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356. Johnny Carson: The Late Night King of TV
Johnny Carson served as host for the iconic,
-night television series The Tonight Show for 30 years.
that time, Carson entertained generations of American television
with his down-to-earth style, casual approach, and quick-witted
. The Tonight Show was already a big success
Carson took over from the retiring Jack Paar,
Carson took the show to the next level.
style, and grace on camera has been mimicked
many late-night talk show hosts, who have credited
as their mentor.
Carson was born thousands of
away from the glitz of New York, and
Angeles, in the city of Corning, Iowa, in
. Carson began his entertainment career at the age
14 when he appeared at county fairs as
magician, which was his first love. His family
to the state of Nebraska when Carson was
young man, and he served as a communications
for the U.S. Navy during the tail end
World War II. His broadcast career began in
in Omaha, Nebraska before moving to Los Angeles,
landing a job with a local television station.
officially became host of The Tonight Show on
1, 1962. The show was based in New
City until 1972 when, at Carson's request, the
was permanently moved to the Los Angeles area.
hosted his show in Burbank for the next
years, where he perfected his style and approach
his guests. It was considered an honor to
invited to The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson.
was a true entertainer. He performed many skits
his reign, where he dressed up in costume,
played ridiculous characters, which is something today's late-night
do not do. Carson was never afraid to