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Ed McMahon

Biography

Johnny Carson’s Television partner who later on continued to host the tv screen show Celebrity Search. He was once known as the very best sidekick for any TV show sponsor ever. He worked well in marketing and sold create. He was a casino game show sponsor and comedian from your ’60s towards the ’90s. He got wedded to Alyce Ferrill on July 5, 1945. He later on Victoria Valentine on March 6, 1976, and lastly to Pam McMahon on Feb 22, 1992. He was good friends with Johnny Carson.

Quick Facts


Full Name Ed McMahon
Date Of Birth March 6, 1923
Died June 23, 2009, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Detroit, MI
Height 1.9 m
Profession TV Show Host
Education Boston College, Catholic University of America
Nationality American
Spouse Pam Hurn, Victoria Valentine, Alyce Ferrill
Children Claudia McMahon, Katherine Mary McMahon, Lex McMahon, Linda McMahon, Jeffrey McMahon, Michael Edward McMahon
Parents Eleanor Russell McMahon, Edward Leo McMahon, Sr
Movies Fun with Dick and Jane, The Incident, Full Moon High, Slaughter's Big Rip-Off, Bewitched, Safety Patrol, The Last Remake of Beau Geste, Just Write, The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story, Butterfly, Lucy Calls the President, Dementia, Jelly, A Man and His Music – Part II, Mixed Blessings, Bruno the Kid
TV Shows TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes, Star Search, The Tom Show, Bruno the Kid, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Concentration, Legends of the Superheroes, Kraft Music Hall, Snap Judgment, Missing Links, Carson's Comedy Classics, Two for the Money, Alf's Hit Talk Show, Big Top, whodunnit!, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Star Sign Pisces

  • Facts
  • Filmography
  • Awards
  • Salaries
  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
  • Pictures

#Fact
1Born in Michigan, but raised in Lowell, Massachusetts.
2Release of his book, "Here's Johnny: My Memories of Johnny Carson, the Tonight Show and 46 Years of Friendship". [2005]
3Release of his book, "For Laughing Out Loud: My Life and Good Times" by Ed with David Fisher. [1998]
4Continues to be spokesman for Premiere Bath commercials on television. [November 2007]
5Release of his book, "When Television Was Young". [2007]
6Father of Claudia McMahon.
7His publicist is Howard Bragman.
8Hospitalized in intensive care in a Los Angeles for treatment of pneumonia and bone cancer [February 27, 2009].
9Son, Michael, died of liver cancer at age 44, on July 28, 1995.
10Was present for the 2007 demolishing of the old Burbank studio where he had taped the last The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962), calling it an end of an era.
11Retired from U.S.M.C. reserve status in 1983 to host Star Search (1983) full time, a show on which such performers as Britney Spears and Arsenio Hall (his own successor to the show) were later discovered.
12Retired 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, 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.
13Graduated from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
14'Weird Al' Yankovic wrote a song about him called "Here's Johnny".
15Was a huge fan of W.C. Fields.
16Was a decorated Marine fighter pilot during WWII.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Full Moon High1981Dad - Col. William P. Walker
The Star Maker1981TV MovieLou Parker
Gridlock1980TV MovieHenry Sherman
The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story1980TV MovieMarvin 'Marv' Jordan
The Kid from Left Field1979TV MovieFred Walker
Legends of the Superheroes1979TV SeriesHost
Lucy Calls the President1977TV MovieFloyd Whittaker
The Last Remake of Beau Geste1977Arab Horseman
Fun with Dick and Jane1977Charlie Blanchard
Ellery Queen1976TV SeriesLamont Franklin
Here's Lucy1973TV SeriesEd McCallister
Slaughter's Big Rip-Off1973Duncan
The ABC Comedy Hour1972TV Series
Swing Out, Sweet Land1970TV MovieBartender / announcer
NBC Children's Theatre1968TV SeriesNarrator
The Kraft Music Hall1967TV SeriesSanta Claus
The Incident1967Bill Wilks
Dementia1955Narrator of Re-Release Version (voice, uncredited)
Big Top1950TV SeriesClown
Jelly2010Mr. Closure
The Weather Man2005Ed McMahon
Bewitched2005Ed McMahon
Scrubs2005TV SeriesEd McMahon
Higglytown Heroes2004TV SeriesTugboat Captain Hero
It's All Relative2004TV SeriesEd McMahon
The Vegas Connection1999Al Ross
Baywatch1999TV SeriesSean
The Simpsons1998TV SeriesEd McMahon
Mixed Blessings1998Baxter
The Wonderful World of Disney1998TV SeriesGrandpa Bozell
The Tom Show1997-1998TV SeriesCharles 'Charlie' Dickerson
The Angry Beavers1997TV SeriesAnnouncer
Cow and Chicken1997TV SeriesGovernor #1 / Eugene Oregon / Beaver #5
Just Write1997Luncheon Chairman
Bruno the Kid1996TV SeriesEngineer's Henchman (voice)
For Which He Stands1996Governor
Nurses1994TV SeriesDetective Salsbury
Burke's Law1994TV SeriesBig Hank Whittaker
The Larry Sanders Show1993TV SeriesEd McMahon
Full House1989TV SeriesEd McMahon
Newhart1989TV SeriesFrank Tuttle
Johnny Carson's 21st Anniversary1983TV MovieAnnouncer
Butterfly1982Mr. Gillespie

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Big Top1950TV Series

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Next Big Star2001TV Series executive producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Kraft Music Hall1968TV Series performer - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jelly2010in memory of
Just, Melvin: Just Evil2000Documentary special thanks
Biography1994TV Series documentary acknowledgment - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1976TV Series acknowledgment - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Last First Comic2010DocumentaryHimself
The Florence Henderson Show2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight2007-2008TV SeriesHimself
Rachael Ray2008TV SeriesHimself - Announcer / Himself - Guest
The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards2008TV SpecialHimself
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan2008TV SeriesHimself
Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon1990-2008TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself - Co-Host / Himself - Announcer / ...
Celebrity Family Feud2008TV SeriesHimself
The Insider2008TV SeriesHimself
Today2005-2008TV SeriesHimself
Larry King Live2003-2008TV SeriesHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHimself (segment "American TV Icon")
Pioneers of Television2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Entertainment Weekly & TV Land Present: The 50 Greatest TV Icons2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project2007DocumentaryHimself
Tom Green's House Tonight2007TV SeriesHimself
American Idol: Unauthorized2007Video documentaryHimself
Tribute to a TV Legend: Aaron Spelling2006TV MovieHimself
TV Land's Top Ten2005-2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The 100 Most Unexpected TV Moments2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2005TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley2005TV SeriesHimself
The Tony Danza Show2005TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993-2005TV SeriesHimself
Gene Williams Country Television Show2005TV SeriesHimself
The 100 Most Memorable TV Moments2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Las Vegas2004TV SeriesHimself
$25 Million Dollar Hoax2004TV SeriesHimself
E! 101 Most Awesome Moments in Entertainment2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
ALF's Hit Talk Show2004TV SeriesHimself
The 2nd Annual TV Land Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
An Evening of Stars: 25th Anniversary Tribute to Lou Rawls2004TV MovieHimself
Family Guy2003TV SeriesHimself
Duck Dodgers2003TV SeriesHimself
Classmates2003TV SeriesHimself
The New Tom Green Show2003TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2003TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host
TV's Most Memorable Weddings2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood Squares2003TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
E! True Hollywood Story1999-2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
That '80s Show2002TV SeriesHimself
The Definitive Elvis: The Television Years2002Video documentary
Next Big Star2001-2002TV SeriesHimself
The 28th Annual People's Choice Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
Popular2001TV SeriesHimself
Just Shoot Me!2000TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1993-2000TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Show1999-2000TV SeriesHimself
Let Me In, I Hear Laughter2000DocumentaryHimself
Intimate Portrait2000TV Series documentaryNarrator
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch1999TV SeriesHimself
Pitch People1999DocumentaryHimself
Suddenly Susan1999TV SeriesHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1998TV SeriesHimself
Pinky and the Brain1998TV SeriesHimself
Jerry Seinfeld: 'I'm Telling You for the Last Time'1998TV Special documentaryHimself ('The Funeral' sequence)
Biography1994-1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Muppets Tonight1997TV SeriesHimself
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's1997DocumentaryHimself
Malcolm & Eddie1997TV SeriesHimself
Access Hollywood1997TV SeriesHimself
'Weird Al' Yankovic: (There's No) Going Home1996TV MovieHimself
The 10th Annual American Comedy Awards1996TV SpecialHimself
You Don't Know Jack: Volume 21996Video GameHimself - Celebrity Guest Appearance (voice)
Roseanne1995TV SeriesHimself
Jerry Lewis Stars Across America1995TV SpecialHimself - Co-Host
Bob Hope: Memories of World War II1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Johnny Carson Collection, His Favorite Moments from 'The Tonight Show': 1962-19921994VideoHimself
The Wonderful World of Disney: 40 Years of Television Magic1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
Walt Disney World Inside Out1994TV Series documentaryHimself - Celebrity Guest
Love Affair1994Himself
Phenom1994TV SeriesHimself
Adventures in Wonderland1994TV SeriesHimself
Vicki!1992-1993TV SeriesHimself
Living Single1993TV SeriesHimself
John & Leeza from Hollywood1993TV SeriesHimself
Walt Disney World Journey Into Magic1993TV MovieHimself
Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade1992TV SpecialHimself - Host
The Arsenio Hall Show1992TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1962-1992TV SeriesHimself - Announcer / Himself / Guest Host / ...
Showbiz Today1992TV Series
Star Search1983-1992TV SeriesHimself - Host
Who's the Boss?1991TV SeriesHimself
One on One with John Tesh1991TV SeriesHimself
Johnny Carson's 29th Anniversary1991TV SpecialHimself
The Chuck Woolery Show1991TV SeriesHimself
Yellow Ribbon Party1991TV SpecialHimself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars1980-1989TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host / Himself - Host
There Really Is a Santa Claus1989TV MovieHimself
The Cosby Show1989TV SeriesHimself
ALF1988TV SeriesHimself
Mickey's 60th Birthday1988TV MovieHimself
The Best of Gleason 21988TV MovieHimself - Host
The New Hollywood Squares1988TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Newhart1988TV SeriesHimself - Announcer
All-Star Party for Joan Collins1987TV SpecialHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 25th Anniversary Special1987TV MovieHimself
Super Bloopers and Practical Jokes1984-1986TV SeriesHimself - Host
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration1986TV Special documentaryHimself
Orange Bowl Parade1985TV SpecialHimself
Amazing Stories1985TV SeriesHimself
Puttin' on the Hits1985TV SeriesHimself - Host
Bob Hope Buys NBC?1985TV SpecialHimself
Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 22nd Anniversary1984TV MovieHimself - Announcer
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous1984TV Series documentaryHimself
TV's Greatest Censored Commercial Bloopers1984TV MovieHimself - Host
Salute!1983TV SeriesHimself
Carson's Comedy Classics1983TV SeriesHimself - Narrator (voice)
Television's Greatest Commercials1982TV SeriesHimself - Host
Tom Cottle: Up Close1982TV SeriesHimself
Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 20th Anniversary1982TV MovieHimself
Hee Haw1980-1982TV SeriesHimself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1981TV MovieHimself - Host
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 19th Anniversary Special1981TV MovieHimself - Announcer
Movie Macabre1981TV SeriesHimself
The John Davidson Show1981TV SeriesHimself
All-Star Salute to Mother's Day1981TV SpecialHimself - Host
Macy's 54th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade1980TV MovieHimself - Host
Johnny Carson's 18th Anniversary Special1980TV MovieHimself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1979TV SpecialHimself - Host
Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 17th Anniversary Special1979TV MovieHimself
CHiPs1979TV SeriesHimself
Whodunnit?1979TV SeriesHimself - Host
America vs. the World: Circus Challenge1979TV MovieHimself
Good Old Days Part II1978TV Special
Donahue1978TV SeriesHimself
Grease Day USA1978TV Movie documentaryPremiere Guest
The Hollywood Squares1972-1978TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration1978TV SpecialHimself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1977TV SpecialHimself - Host
Dinah!1975-1977TV SeriesHimself
US Against the World1977TV MovieHimself - Host
The Captain and Tennille1977TV SeriesHimself
The Sonny and Cher Show1976TV SeriesHimself / Various Characters
The David Steinberg Show1976TV SeriesHimself
Van Dyke and Company1976TV SeriesHimself
The Jacksons1976TV SeriesHimself
Bob Hope's Bicentennial Star Spangled Spectacular1976TV MovieHimself - Cameo
The Stars and Stripes Show1976TV MovieHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1971-1976TV SeriesHimself - TV Announcer
American Music Awards1974TV SpecialHimself
Flip1972-1973TV SeriesHimself
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour1973TV SeriesHimself / Various Characters
The Dean Martin Show1973TV SeriesHimself
A Couple of Dons1973TV SpecialHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 10th Anniversary1972TV MovieHimself - Announcer
Make Your Own Kind of Music!1971TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHimself
Comedy Tonight1970TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Barbara McNair Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Johnny Cash Show1970TV SeriesHimself
Laugh-In1968-1970TV SeriesHimself
Here's Lucy1969TV SeriesHimself
Della1969TV SeriesHimself
Concentration1967-1969TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself
The Match Game1966-1969TV SeriesHimself - Team Captain / Himself - Guest Host / Team Captain / ...
Snap Judgment1967-1969TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Joan Rivers Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The Kraft Music Hall1968TV SeriesHimself - Host
What's My Line?1967TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest
Stars for Israel1967TV MovieHimself
Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music Part II1966TV SpecialProgram Announcer
The Joey Bishop Show1964TV SeriesHimself
Missing Links1963-1964TV SeriesHimself - Host
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1963TV SeriesHimself
The Garry Moore Show1960TV SeriesHimself
Two for the Money1957TV SeriesHimself - On Screen Announcer
Who Do You Trust?1956TV SeriesAnnouncer (1957-1962)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The O'Reilly Factor2015TV SeriesHimself
America's Clown: An Intimate Biography of Red Skelton2014VideoHimself
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Ted2012Himself (uncredited)
American Masters2012TV Series documentaryHimself
En femme de l'horreur2011ShortNarrator
Paul Williams Still Alive2011DocumentaryHimself
The 2011 Comedy Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
Working with Lucy: A Conversation with James E. Brodhead2010Video documentary shortClip from 'Lucy Calls the President'
16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Memorial Tribute
Inside Edition2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Entertainment Tonight2009TV SeriesHimself
The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon2009TV SeriesHimself
Muppets 201: Rarities from the Henson Vault2009DocumentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2009TV SeriesHimself
101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments2004TV MovieHimself
When Stand-Up Comics Ruled the World2004TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
ABC 2000: The Millennium1999TV Movie documentary
Television: The First Fifty Years1999Video documentaryHimself / Interviewee
Late Night with Conan O'Brien: 51998TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
Muppets Tonight1997TV SeriesHimself
Muppet Babies1991TV SeriesHimself
Pink Cadillac1989Himself (uncredited)
The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years1986TV MovieHimself
The Winds of Whoopie1983TV MovieHimself
Best of the Dean Martin Show1979TV MovieHimself
Bob Hope's World of Comedy1976TV MovieHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1986Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 20 March 1986. At 7000 Hollywood Blvd.
1983Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorButterfly (1982)


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#Quote
1[on Johnny Carson] Most comic teams are not good friends or even friends at all. Laurel and Hardy didn't hang out together, Abbott and Costello weren't best of friends. Johnny and I were the happy exception. For 40 years Johnny and I were as close as two nonmarried people can be. And if he heard me say that, he might say, 'Ed, I always felt you were my insignificant other.'
2[on Johnny Carson] He doesn't give friendship easily or need it. He packs a tight suitcase.
3You can't imagine hooking up with a guy like Carson [Johnny Carson]. There's the old phrase, 'Hook your wagon to a star.' I hitched my wagon to a great star.
4It's like a pitcher who has a favorite catcher. The pitcher gets a little help from the catcher, but the pitcher's got to throw the ball. Well, Johnny Carson had to throw the ball, but I could give him a little help.
5Heeeeeere's Johnny!

#Trademark
1Usually appears as a sidekick
2His call, "Hi-ooooo!"
3His laugh

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