Johnny Carson's greatest moments -- We chart the life and times of the legendary talk-show host
A 14-year-old Carson begins performing magic as ”the Great Carsoni” for organizations in his Nebraska hometown.
Carson loses the lead in a new sitcom. Relieved star Dick Van Dyke laughs, ”I never could’ve done The Tonight Show.”
Replacing Jack Paar as host of The Tonight Show, he begins 30 years of monologues, interviews, and animals sitting on his head.
He debuts semi-psychic seer Carnac the Magnificent. (”Sis boom bah…the sound of a sheep exploding.”)
Spoofing Peanuts collection Happiness is…a warm puppy, he pens humor collection: Happiness is a dry martini.
Forty-five million viewers tune in to watch Tiny Tim tiptoe down the aisle and marry Miss Vicki.
Classy comedy, classy clothes (except for that plaid suit): Johnny Carson Apparel, Inc. grosses $50 million.
Hosting the first of five Oscars, he calls it ”…two hours of sparkling entertainment spread over a four-hour show.”
”Heeere’s Johnny!!” becomes a battle cry for ax murderers and smiling lunatics everywhere, thanks to The Shining.
Jerry Lewis’ role as a talk-show host in Scorsese’s The King of Comedy is originally offered to Carson.
Fashion guru Mr. Blackwell tries to sue Johnny for millions over a joke about Mother Teresa making the worst-dressed list.
A tearful Bette Midler serenades Carson — who gets choked up as well — on his penultimate May 21 broadcast.