"For three days after death, hair and fingernails continue to grow... but phone calls taper off."
Carson recorded the Tonight Show at NBC in Burbank, where they now make the Ellen show, and loads of other shows. Across the street from NBC is the Johnny Carson park, that enforce dog poo laws. As always, there is lots of information on Mr. C elsewhere.
October 06 - My pal Alan Light sends in this video - of Carson's last appearance on television - a brief cameo on David Letterman. I just watched it, and its hard not to get a bit choked up. Bless him. Like Joan Rivers said, "Carson IS America."
According to his nephew in TV Guide last year, he was no longer able to play tennis, his favorite pastime, because of his emphysema. Carson and his fourth wife, Alexis, lived in Malibu.
On January 4th, 2005, a picture of him was published in the New York
Post, that was taken when he was going into a movie theater to see The
Aviator. It would be one of the last pictures ever taken of him in
On January 23rd, he died at 6:50 AM, surrounded by his sons Christopher and Corey, and his wife Alexis. Cause of death: respiratory failure from emphysema, brought on by the fact that he was a smoker for most of his life. In the early days of the Tonight Show, he could often be spotted hiding a cigarette behind his desk. He reportedly quit for good about ten years ago. He was 79 years old.
Upon hearing of his passing, David Letterman issued this statement: "It is a sad day for his family and for the country, he was the best -- a star and a gentleman." The Laugh Factory did their obligatory sign.
Before Carson died, it was revealed that he had been sending jokes to Letterman, for use in his monologues on
the Late Show. On January 24th, on the Tonight Show, Jay Leno marked his passing with Ed McMahon, Bob Newhart, and Don Rickles reminiscing about Johnny. A week later,
on the Late Show, David Letterman did a monologue composed entirely of jokes sent by Carson.
Upon hearing of his death, the Honorary Mayor of Hollywood, Johnny Grant showed up for the cameras to put flowers on Johnny's star
on the Walk of Fame. "I know if Johnny Carson could somehow magically
show up here and now, his remark would be, 'What are you doing?' because he was
such a private person. "But I invite everybody around this part of
the country to come here, place flowers. We'll take care of them, and give
the guy a great sendoff." Grant also added, "I will start this
very day to find a square or a street corner or something to be designated
'Johnny Carson Way' or something like that."
He was also good friends with Jimmy Stewart.
He was once a writer for Red Skelton.
Happening more and more often department, from Findadeath friend Chris Meacham:
Regarding Rodney Dangerfield from the January 31, 2005 New York Post's Page Six:
EVEN in death, Rodney Dangerfield gets no respect. The late comedy legend's longtime publicist, Kevin Sasaki, got a call from a booker at CNN last week asking him if "Rodney would be available to share his comments on the passing and legacy of Johnny Carson." Sasaki replied that unless CNN had a new way of linking up to the afterlife via satellite, that would be impossible. Dangerfield, of course, passed away last October.
Ironically, his new DVD set, "Rodney Dangerfield � The Ultimate No Respect Collection," was posthumously released last month, and includes clips culled from his more than 70 appearances on "The Tonight Show."
He started out as a magician when he was fourteen years old, called the Great
His final appearance on the Tonight Show drew 50 million viewers.
In his will, Johnny bequeathed 1 million to the Carson Center for Chimps in his home state of Nebraska, and also gave money to a man that debunks people claiming to be psychics, and Planned Parenthood.
Thanks to Kevin Hassell our buddy, for le story, and Kyle Goodman for the snaps of Johnny's Malibu home.
See Johnny's official website, HERE.
See the official Tonight Show website, HERE.
Did Johnny really offer to pet Zsa Zsa Gabor's, ahem, pussy? Read about it HERE.