Late-night legend Jack Paar host of NBC's The Tonight Show from 1957 until 1962 has died at 85 after a long illness. Johnny Carson, who inherited the Tonight reins from Parr, said he was "very saddened to hear of [Parr's] passing. He was a unique personality who brought a new dimension to late-night television." Indeed, Parr whose guests included everyone from JFK to Judy Garland was dubbed "one of America's most popular indoor pastimes" just weeks after his debut.
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