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Johnny Carson (I) (1925–2005)


Johnny Carson, the legendary "King of Late Night TV" who dominated the medium's nether hours for three decades, was born in Corning, Iowa, but moved with his family to nearby Norfolk, Nebraska when he was eight years old. It was in Norfolk, where he lived until he was inducted into the US Navy in 1943, that he started his show business career. At ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 14 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Fargo
Fargo Soundtrack
(1996)
Blind Target
Blind Target Soundtrack
(2000)
Looking for Love
Looking for Love Johnny Carson
(1964)

Filmography

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 2015 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Ellen DeGeneres/Neil Young (2015) ... (writer: "Johnny's Theme" - uncredited)
 2011 Late Show with David Letterman (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Dana Carvey/Michio Kaku/British Sea Power (2011) ... (writer: "Johnny's Theme" - uncredited)
 2007 Gracie (writer: "The Tonight Show")
 2007 Talk to Me (writer: "Johnny's Theme")
 2003 Live and Swingin': The Ultimate Rat Pack Collection (Video documentary) (performer: "Birth of the Blues")
 2000 Blind Target (lyrics: "My old friend the bottle) / (music: "My old friend the bottle) / (performer: "My old friend the bottle)
 2000 Isn't She Great (writer: "Johnny's Theme")
 1996 Fargo (writer: "Johnny's Theme")
 1996 The Late Shift (TV Movie) (writer: "Johnny's Theme")
 1978-1992 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) (performer - 3 episodes)
- Episode dated 22 May 1992 (1992) ... (performer: "Thanks for the Memory" (1937) - uncredited)
- Episode dated 21 May 1992 (1992) ... (performer: "Here Comes That Rainy Day")
- Gabriel Kaplan/Cloris Leachman/Marcel Marceau (1978) ... (performer: "The Star-Spangled Banner")
 1992 This Is My Life (writer: "Johnny's Theme")
 1987 Burglar (writer: "Johnny's Theme")
 1963 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Johnny Carson Guest (1963) ... (performer: "Ballin' the Jack" - uncredited)
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Other Works:

Unsold pilot: Starred in a comedy pilot called "Oh Johnny" about the leader of a globe-trotting all-girl orchestra and the misadventures he falls prey to while chaperoning them. See more »

Publicity Listings:

6 Print Biographies | 5 Portrayals | 70 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 12 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Johnnie Carson

Height:

5' 10½" (1.79 m)
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Personal Quote:

I think I left at the right time. You've got to know when to get the hell off the stage, and the timing was right for me. The reason I really don't go back or do interviews is because I just let the work speak for itself. See more »

Trivia:

First wife, Joan "Jody" Morrill Wolcott, was his college sweetheart. They divorced and later, in 1990, she lost a suit trying to increase the alimony that she was receiving. See more »

Trademark:

Golf swing at the end of his The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) monologues See more »

Nickname:

The King of Late-night

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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