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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 6 March 1952Los Angeles County, California, USA
Date of Death 27 October 2009Las Vegas, Nevada, USA  (lymphoma)
Birth NameJohn Franklin Carson
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Raised in North Hollywood, California, his father was Eldridge Franklin "Kit" Carson (Kit Carson), an actor who appeared in many westerns, most notably working with Dale Robertson. His mother, Rosemonde "Boots" James Carson, also had acting experience, but was primarily a fashion model, and elected president of the Mannequins Association of Los Angeles in 1968. Johnny started his career doing commercials, including one at age 5 or 6 portraying a circus ringmaster for a local department store. He later did cartoon voices for Hanna-Barbara. While attending Valley College, he played a lead role in "Taming of the Shrew" staged by the drama department in November, 1969. After his debut in feature films, there was a dispute with Johnny Carson of The Tonight Show regarding use of the name John Carson. At that time, he began to use the name John David Carson. He was romantically linked with Kim Darby at the time of her ex-husband's, Jim Stacy, motorcycle accident when he lost an arm and a leg. They met while she was filming a segment of "Love Story", which aired on NBC on December 12 of that year.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jan Rupert <jmg1@netcommander.com>

Spouse (3)

Diana Carson (6 March 2007 - 27 October 2009) (his death) (1 child)
Vicki Morgan (10 January 1976 - 1977) (divorced)
Colette Trygg (? - 7 May 1993) (divorced)

Trivia (20)

Was raised a Christian Scientist and continued practicing his entire life. Also had an interest in astrology.
A serious motorcycle accident as a teen left him almost completely deaf in his left ear.
Had a theater background by the time he arrived on the motion-picture scene.
He wrote a screenplay after retiring from acting and living in Las Vegas, which was semi-autobiographical and reflected the trials and experiences of his life as an actor. George C. Scott, his former co-star and a close friend, was to star and help produce the screenplay, but the project was abandoned after Scott's death.
His ex-wife model Vicki Morgan, a former Alfred Bloomingdale mistress, was the victim of a sensationalized murder in 1983.
His wife, Diana Carson, had two daughters from a previous marriage named Amber and Alana. Other than these step-daughters, John had no children.
He passed away at 8:22 P.M. Pacific Time, in Clark County, Nevada, with his wife, Diana, at his side.
He often told friends he hated actors who went by three names, which became an inside joke as he went by John David Carson.
His first job was the voice of "Dino Boy/Todd" in 18 episodes of "Space Ghost" from 1966-1968, billed as Johnny Carson. Even though his real name was John Carson, he later changed his name to John David Carson after talk-show legend Johnny Carson told him he could not use the same name.
He was romantically linked to actress Kim Darby and lived together for a brief time.
His birth certificate shows the home where John David Carson's parents resided in and lived when he was born was located at 634 North Fuller Street, Hollywood 36.
His birth certificate listed his mother, Rosemonde James Carson, was 28 at the time of his birth, and his father, Eldridge Franklin Carson, was listed as being 40, which contradicts reports of his birth date being in 1909.
John David Carson was born at 2:35 PM on March 6, 1952, at the now-closed Queen of Angels Hospital located at 2301 Bellevue Avenue in Los Angeles, CA.
On the DVD Extras for the 1971 movie, "Pretty Maids All in a Row", when asked what she remembered about John David Carson, actress Angie Dickinson was quoted as saying, "All I remember was that he was a very quiet man, to an extreme".
Although he never legally changed his birth name, John David Carson was married legally three times with "David" as his middle name instead of his legal name of "Franklin".
John David Carson's first and third marriages both took place in Las Vegas, Nevada. His third marriage was conducted at Lily of the Valley Ministries.
John David Carson's mother, Rosemonde, was the only family in attendance at his first marriage in 1976 to Vicki Morgan.
The apartment where John David Carson and first wife Vicki Morgan lived in 1976, 9024 Harratt Street in Los Angeles, was later occupied by actress Ellen Corby, who played Esther "Grandma" Walton on the television series, "The Waltons".
In 1976, when John David Carson married his first wife, Vicki Morgan, they resided at 9024 Harratt Street in Los Angeles, which has since been incorporated into the city of West Hollywood, California.
In 2007, when John David Carson married his third wife, Diana, they resided at Bee's Residential Inn in Las Vegas, Nevada, located at 2112 Paradise Road. John and Diana were also the managers. The property has since been razed.

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