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John William Carson
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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
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:
Catherine Carson - Sister
Cory Carson - Son
Joanna Holland Carson - Ex-wife
Joanne Copeland Carson - Ex-wife
Richard Wolcott Carson - Son
Ruth Hook Carson - Mother
Christopher Carson - Son
Homer Carson - Father
Dick Carson - Brother
Joan Wolcott Carson - Ex-wife
Alexis Maas Carson - Wife
Johnny Carson Awards:
1971 Emmy: Outstanding Variety Series - Talk - Nominee
1980 Emmy: Outstanding Program Achievement - Special Class - Nominee
1985 Peabody: Personal Award - Winner
1987 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
1965 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment - Nominee
1987 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Talk Show Host - Winner
1992 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program (series) - Winner
1974 Emmy: Outstanding Music-Variety Series - Nominee
1991 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
1981 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
1972 Emmy: Outstanding Variety Series - Talk - Nominee
1977 Emmy: Special Classification of Outstanding Program Achievement - Winner
1985 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
1979 Emmy: Outstanding Program Achievement - Special Class - Winner
1978 Emmy: Special Classification of Outstanding Program Achievement - Winner
1986 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
1984 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
1983 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
1976 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE (BA, 1949)
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