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Profile of the Day: Johnny Carson

Do you remember watching The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson? Today we remember legendary talk show host Johnny Carson on what would have been his 94th birthday.

Profile of the Day: Johnny Carson

Image: Johnny Carson / State Library and Archives of Florida, Flickr

Carson was born on October 23, 1925 in Corning, Iowa to Homer Lloyd “Kit” Carson and Ruth Hook. In 1943, he joined the U.S. Navy and served as a communications officer in charge of decoding encrypted messages.

Carson took over as the host of The Tonight Show on October 1, 1962. For three decades, Carson delighted audiences with his hilarious monologues, sketches and interviews. The show would prove to be a launching pad for many of today’s comedians. During The Late Show’s run, Carson won six Emmys and a Peabody Award. In 1992, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Explore Johnny Carson’s family tree and share how you’re related to the King of Late Night!

View Johnny Carson’s Geni Profile


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