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Johnny Carson

Comedian and TV Host Johnny Carson

Profession: Comedian and TV Host

United States of America

Biography: Carson was one of the most popular late night television hosts in American history, hosting The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson for thirty years between 1962 and 1992. In this role he launched the careers of many contemporaries, including later Late Night hosts David Letterman and Jay Leno.

Born: October 23, 1925
Birthplace: Corning, Iowa, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: January 23, 2005 (aged 79)
Cause of Death: Respiratory failure arising from emphysema

Married Life

  • 1949-10-01 Television host and comedian Johnny Carson (23) weds Joan Morrill Wolcott (23) at the North Platte Episcopalian Church
  • 1987-06-20 Johnny Carson marries 4th wife Alexis Mass

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