Ed McMahon

Ed McMahon

Age
86 (passed away Jun. 23rd, 2009)
Birthday
Mar. 6th, 1923
Born in
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Height
6' 4"

Ed McMahon's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Muppets Tonight TV Show
Muppets Tonight
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien TV Show
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien
The Match Game TV Show
The Match Game
ALF's Hit Talk Show TV Show
ALF's Hit Talk Show
Higglytown Heroes TV Show
Higglytown Heroes
Star Search (1983) TV Show
Star Search (1983)
Whodunnit? TV Show
Whodunnit?
Bruno the Kid TV Show
Bruno the Kid
The New Tom Green Show TV Show
The New Tom Green Show
$25 Million Dollar Hoax TV Show
$25 Million Dollar Hoax
Classmates TV Show
Classmates
The Tom Show TV Show
The Tom Show
 

Main Movie Roles

2007 - Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
2005 - Bewitched
2005 - The Weather Man
1994 - Love Affair
1989 - Pink Cadillac
1982 - Butterfly
1977 - Fun with Dick and Jane

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Himself
2
Himself
2
Himself - Announcer (Voiced)
2
Himself
2
Announcer (Voiced)
1
Himself (Voiced)
1
Lamont Franklin
1
Himself
1
Himself
1
[Complete List]



BIOGRAPHY:

Ed McMahon's first appearance before a microphone was as a 15-year-old "caller" at a bingo game in Maine. After that, he spent the next three years touring the state fair and carnival circuit. A Marine fighter pilot during World War II, McMahon sold vegetable slicers on Atlantic City's boardwalk to put himself through Catholic University in Washington, DC. In the 1950s, he hosted a late-night interview show in Philadelphia before working as a clown on the show "Big Top" (1950). His next assignment was as a fighter pilot during the Korean War. After that, he resumed his career in television. In 1959, he was hired as Johnny Carson (I)'s straight man on the daytime quiz show "Do You Trust Your Wife" (1956). When Carson succeeded Jack Paar (I) on NBC's "Tonight Starring Jack Paar" (1957), which became "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962), he took McMahon with him. This job lasted for 30 years and made McMahon wealthy and famous. On the big screen, he played straight roles in the dramatic The Incident (1967) -- for which he got very good reviews -- and in the comic Fun with Dick and Jane (1977). He also appeared in made-for-TV movies and hosted daytime game shows in the 1960s and 1970s. In the 1980s, McMahon teamed with Dick Clark (I) on "TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes" (1984) and hosted his own long-running talent show, "Star Search" (1983). He also made commercial appearances for a multitude of products. In 1994, he was cast as himself in Love Affair (1994) with Warren Beatty and Annette Bening.


TRIVIA:
  • Son, Michael, died of liver cancer at age 44, on July 28, 1995.
  • ''Weird Al' Yankovic' (qv) wrote a song about him called "Here's Johnny".
  • Graduated from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
  • Was a huge fan of 'W.C. Fields' (qv).
  • Was a decorated Marine fighter pilot during WWII.
  • Hospitalized in intensive care in a Los Angeles for treatment of pneumonia and bone cancer [February 27, 2009].
  • His publicist is 'Howard Bragman' (qv).
  • Retired as a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps. During World War II, he was a pilot-instructor and test pilot. During the Korean War, he flew 85 combat missions after being called back to active service in 1952. Was commissioned a Brigadier General in the California Air National Guard in 1966 and continued to serve after he began his acting career. Along with 'James Stewart (I)' (qv), he held the highest active military rank of any actor in history. McMahon was the highest-ranking officer to become an actor, and Stewart was the established actor who achieved the highest rank. Both were decorated combat aviators.


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