Johnny Carson

Celebrity

Biography

  • 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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Johnny Carson Fast Facts:
  • Wrote a humor column for his high-school newspaper.
  • While still in college, made his radio debut on a Nebraska station, creating a Western comedy show.
  • Senior thesis at the University of Nebraska was titled "How to Write Comedy Jokes."
  • Made his TV acting debut on a 1957 Playhouse 90 adaptation of the stage farce Three Men and a Horse. The cast also included Jack Carson and Carol Channing.
  • Hosted the Academy Awards five times (1979, '80, '81, '82 and '84).
  • Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1992) and a Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Award (1993). Was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1987.
  • Is the celebrity with the second most TV GUIDE cover appearances, with 29 (Lucille Ball is first, with 34).
  • Johnny Carson Relationships:
  • Cory Carson - Son
  • Joanna Holland Carson - Ex-wife
  • Joanne Copeland Carson - Ex-wife
  • Richard Wolcott Carson - Son
  • Christopher Carson - Son
  • Catherine Carson - Sister
  • Homer Carson - Father
  • Dick Carson - Brother
  • Joan Wolcott Carson - Ex-wife
  • Alexis Maas Carson - Wife
  • Ruth Hook Carson - Mother
  • Johnny Carson Awards:
  • 1987 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Talk Show Host - Winner
  • 1980 Emmy: Outstanding Program Achievement - Special Class - Nominee
  • 1981 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
  • 1985 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
  • 1979 Emmy: Outstanding Program Achievement - Special Class - Winner
  • 1987 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
  • 1992 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program (series) - Winner
  • 1991 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
  • 1978 Emmy: Special Classification of Outstanding Program Achievement - Winner
  • 1986 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
  • 1971 Emmy: Outstanding Variety Series - Talk - Nominee
  • 1976 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1965 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment - Nominee
  • 1984 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
  • 1985 Peabody: Personal Award - Winner
  • 1972 Emmy: Outstanding Variety Series - Talk - Nominee
  • 1977 Emmy: Special Classification of Outstanding Program Achievement - Winner
  • 1974 Emmy: Outstanding Music-Variety Series - Nominee
  • 1983 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
  • College:
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE (BA, 1949)

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