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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
Birth NameJohn Franklin Carson
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Raised in North Hollywood, California, his father was Aldrich "Kit" Carson (Kit Carson), an actor who appeared in many westerns, most notably working with Dale Robertson. His mother, Rosamonde "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 os segment of "Love Story", which aired on NBC on December 12 of that year.

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

Spouse (2)

Diana Carson (2006 - 27 October 2009) (his death) (1 child)
Vicki Morgan (10 January 1976 - 1977) (divorced)

Trivia (5)

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.

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