Late-night legend Jack Paar host of NBC's The Tonight Show from 1957 until 1962 has died at 85 from 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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