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Fast Facts

  • Contracted tuberculosis when he was 14, and dropped out of school at 16.
  • Overcame a stuttering problem to become a successful radio announcer.
  • During WWII, entertained the troops overseas after being drafted.
  • Made national headlines in 1960 after he walked off The Tonight Show when NBC censored a joke about a "water closet." He returned three weeks later.
  • Had performance footage of the Beatles on his NBC variety series a month before their breakthrough appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.


  • 1959, Emmy — Best Performance by an Actor (Continuing Character) in a Musical or Variety Series: Nominee
  • 1958, Emmy — Best Continuing Performance (Male) in a Series by a Comedian, Singer, Host, Dancer, M.C., Announcer, Narrator, Panelist, or any : Nominee


  • Miriam Wagner Paar — Wife
  • Lillian Paar — Mother
  • Howard Paar — Father
  • Randy Paar — Daughter


  • Birth Name: Jack Harold Paar
  • Birth Place: Canton, OH
  • Birthday: May 1, 1918, Taurus
  • Died: January 27, 2004
  • Profession: TV host, Actor, Comedian

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