Johnny Carson Net Worth

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Johnny Carson net worth is
$300 Million

Johnny Carson Wiki Biography

John William Carson was born on 23 October 1925, in Coming, Iowa USA, of part Irish descent. He was probably the leading TV talk show host in the US for 30 years, until retiring in 1992. Carson passed away in 2005 in California.

Many people are interested in Johnny Carson’s net worth – how rich was he? Johnny Carson’s net worth has been estimated at $300 million.

Johnny Carson Net Worth $200 Million

Like many kids, Johnny Carson was fascinated by magicians, so bought a kit and gave his first show at 14, earning $3. Other performances followed at local parties, until he joined the US Navy in 1943, training as a communications officer but still practicing tricks, even on the Secretary of the Navy.Of course this was the start of his net worth, small as it was.

After Navy service, Johnny graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1949 with a BA degree in speech and drama, while still performing part-time, as he had decided to try and work in radio. He actually secured his first job at the WOW station in Omaha, where he was soon hosting a morning TV show called “The Squirrel’s Nest”, part of which was Johnny satirically performing, with local celebrities as his target. His net worth was beginning to grow.

Carson was soon referred to the Los Angeles TV station KNXT – owned by CBS – which was a big step-up in his career, as he was subsequently invited to write for and be a guest on several shows, including by Red Skelton and Jack Benny, as well as hosting his own self-titled but still modest show in 1955. Never one to stay still for long at that point, Johnny then moved to New York, and hosted “Who Do You Trust” for five years. All these projects added steadily to Johnny’s net worth.

Although not realising it at the time, Johnny Carson’s move to this daytime TV show was  most significant, as it allowed him freedom to ad lib and display his real talent for humour and satire, but in a friendly way which did not unnecessarily embarrass guests. After five years, NBC convinced Johnny to become host of the popular ‘Tonight’ show and, as the saying goes, he never looked back. Despite Johnny being fearful of the length of the show, and therefore keeping audiences interested, the show and himself were a success, so that the name was changed to “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” after a year. Of course, this was to become the biggest source of his net worth for the next 30 years.

In the 1960s, Johnny’s show gained enormous popularity, and was broadcast live. During the peak of his success in the show during the 70s and 80s, Johnny always remained a casual person, and relaxed conversational interacting with guests of the show was the main reason, and why the show maintained its popularity. This was certainly Johnny’s own style, but was also why he had been selected, as previous hosts had adopted a similar style, and why his popularity remained stable until he retired.

Of course Johnny Carson’s success and popularity did not go unrewarded, and over 30 years he won six Emmy Awards, the Governor’s Award in 1980, and the Peabody Award in 1985. He was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1987, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992, and finally a Kennedy Center Honor in 1993.

In his private life, Johnny Carson was actually a shy and quiet person, completely avoiding the limelight and refusing to discuss his personal life, beliefs or preferences. He was married four times, firstly to Jody Wolcott(1948-63), with whom he had his only three children, sons. In 1963 the couple divorced and later that year John Carson married Joanne Copeland, the marriage lasting nine years. Johnny was then married to model Joanna Holland(1972-83), and finally to Alexis Maas from 1987 until his death from respiratory failure in 2005. After Carson’s death, a huge amount of his net worth, i.e. $200 million went to the charity organization “The Johnny Carson Foundation”.


Full NameJohnny Carson
Net Worth$300 Million
Date Of BirthOctober 23, 1925, Corning, Iowa, United States
DiedJanuary 23, 2005, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of BirthCorning
Height5 ft 9 in (1.77 m)
ProfessionComedian, Actor, Screenwriter, Presenter
EducationMillsaps College, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
NationalityUnited States of America
SpouseAlexis Maas (m. 1987–2005)
ChildrenCory Carson, Kit Carson, Richard Carson
ParentsRuth Hook Carson, Homer Lloyd Carson
SiblingsDick Carson, Catherine Carson
NicknamesJohn William Carson , Johnnie Carson , The King of Late-Night , John William "Johnny" Carson
AwardsKennedy Center Honors, Peabody Award, Presidential Medal of Freedom, People's Choice Award for Favorite Talk Show Host, TCA Career Achievement Award, Primetime Emmy Award for Special Classification Of Outstanding Program Achievement, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy-Variety Or Music Progr...
NominationsPeople's Choice Award for Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievements In Entertainment, People's Choice Award for Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer
MoviesLooking for Love
TV ShowsThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Mr. President, Lewis & Clark, Space Ghost, The Johnny Carson Show, The Tonight Show, Who Do You Trust?
1Jokes about his alimony payments
2Golf swing at the end of his The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) monologues
3His unmistakable laugh
1[on his first night hosting The Tonight Show] I have only one feeling as I stand here knowing that so many people are watching - I want my na-na!
2[to Frank Sinatra] When you're in a romantic mood, whose records do you put on?
3[during his monologue] My name is Johnny Carson, I've devoted a lifetime to comedy, and the next 90 minutes are going to seem like a lifetime to you.
4[asked about his goal in life] To be a good person, a worthy citizen, and to rip NBC off for everything they've got.
5[asked why he didn't keep the controversial edge that his predecessor Jack Paar has brought to The Tonight Show] I think that shows that have gone in just for controversy, to bring on two people of opposing view is very easy night after night. It's easier to that kind of show then it is to get laughs.
6You don't have long to get used to Benny Hill. You can laugh right away. He's a funny guy.
7We played in England for a while and we were not, as you say, a big smash. It's a pretty Americanised show and I think one of the problems was that here we're on every night, night after night, and I think the show played in London at different times late at night and only once a week, and I don't think that people got the chance to really get into the rhythm.
8[to Miss Piggy who had asked him, 'Can you stand there in your rented tuxedo and honestly say that I am not Oscar material?'] Oscar Meyer, maybe.
9[on returning to NBC] That ain't gonna happen. That ain't gonna happen. Uh-uh. I know NBC means well. But I am retired. I ain't going back on television. I made that decision a long time ago and it's served me well.
10I think I left at the right time. You've got to know when to get the hell off the stage, and the timing was right for me. The reason I really don't go back or do interviews is because I just let the work speak for itself.
11I still, believe it or not, have dreams in which I am late for The Tonight Show It's a performer's nightmare, apparently. I've checked with other people, and it occurs to them frequently. And it's frightening. Because I'm not prepared. It's show time and I'm going on-and I've got nothing to say! Jesus! I wake up in a sweat.
12We have certain high standards on this show and some day we hope to live up to them.
13I've seen Don [Don Rickles] entertain 50 times and I've always enjoyed his joke.
14Egyptian President Sadat [Anwar Sadat] had a belly dancer entertain President Nixon [Richard Nixon] at a state dinner. Mr. Nixon was really impressed. He hadn't seen contortions like that since Rose Mary Woods.
15[on Ronald Reagan] The President has asked for severe cuts in aid to the arts and humanities. It's Reagan's strongest attack on the arts since he signed with Warner Brothers.
16I now believe in reincarnation. Tonight's monologue is going to come back as a dog.
17If variety is the spice of life, marriage is the big can of leftover Spam.
18[July 1991] In Los Angeles, the big story is that Police Chief Daryl Gates announced his retirement. It'll be sometime next year. Why can't a guy just retire without making a big deal of it?
19[May 1991] I can empathize with President [George Bush]. I know what it feels like having a young guy waiting around for you to keel over.
20[on the secrecy behind his nightly monologue] It's always been a ritual with me. I don't show it to Freddie [executive producer Frederick De Cordova] or Ed [sidekick Ed McMahon] or anybody. If you don't show it to anybody, then you get fresh reactions.
21[To frequent guest Joan Embery, of The San Diego Zoo, after the marmoset she had brought had climbed on Carson's head and urinated] I'm glad you didn't bring a baby elephant.
22[December 1967 interview by 'Alex Haley (I)' in "Playboy" magazine, on speculation that he was anti-social] I couldn't care less what anybody says about me. I live my life, especially my personal life, strictly for myself. I feel that is my right, and anybody who disagrees with that, that's his business. Whatever you do, you're going to be criticized. I feel the one sensible thing you can do is try to live in a way that pleases you. If you don't hurt anybody else, what you do is your own business.
23[on his public persona] I'm basically not a public person. It's like [Jackie Gleason] said, "If you go out all the time to restaurants and so on, people say, 'Oh, he's everywhere', and if you stay home and eat dinner, they say, 'Oh, he's a recluse'."
24[on why The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) avoided controversial topics] I think it would be a fatal mistake to use my show as a platform for controversial issues. I'm an entertainer, not a commentator. If you're a comedian your job is to make people laugh.
25[on the spontaneous nature of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)] I never analyze it. Analyzing it would just be a waste of time. I just go out and do it. Like George Burns said, "If it gets a laugh, it's funny."
26I wanted the show to make the most of being the last area of television that the medium originally was supposed to be - live, immediate entertainment. I decided the best thing I could do was forget trying to do a lot of pre-planning. It all boiled down to just going out there and being my natural self and seeing what would happen.
27I'm often asked, "What is your favorite moment during the 30 years you hosted ["The Tonight Show"]?" I really don't have just one. The times I enjoyed the most were the spontaneous, unplanned segments that just happened, like Ed Ames' infamous "Tomahawk Toss" that produced one of the longest laughs in television history. When these lucky moments happen, you just go with them and enjoy the experience and high of the moment.
28[1993, interview in "The Washington Post"] I have an ego like anybody else, but I don't need to be stoked by going before the public all the time.
29[on late-night television programs] We're more effective than birth control pills.
30[December 1967, interview in "Playboy" magazine] Find me any performer anywhere who isn't egocentric. You'd better believe you're good, or you've got no business being out there.
31[December 1967, interview in "Playboy" magazine] It's silly to have as one's sole object in life just making money, accumulating wealth. I work because I enjoy what I'm doing, and the fact that I make money at it-- big money--is a fine-and-dandy side fact. Money gives me just one big thing that's really important, and that's the freedom of not having to worry about money. I'm concerned about values--moral, ethical, human values--my own, other people's, the country's, the world's values. Having money now gives me the freedom to worry about the things that really matter.
32Happiness is your dentist telling you it won't hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill.
33The Hollywood tradition I like best is called sucking up to the stars.
34New York is an exciting town where something is happening all the time, most of it unsolved.
35Happiness is seeing the muscular lifeguard all the girls were admiring leave the beach hand in hand with another muscular lifeguard.
36If it weren't for Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of the television, we'd still be eating frozen radio dinners.
37People will pay more to be entertained than educated.
38If life was fair, Elvis [Elvis Presley] would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead.
39Married men live longer than single men. But married men are a lot more willing to die.
1His mother was of Irish descent.
2Like fellow talk show host David Letterman, Carson was known to be a very private and intensely shy person.
3His brother Dick Carson was the one time producer/director of The Merv Griffin Show (1962) in the 1970s. Dick Carson was also director of over 3200 episodes of the network and syndicated versions of "Wheel of Fortune".
4Interviewed in "The Great Comedians Talk About Comedy" by Larry Wilde. [1968]
5Former stepfather of Joe Holland.
6Inducted into the Nebraska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 1987.
7Mill Creek Entertainment has issued a four-DVD boxed set called "Johnny Carson: Late Night Legend", consisting of more than 23 hours of shows culled from his late-night talk show, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962).
8Uncle of Jeff Sotzing.
9According to the PBS series American Masters (1985), Carson was seen by more people on more occasions than anyone else in American history.
10While in the US Navy during World War II (1943-1945), he was an undefeated amateur boxer, posting a record of 10 wins. Most of his boxing matches were held on the USS Pennylvania, the ship on which he served.
11Was considered for the role of Cookie in the Elvis Presley picture G.I. Blues (1960), according to the Hal B. Wallis papers at AMPAS Library.
12Taught himself how to speak Swahili before going on trips to Africa during his retirement.
13While serving in the Navy during WWII, Carson filled in for an absent Rita Hayworth during a USO performance by Orson Welles's 'Mercury Theater Wonder Show' in which he had to be sawed in half by Welles.
14Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 65-68. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
15He was a fan of Elvis Presley.
16He made one foray into movies - he played himself in the 1964 Connie Francis movie, Looking for Love (1964). The MGM flick didn't do that well, and Carson was never seen in movies again - except for those contemporary films where The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) is playing on a TV set in the scene.
17Bob Hope, commenting on Carson's retirement, said it was like "a head falling off Mt. Rushmore. He's had a profound impact on millions of lives. He changed people's sleeping habits, sex habits and their midnight eating habits."
18"'I'll be right back.'" Carson, when asked what he'd like for an epitaph at a press conference after he'd accepted Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Club Man of the Year Award, 1977.
19In 1949 received a Bachelor of Arts degree in radio and speech (with a minor in physics) from The University of Nebraska.
20Had once been considered for the part of "Rob Petrie" on what subsequently became The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961).
21Won Kennedy Center Honors in 1993.
22In addition to his walk-on appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman (1993) stage, he also appeared on another episode in a filmed segment where Letterman has car problems while visiting Hollywood and Carson drives past, shaking his head in disapproval.
23In January 2005, one-time Late Show with David Letterman (1993) producer Peter Lassally revealed that Carson occasionally contributed material for Letterman's monologues. What he missed most in retirement was performing his own "Tonight Show" monologues, according to Lassally.
24When Carson announced his impending retirement, there was fierce competition between David Letterman and Jay Leno to be Carson's "Tonight Show" successor. Leno eventually won the coveted spot, and an angry Letterman moved over to rival network CBS to host a competing show. Many, including Leno, took Carson's walk-on appearance on Late Show with David Letterman (1993) as a signal from Carson that he preferred Letterman to Leno. (Carson has never appeared on Leno's show to congratulate his "Tonight Show" successor).
25Was a member of the exclusive Hollywood Gourmet Poker Club with fellow card players Chevy Chase, Martin Short, Steve Martin, Carl Reiner, Barry Diller and Neil Simon.
26Celebrated New Year's Eve once in his teens by shooting off his father's rifle at midnight, accidentally taking out the family water heater.
27During one live dog-food commercial on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962), when a stunt dog failed to appear on cue, Johnny came out on all fours, panting and licking announcer Ed McMahon's hand, to keep the commercial going.
28Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 95-97. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
29Co-wrote "Johnny's Theme" with Paul Anka when he signed on in 1962 as the new host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962).
30His very first guest on The Tonight Show was Groucho Marx, who introduced Carson. Reacting to the ensuing applause, Carson said, "Boy, you would think it was Vice President [Lyndon Johnson]". Johnny's last guest was Bette Midler, who sang him out.
31After a protracted divorce from his second wife, Joanne Carson, she got nearly half a million dollars in cash and art and $75,000 a year in alimony for life.
32Although he announced on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Episode dated 22 May 1992 (1992) (his final episode) that he hoped to return soon with a new project, he chose to fully retire from the public eye instead and declined invitations to appear on talk shows and NBC anniversary specials. He did made a few exceptions over the years: He provided a guest voice for The Simpsons: Krusty Gets Kancelled (1993), and he brought the house down with a brief, surprise appearance on Late Show with David Letterman (1993) to congratulate Letterman on his new show.
33Member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.
34Brother of Dick Carson, and Catherine Carson.
35On March 8, 1983, Joanna Holland filed for divorce. Under California's community property laws, she was entitled to 50% of all the assets accumulated during the marriage, even though Carson earned virtually all of the couple's income. During this period, he joked on The Tonight Show: "My producer (Frederick De Cordova) really gave me something I needed for Christmas. He gave me a gift certificate to the Law Offices of Jacoby and Meyers". The divorce was settled in 1985 with a whopping 80-page settlement, Holland receiving $20 million in cash and property.
36Son of Homer Carson, who was manager of the Iowa-Nebraska Light & Power Company, and homemaker Ruth Carson.
37Son Richard Wolcott Carson was killed on June 21, 1991 after his car plunged down a steep embankment along a coastal road. The accident apparently occurred while he was taking pictures along a paved service road off Highway 1 near Cayucos, north of San Luis Obispo (CA). Johnny Carson had two other sons: Christopher, named after his paternal grandfather, and Cory Carson.
38The story goes he met his last wife, Alexis Mass, when he saw her strolling along the beach near his Malibu home holding an empty wine glass. He left his house and offered to fill the glass up for her.
39Served on the USS Pennsylvania.
40In April 1967 he walked off The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) convinced that NBC had violated his contract by showing reruns during an AFTRA strike. He refused to go back to work when the strike ended and won a new contract that reportedly guaranteed him an income in excess of $4 million for the following three years.
41First wife, Joan "Jody" Morrill Wolcott, was his college sweetheart. They divorced and later, in 1990, she lost a suit trying to increase the alimony that she was receiving.
42Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992.
43At the tenth anniversary party for The Tonight Show, he announced that he and former model Joanna Holland had married that afternoon, shocking friends and associates. [September 30, 1972].
44One of his early jobs was as a ventriloquist.
45Once appeared on New American Bandstand 1965 (1952) and stood in for a drummer.
46Had a lifelong interest in magic, and sent away for a mail-order magic kit when he was 12. Soon he started performing for bridge clubs and church socials as a 14-year-old magician/comic, under the name "The Great Carsoni." Plied his magic tricks in early performing days of the 1950s in places like the Seven Seas lounge in Omaha, Nebraska.
47When he retired in 1992, he held the record for hosting the same network series for the longest time: 29 years, 7 months, 21 days. The record was broken by Bob Barker on The Price Is Right (1972) in 2002.
48Served in the U.S. Navy, 1943-1946.
49Was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1987.
50Lived in Norfolk, Nebraska from age 8 until he was inducted into the US Navy in 1943. Carson made monetary donations totaling nearly $5 million to causes and organizations there, including the Carson Regional Cancer Center (named after his parents), the high school's Johnny Carson Theater, the Norfolk Public Library, the Norfolk Arts Center, the Elkhorn Valley Museum and Research Center, and the Lifelong Learning Center at Northeast Community College. He last visited Norfolk in 1997 when he attended his former penmanship teacher Fay Gordon's 100th birthday party.
51(March 19, 1999) Underwent emergency quadruple bypass surgery at Santa Monica Hospital (CA) after suffering a severe heart attack.


The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Show with David Letterman2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Gracie2007writer: "The Tonight Show"
Talk to Me2007writer: "Johnny's Theme"
Live and Swingin': The Ultimate Rat Pack Collection2003Video documentary performer: "Birth of the Blues"
Blind Target2000lyrics: "My old friend the bottle / music: "My old friend the bottle / performer: "My old friend the bottle
Isn't She Great2000writer: "Johnny's Theme"
Fargo1996writer: "Johnny's Theme"
The Late Shift1996TV Movie writer: "Johnny's Theme"
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1992TV Series performer - 2 episodes
This Is My Life1992writer: "Johnny's Theme"
Burglar1987writer: "Johnny's Theme"
The Jack Benny Program1963TV Series performer - 1 episode


The Simpsons1993TV SeriesJohnny Carson
Get Smart1965-1968TV SeriesHerald / Special Guest Conductor
The Danny Thomas Hour1967TV SeriesNarrator
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1966TV Series
NBC Children's Theatre1966TV SeriesNarrator
Looking for Love1964Johnny Carson
The Mouse on the Moon1963Drum Major (uncredited)
The United States Steel Hour1960TV SeriesKenneth Rausch
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1959TV SeriesComedian - Children's TV Host
Playhouse 901957TV SeriesErwin Trowbridge
The Red Skelton Hour1954TV SeriesKnight Who Makes Point of Order / Man in Audience


Late Show with David Letterman2005TV Series opening monologue writer - 1 episode
Mr. PresidentTV Series created by - 1 episode, 1987 creator - 1 episode, 1987
The 54th Annual Academy Awards1982TV Special documentary
Johnny Goes Home1982TV Movie documentary written by
The 53rd Annual Academy Awards1981TV Special special material written by
The 51st Annual Academy Awards1979TV Special documentary
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1962TV Series
Carson's Coffee Break1953TV Series
The Red Skelton Hour1951TV Series
The Squirrel's Nest1949TV Series


The Aristocrats2005Documentary dedicatee
Lost Moon: The Triumph of Apollo 131996Video documentary special thanks
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1993TV Series thanks - 1 episode
Can You Hear the Laughter? The Story of Freddie Prinze1979TV Movie thanks: for permission to use film segments


The Johnny Carson Collection, His Favorite Moments from 'The Tonight Show': 1962-19921994VideoHimself - Host
Late Show with David Letterman1993-1994TV SeriesHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1993TV SpecialHimself - Honoree
Bob Hope: The First 90 Years1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom1993TV MovieHimself - Former talk show host
Late Night with David Letterman1985-1993TV SeriesHimself
Jack Benny: Comedy in Bloom1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1962-1992TV SeriesHimself - Host / Carnac the Magnificent / Art Fern / ...
Showbiz Today1992TV Series
Cheers1992TV SeriesHimself
A Tribute to the Boys: Laurel & Hardy1992TV Special documentaryHimself
Johnny Carson's 29th Anniversary1991TV SpecialHimself
Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon1990TV SeriesHimself
Newhart1989TV SeriesHimself
5th Annual TV Academy Hall of Fame1989TV SpecialHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jack Lemmon1988TV Special documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Night Court1988TV SeriesHimself
America's Tribute to Bob Hope1988TV Movie documentaryHimself
It's Howdy Doody Time1987TV SpecialJohnny Carson - Guest
Family Comedy Hour1987TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 25th Anniversary Special1987TV MovieHimself - Host
James Stewart: A Wonderful Life - Hosted by Johnny Carson1987TV MovieHimself
Great Performances1987TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Garry Shandling Show: 25th Anniversary Special1986TV MovieHimself
The New Hollywood Squares1986TV SeriesHimself - Cameo
All-Star Tribute to General Jimmy Doolittle1986TV MovieHimself
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration1986TV Special documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Billy Wilder1986TV Special documentaryHimself
George Burns' 90th Birthday Party: A Very Special Special1986TV SpecialHimself - Cameo
Bob Hope Buys NBC?1985TV SpecialHimself
The NBC All Star Hour1985TV MovieHimself
Johnny Carson Presents the Tonight Show Comedians1984TV MovieHimself
Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 22nd Anniversary1984TV MovieHimself
The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards1984TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program
The 56th Annual Academy Awards1984TV Special documentaryHimself - Host
Johnny Carson's 21st Anniversary1983TV MovieHimself - Host
The 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program & Presenter: The Governor's Award
George Burns Celebrates 80 Years in Show Business1983TV MovieHimself
Sheena Easton... Act One1983TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
Carson's Comedy Classics1983TV SeriesHimself - Host
Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 20th Anniversary1982TV MovieHimself - Host
The 54th Annual Academy Awards1982TV Special documentaryHimself - Host
Johnny Goes Home1982TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 19th Anniversary Special1981TV MovieHimself - Host
The 53rd Annual Academy Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Host
A Love Letter to Jack Benny1981TV Movie documentaryHimself
All-Star Inaugural Gala1981TV MovieHimself / Emcee
Bob Hope for President1980TV SpecialHimself
Johnny Carson's 18th Anniversary Special1980TV MovieHimself
The 52nd Annual Academy Awards1980TV SpecialHimself - Host
Lucy Moves to NBC1980TV MovieHimself
Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 17th Anniversary Special1979TV MovieHimself - Host
The Annual Friars Club Tribute Presents a Salute to Johnny Carson1979TV MovieHimself - Honoree
The 51st Annual Academy Awards1979TV Special documentaryHimself - Host
George Burns' 100th Birthday Party1979TV MovieHimself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1978TV SeriesHimself
Happy Birthday, Bob1978TV SpecialHimself
A Tribute to Mr. Television Milton Berle1978TV SpecialHimself
Life Goes to War: Hollywood and the Home Front1977DocumentaryHimself
Mary Tyler Moore1977TV SeriesHimself
The George Burns Special1976TV SpecialJohnny Carson
CBS Salutes Lucy: The First 25 Years1976TV Movie documentaryHimself
NBC: The First Fifty Years - A Closer Look1976TV Movie documentaryHimself
Joys1976TV SpecialThe Masked Killer (uncredited)
Columbo1975TV SeriesHimself - TV Host
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Orson Welles1975TV SpecialHimself
The Smothers Brothers Show1975TV SeriesHimself - Cameo
Dinah!1975TV SeriesHimself
The 26th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1974TV SpecialHimself - Host
The 28th Annual Tony Awards1974TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Jack Benny's Second Farewell Special1974TV SpecialHimself
The Dean Martin Show1968-1973TV SeriesHimself
Laugh-In1968-1973TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest Performer
Jack Benny's First Farewell Special1973TV SpecialHimself
Don Rickles: Alive and Kicking1972TV SpecialHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 10th Anniversary1972TV MovieHimself - Host
Cancel My Reservation1972Himself (uncredited)
The 24th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1972TV SpecialHimself - Host
Johnny Carson Presents the Sun City Scandals '721972TV MovieHimself - Host
The 23rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1971TV SpecialHimself - Host
The David Frost Show1970-1971TV SeriesHimself
Pure Goldie1971TV MovieHimself
The Kraft Music Hall1968-1971TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself - Roastmaster / Himself
Johnny Carson Presents the Sun City Scandals '701970TV MovieHimself - Host
The Red Skelton Hour1956-1970TV SeriesHimself / Introduction
The Bob Hope Show1965-1970TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Cameo / Himself - Guest
Here's Lucy1969TV SeriesHimself
The Johnny Carson Special1969TV MovieHimself / Host / Sketch Actor
The Brass Are Comin'1969TV SpecialHimself
Concentration1969TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Don Rickles Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The Joan Rivers Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show1968TV SeriesHimself
Carnival Nights1968TV SpecialHimself
The Match Game1967TV SeriesHimself - Cameo
The Bob Braun Show1967TV SeriesHimself (1967-1984)
The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show1966TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host
Danny Thomas Meets the Comics1965TV MovieHimself
The Bob Hope Comedy Special1965TV SpecialHimself
The 16th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1964TV SpecialHimself
The Steve Allen Playhouse1964TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Benny Program1955-1963TV SeriesHimself
What's My Line?1956-1963TV SeriesHimself - Panelist / Himself - Mystery Guest
Sing Along with Mitch1963TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1955-1962TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Comedian
The 14th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1962TV SpecialHimself - Host
To Tell the Truth1960-1962TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
The All-Star Comedy Hour1962TV MovieHimself - Host
Password All-Stars1962TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
The Garry Moore Show1959-1962TV SeriesHimself
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
I've Got a Secret1959-1961TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
The Jackie Gleason Show1961TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Celebrity Talent Scouts1960TV SeriesHimself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1958-1960TV SeriesHimself - Comedian / Himself - Guest / Himself - Comedian-Quiz Show Host / ...
The Arthur Murray Party1959-1960TV SeriesHimself
The Arthur Murray Special for Bob Hope1960TV MovieHimself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1960TV SeriesHimself
The Chevy Showroom Starring Andy Williams1959TV SeriesHimself
Spectacular1959TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1958TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host
The Polly Bergen Show1958TV SeriesHimself
The Johnny Carson Show1955-1956TV SeriesHimself - Host
Who Do You Trust?1956TV SeriesHimself - Host (1957-1962)
The Robert Q. Lewis Show1955TV SeriesHimself - Substitute Host
Earn Your Vacation1954TV SeriesHimself - Host
Red Skelton Revue1954TV SeriesHimself - Comedian / Himself - Guest Host
The Morning Show1954TV SeriesHimself - Host (1954)
Carson's Cellar1953TV SeriesHimself
Carson's Coffee Break1953TV SeriesHimself - Host
All Star Revue1952TV SeriesHimself - Guest Comedian (Sketch)
The Squirrel's Nest1949TV SeriesHimself - Host

Archive Footage

Inside Edition2014-2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
A Football Life2014TV SeriesHimself
Paradise Garden2014DocumentaryHimself
America's Clown: An Intimate Biography of Red Skelton2014VideoHimself
Geraldo at Large2014TV Series documentaryHimself
The Insider2014TV SeriesHimself
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony2014TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
The View2014TV SeriesHimself
American Comedy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself
Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me2014DocumentaryHimself - Talk Show Host (uncredited)
Pioneers of Television2008-2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson / Carnac the Magnificent
And the Oscar Goes To...2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Battered Bastards of Baseball2014DocumentaryHimself
The History of WWE: 50 Years of Sports Entertainment2013Video documentaryHimself
Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic2013DocumentaryHimself
Carson on TCM2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Llyn Foulkes One Man Band2013Documentary
Behind the Candelabra2013TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story2013DocumentaryHimself
Makers: Women Who Make America2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Betty White's 2nd Annual 90th Birthday2013TV MovieHimself
Lovelace2013Himself (uncredited)
Ted2012Himself (uncredited)
The Paperboy2012Himself (uncredited)
American Masters1997-2012TV Series documentaryHimself / Aunt Blabby / Carnac the Magnificent / ...
The 2012 Comedy Awards2012TV SpecialHimself
60 Minutes2003-2012TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself (segment "The Entertainers") / Himself - Television Host
Lucy Moves to NBC: A Remembrance2012Video documentary shortOn set footage / Outtakes & clips from 'Lucy Moves to NBC'
Excavating the 2000 Year Old Man2012Documentary shortHimself
Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl2012TV SpecialHimself
Jeff Dunham: Birth of a Dummy2011TV SpecialHimself
Paul Williams Still Alive2011DocumentaryHimself
Family Band: The Cowsills Story2011DocumentaryHimself
Renée2011DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
The 2011 Comedy Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
30 for 302010TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2010TV SeriesHimself
The Battle for Late Night2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work2010DocumentaryHimself
The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards2009TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
Muppets 201: Rarities from the Henson Vault2009DocumentaryHimself
The Tragic Side of Comedy2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2009TV SeriesHimself
Unsung2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Religulous2008DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Run for Your Life2008/IDocumentaryHimself
The 80th Annual Academy Awards2008TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project2007DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Jimmy Carter Man from Plains2007DocumentaryHimself
Hair, Let the Sun Shine In2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Brando2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Making of 'The Larry Sanders Show'2007Video documentaryHimself
Talk to Me2007Himself (uncredited)
Legends: Rodney Dangerfield2006TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
E! True Hollywood Story2006TV Series documentaryHimself
CMT Greatest Moments: Dolly Parton2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Special Memorial Tribute
The Last Mogul2005TV Special documentaryHimself
The 77th Annual Academy Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Special Memorial Tribute
Stan Kann: The Happiest Man in the World2005DocumentaryHimself
Late Show with David Letterman2005TV SeriesHimself
Dateline NBC2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Inside Deep Throat2005DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
How It Began2004Video documentaryHimself
Retrosexual: The 80's2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time2004TV Mini-SeriesHimself
When Stand-Up Comics Ruled the World2004TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Live and Swingin': The Ultimate Rat Pack Collection2003Video documentaryHimself
Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photography of Milt Hinton2003DocumentaryHimself
World of Comedy2002VideoHimself
Wild Desk Ride2001VideoHimself
50 Years of NBC Late Night2001TV Special documentaryHimself
Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Isn't She Great2000Himself (uncredited)
Behind the Music1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Television: The First Fifty Years1999Video documentaryHimself
The Best of the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts1998TV Movie documentaryHimself - Roastee
The Newton Boys1998Himself (uncredited)
Biography1996-1998TV Series documentaryHimself
George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy1997TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
Bob Hope: Laughing with the Presidents1996TV Special documentaryHimself
Great Performances1994TV SeriesHimself
Laugh-In Past Christmas Present1993TV SpecialHimself
Nova1993TV Series documentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1993TV SeriesHimself
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: 25th Anniversary Reunion1993TV MovieHimself
Oscar's Greatest Moments1992Video documentaryHimself
60 Minutes: The Entertainers1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
Pink Cadillac1989Himself (uncredited)
The Moon Above, the Earth Below1989TV Movie documentaryHimself -Apollo 11 Launch Spectator
KTLA at 40: A Celebration of Los Angeles Television1986TV MovieHimself
Muppet Babies1985TV SeriesHimself
Bob Hope's Unrehearsed Antics of the Stars1984DocumentaryHimself
Carson's Comedy Classics1983TV SeriesHimself / Various
The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1979TV SpecialHimself
Best of the Dean Martin Show1979TV MovieHimself
Bob Hope's World of Comedy1976TV MovieHimself
Texaco Presents: A Quarter Century of Bob Hope on Television1975TV SpecialHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1972TV SeriesHimself
Goodbye, Columbus1969Himself (uncredited)
The Ed Sullivan Show1966TV SeriesHimself - Comedian
Extra2014-2016TV SeriesHimself
The Eighties2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Conspiracy Theorists Lie2015DocumentaryHimself
The Seventies2015TV Series documentaryHimself - The Tonight Show
The O'Reilly Factor2008-2015TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2005-2015TV SeriesHimself

Won Awards

2005Classic Contribution AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsThe Tonight Show (1962)
1992Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program (Series)The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)
1992Lifetime Achievement Award in ComedyAmerican Comedy Awards, USA
1992Career Achievement AwardTelevision Critics Association Awards
1987American Comedy AwardAmerican Comedy Awards, USAFunniest Male Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) Network, Cable or SyndicationThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)
1987People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Talk Show Host
1986Personal AwardPeabody Awards
1980Governor's AwardPrimetime Emmy Awards
1979Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Program Achievement - Special ClassThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)
1978Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsSpecial Classification of Outstanding Program AchievementThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)
1977Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsSpecial Classification of Outstanding Program AchievementThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)
1977Man of the YearHasty Pudding Theatricals, USA
1976Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsSpecial Classification of Outstanding Program and Individual AchievementThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 1751 Vine Street.

Nominated Awards

1991Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety, Music or Comedy ProgramThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)
1987Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety, Music or Comedy ProgramThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)
1986Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety, Music or Comedy ProgramThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)
1985Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety, Music or Comedy ProgramThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)
1984Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety, Music or Comedy ProgramThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)
1983Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety, Music or Comedy ProgramThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)
1981Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety, Music or Comedy ProgramThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)
1980Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Program Achievement - Special ClassThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)
1976Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)
1974Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Music-Variety SeriesThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)
1972Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety Series - TalkThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)
1971Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety Series - TalkThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)
1965Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment - Actors and PerformersThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)

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