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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
(1957-1962)
The Jack Paar Program
(1962-1965)
Footlight Varieties
Footlight Varieties Himself - Host
(1951)
Up to Paar
Up to Paar Himself / Host
(1952)

Filmography

Hide Hide Show Show Producer (10 credits)
 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 - 5 episodes, 1963 - 1965) (executive producer - 1 episode, 1963)
- Episode #3.23 (1965) ... (producer)
- Episode #3.13 (1964) ... (producer)
- Episode #3.1 (1964) ... (producer)
- Episode #2.30 (1964) ... (producer)
- Episode #2.1 (1963) ... (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)
Show Show Actor (5 credits)
Show Show Thanks (3 credits)
Show Show Self (50 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (21 credits)

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Other Works:

Hosted "Jack Paar is Alive and Well" on NBC. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on Steve Allen] I'm fond of Steve Allen, but not so much as he is. See more »

Trivia:

Popularized the phrase "I kid you not . . ." with which he regularly certified his flow of self-revealing stories as host of The Jack Paar Tonight Show (1957). See more »

Nickname:

The Boss

Star Sign:

Taurus

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