Ed McMahon

Ed McMahon

86 (passed away Jun. 23rd, 2009)
Mar. 6th, 1923
Born in
Detroit, Michigan, USA
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
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
The Tom Show TV Show
The Tom Show

Main Movie Roles

2012 - ted
2007 - Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
2005 - The Weather Man
2005 - Bewitched
1994 - Love Affair
1989 - Pink Cadillac
1982 - Butterfly
1977 - Fun with Dick and Jane

Guest TV Roles

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


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.

  • Was a decorated Marine fighter pilot during WWII.
  • Was a huge fan of 'W.C. Fields' (qv).
  • ''Weird Al' Yankovic' (qv) wrote a song about him called "Here's Johnny".
  • His publicist is 'Howard Bragman' (qv).
  • Graduated from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
  • Father of 'Claudia McMahon' (qv).
  • Son, Michael, died of liver cancer at age 44, on July 28, 1995.
  • Was present for the 2007 demolishing of the old Burbank studio where he had taped the last _"The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962)_ (qv), calling it an end of an era.

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