Johnny Carson is an American television personality. He was born on the 13th of October in 1925 in Corning Iowa. His parents were Homer R. Carson, a manager in a power company, and Ruth Carson. Johnny Carson developed a love for magic at the young age of 12. He purchased a magician’s kit via mail and started engaging in magic tricks in public, with his stage name as ‘The Great Carsoni’. This was the beginning of his desire to perform and a hobby that he continued to nurture and grow as he aged.
After he graduated from high school in 1943, Carson, then 18 years old, joined the U.S Navy as an ensign. His duty was to decode encrypted messages as a communication officer. Even while serving aboard the USS Pennsylvania, he still engaged in his magic tricks and entertained his fellow shipmates. He later confessed that one of the precious memories he had from his time in service was when he performed magic for James Forrestal, a U.S Secretary of the Navy. It was during his service though that he realized that he had a true love for the art of entertaining.
Carson enrolled at the University of Nebraska in the fall of 1945. Four years later he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in radio and speech. He ventured into television writing after his graduation. He later moved to New York City to pursue a bigger audience and improve his career in entertainment. It was a few years later, in 1962, that he was chosen to be the host of the Tonight Show. This was where he grew as a comedian and proved to the world that he was there to stay.
Late Show Success
The audiences always loved him for his endearing personality and his calmness while on the stage. He had a quick wit and a crisp sense of humor that lead to him being so successful in the world of comedy. Through his show he kept the public up to date on pop culture and news while making it humorous and entertaining.
Carson served as the host of The Tonight Shows for thirty years. In the duration of his career, Carson received six Emmy Awards, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and a Peabody Award. He made his final appearance in 1992, and this attracted an estimate of 50 million viewers.
A record for the time and still an impressive number to beat today!
He was married several times throughout his career and he is father to 3 sons. While he always appeared together and happy on the show, his home life was not ideal, and he had many tragic events that he had to deal with. Sadly, in 1999 he suffered a heart attack; while he did survive that attack, he passed in 2005 from respiratory issues. He left behind his family and a huge fan base who loved him for his quick and timely humor and the changes he made to the industry over his long and fruitful career.