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|Also Known As:||John William Carson||Died:||January 23, 2005|
|Born:||October 23, 1925||Cause of Death:||emphysema|
|Birth Place:||Corning, Iowa, USA||Profession:||Music ... talk show host comedian actor magician ventriloquist|
A towering figure in the history of television, Johnny Carson was the host of "The Tonight Show" (NBC, 1954- ) for three decades. During that time, the congenial Midwesterner established a blueprint for the job through his quick wit, impeccable taste in guests (especially comedic talent) and personable delivery that made every guest - from the biggest star to the man on the street - shine in the spotlight. Carson's magnetism and talent made him not only a celebrity, but also part of the national fabric: as David Letterman once said, people wanted to end their day by being tucked in by Johnny. His unexpected death in 2005 left a vast void in not only the talk show world, but in the entertainment industry as a whole.
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