Life Itself

Life Itself

1
2014
The life of Roger Ebert is recounted. His life-changing marriage, his battle with cancer, and his early days as a freewheeling bachelor are chronicled in the film.

2013.

3 Movies
Llyn Foulkes One Man Band

Llyn Foulkes One Man Band

2013
The documentary follows painter and musician Lyn Foulkes from age 70 to 77 as he labors to complete two astonishing tableaux that demonstrate his outsider's perspective and eye for evocative imagery. ...
Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story

Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story

2013
A look at the life and work of Canadian comedy icon David Steinberg.
Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic

Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic

2013
Mike Epps, Richard Pryor Jr. and others recount the culture-defining influence of Richard Pryor - one of America's most brilliant, iconic comic minds.

2012.

1 Movie
Johnny Carson: King of Late Night

Johnny Carson: King of Late Night

2012
A chronological look at the life and career of Johnny Carson, with commentary from an ex-wife and more than 30 fellow comedians, friends, employees, and biographers. According to the biography, Carson...

2011.

1 Movie
Paul Williams Still Alive

Paul Williams Still Alive

2011
Filmmaker and longtime fan Stephen Kessler's portrait of the award-winning 1970s singer-songwriter-actor, who disappeared for much of the 1980s and '90s, but still performs today.

2008.

1 Movie
Johnny Carson Celebrates Christmas

Johnny Carson Celebrates Christmas

2008
For the first time ever, this release brings together the magic of the holiday season with three classic shows from The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson.

2007.

2 Movies
Jimmy Carter Man from Plains

Jimmy Carter Man from Plains

6
2007
The chronicle is about the former president's tour.
The Best of The Tonight Show: Stand - Up Comedians

The Best of The Tonight Show: Stand - Up Comedians

2007
The funniest comedians ever to visit the Tonight Show including Jerry Seinfield, George Carlin, Drew Carey, Rodney Dangerfield, Garry Shandling and many more. 20 performances in all.

2006.

1 Movie
Carson Country

Carson Country

2006
It's an all star, all American country line-up! We've opened the vaults and re-discovered treasured memories with Johnny's favorite country stars! Includes musical performances from The Judds, Dwight...

2003.

1 Movie
Live and Swingin': The Ultimate Rat Pack Collection

Live and Swingin': The Ultimate Rat Pack Collection

2003
The various members of the Rat Pack performed a collection of songs at the "Frank Sinatra Spectacular".

2001.

2 Movies
The Best of Bob Hope: 50 years of Laughter Volume 2

The Best of Bob Hope: 50 years of Laughter Volume 2

2001
This Bob Hope Special called “Highlights of a Quarter Century” begins his 26th year with NBC in 1975 (he began with NBC radio in 1937) celebrating 25 years of Bob Hope Specials and the many celebritie...
The Best of Bob Hope: 50 years of Laughter Volume 1

The Best of Bob Hope: 50 years of Laughter Volume 1

2001
This Bob Hope Special called “Highlights of a Quarter Century” begins his 26th year with NBC in 1975 (he began with NBC radio in 1937) celebrating 25 years of Bob Hope Specials and the many celebritie...

1998.

1 Movie
The Best of the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts

The Best of the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts

1998
Dean Martin hosts a video series that highlights memorable moments. "Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts" were a series of specials in the 1970s and 1980s that roasted famous people, such as Muhammad Ali and...

1996.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
E! True Hollywood Story

E! True Hollywood Story

1996
Hollywood celebrities, movies, TV shows, and well-known public figures are the subjects of a documentary series on E! salacious re-tellings of Hollywood secrets, show-biz scandals, celebrity murders a...
Bob Hope: Laughing With the Presidents

Bob Hope: Laughing With the Presidents

1996
Bob Hope was a frequent guest at the White House. There are personal recollections about Bob from the Clintons, the Bushs, the Fords, and David and Julie Eisenhower. Bob Hope's final television specia...

1994.

3 Movies
The World of Jim Henson

The World of Jim Henson

1994
Jim Henson is the subject of this episode of Great Performances.
Johnny Carson - His Favorite Moments from 'The Tonight Show' - '70s & '80s: The Master of Laughs!

Johnny Carson - His Favorite Moments from 'The Tonight Show' - '70s & '80s: The Master of Laughs!

1994
Johnny's favorite moments of The Tonight Show, Volume 3: the 70s and 80s.

1992.

2 Movies
Jack Benny: Comedy in Bloom

Jack Benny: Comedy in Bloom

1992
Co-stars and celebrity admirers go through his career.
A Tribute to the Boys: Laurel and Hardy

A Tribute to the Boys: Laurel and Hardy

1992
comedians talk about their work There is archival footage of comedians. Dom DeLuise is the host.

1989.

1 TV show
TV
The Simpsons

The Simpsons

6.24
1989
Set in Springfield, the average American town, the show focuses on the antics and everyday adventures of the Simpson family, as well as a virtual cast of thousands. Hundreds of celebrities have guest ...

1988.

1 Movie
James Stewart's Wonderful Life

James Stewart's Wonderful Life

1988
Documentary about James Stewart's long career as an actor and positive personal life.

1987.

1 TV show
TV
Mr. President

Mr. President

1987
Mr. George C is in a United States television series. Scott was released on May 3, 1987. It was part of the premiere season of prime time entertainment. There is a show with children and a show with T...

1983.

1 Movie
Sheena Easton: Act One

Sheena Easton: Act One

1983
A variety special starring Sheena Easton.

1982.

1 TV show
TV
Newhart

Newhart

5.98
1982
Dick Loudon and his wife Joanna decide to leave life in New York City and buy a little inn in Vermont. Dick is a how-to book writer, who eventually becomes a local TV celebrity as host of "Vermont Tod...

1980.

1 Movie
Lucy Moves to NBC

Lucy Moves to NBC

1980
After being contacted by the President of NBC, Lucy Ball agreed to go back to work as a producer. She starts working on a new series with the help of her production assistant.

1978.

1 TV show
TV
The Kennedy Center Honors

The Kennedy Center Honors

1978
Those who have contributed to American culture are honored by the Kennedy Center.

1976.

1 Movie
Joys

Joys

1976
Over fifty of the greatest living comedians are invited to a party at Bob Hope's house, where they are killed and their bodies thrown in Hope's pool. Hope and the cast are trying to find out who is th...

1972.

1 Movie
Cancel My Reservation

Cancel My Reservation

1972
Bob Hope is a stressed out talk show host who is sent on a vacation to Arizona on doctor's orders and has to solve a series of murders with his wife, Eva Marie Saint, to be the prime suspect.

1971.

1 Movie
Pure Goldie

Pure Goldie

1971
A comedy/variety special hosted by Goldie Hawn featuring special guests Ruth Buzzi, Johnny Carson, Bob Dishy, and the Muppets.

1968.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows
TV
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In

5
1968
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In is an American sketch comedy television program that ran for 140 episodes from January 22, 1968, to March 12, 1973, on the NBC television network. It was hosted by comedians ...
TV
Here's Lucy

Here's Lucy

8
1968
Here's Lucy is the third network sitcom by Lucy. It ran on CBS from 1968 to 1974.
The Dean Martin Christmas Show

The Dean Martin Christmas Show

1968
Dean and Friends are having a holiday celebration.

1967.

1 TV show
TV
The Danny Thomas Hour

The Danny Thomas Hour

1967
The Danny Thomas Hour was on NBC.

1966.

2 TV shows
TV
Dino Boy in the Lost Valley

Dino Boy in the Lost Valley

1966
It stars Todd, a young boy, and his caveman friend Ugh. They adventure together through a lush South American valley filled with prehistoric friends and foes after Todd straps on a parachute and jumps...
TV
Space Ghost and Dino Boy

Space Ghost and Dino Boy

1966
Space Ghost is an animated television series. It aired on CBS from September 10, 1966 to September 7, 1968. There were two unrelated segments in the series, Space Ghost and Dino Boy in the Lost Valley...

1965.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Get Smart

Get Smart

6.3
1965
Get Smart is an American comedy television series that satirizes the secret agent genre. Created by Mel Brooks with Buck Henry, the show stars Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, and Edward Platt. Henry said t...
Frank Sinatra Spectacular

Frank Sinatra Spectacular

1965
The Rat Pack consisted of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Dean Martin. The special was broadcasted from St. The live performance was shown on a screen in a select group of theaters. The concert w...

1964.

1 Movie
Looking for Love

Looking for Love

1964
An aspiring young singer, who's so far had no luck with her show business career, suddenly gets her big break by inventing a specialized clothes rack. Comedy with music.

1962.

1 TV show
TV
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

6
1962
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson is a talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under The Tonight Show franchise from 1962 to 1992. It originally aired during late-night. For its first ten years, Cars...

1958.

2 TV shows
TV
The Dick Clark Show

The Dick Clark Show

1958
The Dick Clark Show is an American musical variety show broadcast weekly in the United States on the ABC television network 7:30-8 PM on Saturdays from February 15, 1958 through September 10, 1960, sp...
TV
Kraft Music Hall

Kraft Music Hall

1958
In the United States from the 1950s to the 1970s, several television series were aired by NBC in the musical variety genre, which was sponsored by the producers of a well-known line of cheeses and rel...

1956.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show

The Dinah Shore Chevy Show

1956
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show was broadcast on NBC from October 1956 to June 1963. The Chevrolet Motor Division sponsored the series and its theme song was " See the U.S.A". After the cancellation of the...
TV
The Steve Allen Show

The Steve Allen Show

1956
The Steve Allen Show is an American variety show hosted by Steve Allen from June 1956 to June 1960 on NBC, from September 1961 to December 1961 on ABC, and in first-run syndication from 1962 to 1964. ...
Lucy's Really Lost Moments

Lucy's Really Lost Moments

1956
The legendary Lucille Ball as you've never seen her before! Laugh along with Lucy and Desi in these extremely rare television appearances, beautifully restored! Includes a rare appearance of the I Lov...

1955.

1 TV show
TV
The Johnny Carson Show

The Johnny Carson Show

1955
While working as a staff writer on The Red Skelton Show, local Los Angeles television comedian Carson filled in as host when Skelton was injured during a show rehearsal. As a result of Carson’s perfor...

1953.

2 TV shows
TV
The United States Steel Hour

The United States Steel Hour

1953
The United States Steel Hour is an anthology series which brought hour-long dramas to television from 1953 to 1963. The television series and the radio program that preceded it were both sponsored by ...
TV
The Oscars

The Oscars

1953
The film industry is respected. The various category winners are given a copy of the Oscar statuette. The first awards were held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

1950.

2 TV shows
TV
The Jack Benny Program

The Jack Benny Program

1950
There is a television program starring Jack Benny.
TV
What's My Line?

What's My Line?

1950
Panelists must ask only "yes" or "no" questions to determine guests' occupations, and in the case of famous guests, they must be blindfolded.

1949.

1 TV show
TV
The Emmy Awards

The Emmy Awards

6.08
1949
The best in the United States are honored. There is a list of prime time television programming.

1948.

1 TV show
TV
The Ed Sullivan Show

The Ed Sullivan Show

6
1948
The Ed Sullivan Show was hosted by Ed Sullivan. TV Guide ranked The Ed Sullivan Show #15 on their list of the 50 greatest TV shows of all time.
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