Ed McMahon has Died, Former Sidekick of Johnny Carson

June 23, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Ed McMahon, 86-years-old, died early this morning surrounded by family at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The colorful former sidekick of Johnny Carson, host of the Tonight Show, was known for his famous introduction for Carson, exclaiming every night for three decades, “Heeeeere’s Johnnnny!”

McMahon was the ultimate straight man for Carson’s subtle humor, laughing at every joke and even providing fodder for the show’s comedy.

A former radio announcer and pitchman, McMahon and Carson enjoyed a long and prosperous partnership, starting in the 1950s when they worked together on the game show, “Who Do You Trust?”

When Carson was named the new host of the Tonight Show in 1962, McMahon was hired as Carson’s announcer and co-host, where he remained until Carson retired in 1992.

After leaving the Tonight Show, McMahon became known as an energetic pitchman, most notably for his iconic role in awarding cash prizes to the winners of the American Family Publishers sweepstakes. He also hosted various television shows, including “Star Search” and “TV Bloopers, and Practical Jokes.”

In his later years McMahon experienced, much publicized financial and health troubles, with a threatened home foreclosure and a severe fall that resulted in a broken neck. His family says McMahon suffered from a whole host of health problems the last few months of his life.

“Hi-Yo!” Ed McMahon, may you rest in peace.

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10 Responses to “Ed McMahon has Died, Former Sidekick of Johnny Carson”

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  2. Jwilson on June 23rd, 2009 1:07 pm

    What a great story, that you have written about a great person, Mr. Ed McMahon. I have been a fan of the tonight show, when he and johnny Carson were together , those many years ago. Once again great work.

  3. Chris R on June 23rd, 2009 5:43 pm

    I cannot remember a time in my life where Ed McMahon wasn’t at least a distant part of.

    It is like a part of myself has died along with him.

    Have a great afterlife Ed.

  4. Ronk on June 23rd, 2009 5:45 pm

    Goodbye Ed McMahon. Say hello to Johnny for me.

  5. Chrystal K. on June 23rd, 2009 6:04 pm

    I was so sad and shocked when i heard this news.

  6. joe on June 23rd, 2009 7:37 pm

    Ed McMahon was a house hold name in my house,Goodbye Ed .

  7. sudip Deb on June 24th, 2009 7:46 am

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  8. Gerard on June 24th, 2009 9:52 am

    Know longer a side kick may you rest in peace From one of your fans.Thanks.

  9. Movie Trivia Game on June 24th, 2009 1:34 pm

    RIP Ed McMahon. The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon is timeless Americana. Let us also not forget that Ed McMahon was the host of the Star Search game show, which was really the original American Idol if you think about it.

  10. D. Anderson on June 26th, 2009 1:47 pm

    Ed McMahon is right up with Bob Barker for the most memorable voices ever possessed by a human being; he’ll be missed

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