Johnny Carson Fact File Biography: Lifespan: *** Full Name: John William Carson *** Date of Birth (Birthday): He was born on October 23, 1925 *** Place of Birth: Johnny Carson was born in Iowa, United States *** Family background: His father was Homer Lloyd Carson *** Early life and childhood: Johnny Carson was raised in Iowa and Nebraska *** Education: Johnny Carson studied for his degree at University of Nebraska *** Johnny Carson died on January 23, 2005 ***
ohnny Carson Fact 1: Johnny Carson was born on October 23, 1925 in Corning, Iowa, United States.
Johnny Carson Fact 8: In 1943, Johnny Carson joined the Navy and was assigned as a communications officer on board the US Navy ship USS Pennsylvania. As one of the ship’s communications officers, he was responsible for decoding encrypted messages.
Johnny Carson Fact 9: The highlight of his navel career came after James V. Forrestal, the United States Secretary of the Navy, a man renowned for his grumpy moods, discovered that Johnny Carson wanted to become a magician and asked him to perform a trick. Johnny Carson performed a magic trick and after realizing that he’d managed to amuse James V. Forrestal, he felt that he could entertain anyone!.
Johnny Carson Fact 10: Following his stint in the US Navy, he joined the University of Nebraska. He graduated in 1949 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in radio and speech with a minor in physics.
Johnny Carson Fact 11: Johnny Carson’s television career began in 1950 when he joined WOW radio and television as a broadcaster. He was soon hosting ‘The Squirrel’s Nest’ which was a television show broadcasted in the morning.
Johnny Carson Fact 15: He refused various movies role that were offered to him during his lifetime including Blazing Saddles, The Thomas Crown Affair, and The King of Comedy.
Johnny Carson Fact 16: He was awarded a Peabody Award to commemorate his 25th anniversary of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. The Peabody Award recognizes outstanding public service by radio and television networks of the United States.
Johnny Carson Fact 17: He retired from The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson on May 22, 1992. The final guests on the talk show were Bette Midler and Robin Williams. Fans of the show were very upset to lose the presenter of thirty years and later that same year, The Tonight Show was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Late-night Series.
Johnny Carson Fact 18: He married four times during his lifetime. The names of his wives in order of marriage were Joan Wolcott, Joanne Copeland, Joanna Holland, and Alexis Maas whom he was married to from 1987 until his death in 2005. He had three children from his first marriage; their names were Christopher, Cory and Richard (Ricky). He didn’t have children with his other wives.
Johnny Carson Fact 19: He received many awards during his television career including 6 Emmy Awards, the Governor’s Award, and a Peabody Award. In 1987, he was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. In 1992, he earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and in 1993, he was presented with a Kennedy Center Honor. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Johnny Carson Fact 20: He died on January 23, 2005 at the age of 79 in Los Angeles, California, United States following respiratory failure. He was cremated without a memorial service, and his ashes were given to his wife.
Johnny Carson Influence & Legacy: Johnny Carson is considered one of the best television personalities in the history of the United States. He hosted The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson for thirty years and was the highest paid television personality in the United States at the time.
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