Johnny Carson

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  • Birth Name: John William Carson
  • Birth Place: Corning, IA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 10/23/1925, Libra
  • Date of Death: 01/23/2005
  • Profession: TV host; comedian
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Wednesday TV: Don Rickles Tribute, NBC's Snowden Scoop

Insults never sounded sweeter than when Don Rickles was hurling hilarious barbs at his targets, whether innocent ringside onlookers or the rich and famous on a celebrity roast dais. At 88, though stooped and using a cane, he still gives as good as he gets, a fact brought home with delightful wit and genuine lump-in-the-throat sentiment in Spike TV's One Night Only: An All-Star Tribute to Don Rickles (Wednesday, 9/8c).

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Emmy Watch: How the Late Night Upheaval Could Shake Up the Variety Series Competition

When Johnny Carson signed off from The Tonight Show in 1992, his reign as the King of Late Night was celebrated with an Emmy win for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series. Granted, the competition that year was sparse: Fox's sketch-comedy show In Living Color and NBC's Late Night with David Letterman were the only others nominated.

This year, as newly retired Tonight Show host Jay Leno attempts to secure one final nomination in the category now known as...read more

Ratings: Jimmy Fallon Scores Second-Biggest Tonight Show Audience in Five Years

Jimmy Fallon's first The Tonight Show drew the franchise's second-largest audience in five years.

Fallon's midnight debut earned 11.3 million ...
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Videos

The Great Buck Howard
Llyn Foulkes One Man Band
Barbara Walters Could Have Been Mrs. Clint Eastwood
Bill Cosby Accepts the Johnny Carson Award

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Who Do You Trust?
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Nightmare Planet / Valley of the Giants / Space Armada
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The Final Show

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Credits

Year Title Description
2013 Carson on TCM TV Show Series, Host
2010 The Rat Pack TV Show Series, Host
2006 Johnny Mathis TV Show Series, Appearing
1999 Get Bruce! Movie, Actor
1966 Space Ghost and Dino Boy TV Show Series, Voice - Dino Boy

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News

Jimmy Fallon Brings Tonight Show Back to New York with Star-Studded Debut

Jimmy Fallon ushered in a new era of The Tonight Show, and welcomed the show back to New York for the first time in more than four decades on Monday. Although the former Late Night host was broadcasting from the same studio, with the same band and the same announcer, the historical impact of The Tonight Show's return to the Big Apple was... read more

Jimmy Fallon on Taking Over Tonight Show: "I'm Freaking Out Right Now"

Jimmy Fallon spent his President's Day a bundle of nerves.

"I'm freaking out right now," Fallon told Ryan Seacrest on Seacrest's radio show Monday afternoon, hours before he's set to make his debut as host of The Tonight Show. "It's so exciting. It's crazy."

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Exclusive: Watch an All-New Promo for Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show

Is hosting The Tonight Show Jimmy Fallon's dream job? He wouldn't exactly call it that.

"A lot of people say, 'Is it your dream job?' It's impossible for me to dream this," he says in our exclusive first look promo below. "More people have walked ...
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Jay Leno's Exit Interview: "I Don't Want to Do Another Tonight Show"

Jay Leno isn't going away — but despite all the speculation about where he might land after The Tonight Show with Jay Leno ends on Feb. 6, the host is still keeping us guessing.

"You can't really do something like this again," says Leno, who spent most of his 21 years on The Tonight Show as TV's most-watched late-night star. "Because if you're not No. 1, you'll get 'Oh, Jay sucks, he's not No. 1.' And once you do this, you don't really want to do The Tonight Show Lite."

With two weeks left before his final show, Leno sat down with TV Guide Magazine for an exit interview of sorts. Of course, he made a similar round of chats in 2009, when he left the show the first time. ("I'll see you when I get fired from my next job," he quips.)

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7 Things to Expect From Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show

Jimmy Fallon's first Tonight Show guests will be Will Smith and U2, he announced Sunday at NBC's Television Critics Association winter previews.

U2's appearance ...
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