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Jack Paar (I) (1918–2004)

Became host of the Tonight Show in 1957 and quickly view very popular with viewers. So popular, in fact, that the show was renamed "The Jack Paar Show" after only one year of hosting. Paar's trademark was his great ability to engage in conversation with guests that went above and beyond the generic "chat" that other hosts never rose above. He was ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Known For

The Jack Paar Tonight Show
The Jack Paar Tonight Show Himself - Host / Himself / Host
The Jack Paar Program
Footlight Varieties
Footlight Varieties Himself - Host
Up to Paar
Up to Paar Himself / Host


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 1986 Jack Paar Comes Home (TV Movie documentary) (producer)
 1970 The Jack Paar Diary (TV Movie documentary) (producer)
 1969 Jack Paar and His Lions (TV Movie documentary) (producer)
 1969 Jack Paar in Africa (TV Movie documentary) (producer)
 1967 A Funny Thing Happened Everywhere (TV Movie) (producer)
 1966 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series) (producer - 1 episode)
- The Kennedy Wit (1966) ... (producer)
  The Jack Paar Program (TV Series) (producer - 1 episode, 1963) (executive producer - 1 episode, 1963)
- Episode #2.1 (1963) ... (producer)
- Episode #1.28 (1963) ... (executive producer)
 1961 The Square World of Jack Paar (TV Movie) (producer)
 1960 Jack Paar Presents (TV Movie) (producer)
 1960 Startime (TV Series) (producer - 1 episode)
- The Jack Paar Variety Show (1960) ... (producer)
Show Show Writer (6 credits)
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Show Show Thanks (3 credits)
Show Show Self (49 credits)
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Other Works:

Radio: Host of "The Jack Paar Show" (NBC). See more »

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2 Biographical Movies | 5 Print Biographies | 9 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Everyone thinks Ed Sullivan discovered The Beatles. That's not true. I had them on before he did. I did it because I thought they were funny, not because I liked the music. I'm a Muzak kind of guy . . . my home's like living in an elevator. See more »


An intelligent, prodding host during his heyday, he sparked international incidents after interviewing Fidel Castro in Cuba and doing his show from Berlin as the wall went up. On the positive side, he scored very well with his audiences and the behind-the-scenes executives discussing religion with Billy Graham, visiting Albert Schweitzer in Africa and for his political bantering with Richard Nixon... See more »


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