By Joshua Rich
Updated March 06, 2009 at 04:30 PM EST

Ed McMahon has had a rough go of it lately, with financial troubles and health problems. At last word, he remains in an L.A.-area hospital fighting pneumonia and, possibly, bone cancer. So it’s with added oomph that we wish the former Tonight Show sidekick and Star Search host (and all-around good guy) a very happy 86th birthday today! Get well soon, Ed. We’re looking forward to celebrating No. 87 with you next year.

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