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“Tonight Show” sidekick Ed McMahon dies at 86

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Photo: Wikipedia — Ed McMahon in November of 2005

“Heeeere’s Johnny!” The booming voice that made this introduction for “Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson thousands of times has been silenced. Famous announcer/talk show sidekick Ed McMahon  died today, reportedly after a battle with cancer. He was 86.

He was born Edward Leo Peter McMahon in Detroit on March 6, 1923. McMahon and Johnny Carson first worked together on the TV game show “Who Do You Trust?” (1957-1962). After Jack Paar retired, Carson and McMahon moved onto the “Tonight Show” in 1962 and soon became a popular late night duo for 30 years.

Also, McMahon was a pitchman for commercials as well as the host for a number of TV programs including,  “Star Search” (1983-1995) and “TV Bloopers And Practical Jokes” (1982-1998). McMahon appeared in several movies like, “Bewitched” (2005). 

McMahon is survived by his third wife, Pam Hurn, and six children.

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One Response to “Tonight Show” sidekick Ed McMahon dies at 86

  1. carly Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 6:06 am #

    His death end a talk show era. He will be missed. There is a related post at

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