Ed McMahon

Biography: "Professional sidekick" Ed McMahon attended 15 schools while growing up in Detroit, New Jersey, New York City and Massachusetts; his father was a part-time plumber and entertainer, whose work in both fields kept the family forever on the go. The 15-year-old McMahon's first appearance before a microphone was as the "caller" at a bingo game in Maine; he was 15 years old. He spent the next three years touring the state fair and carnival circuit then worked his way through Boston College as a jack-of-all-trades at a Lowell, Massachusetts radio station. After World War II service, McMahon found work as a sidewalk pitchman, which paid his tuition at Catholic University in Washington D.C.

As a journeyman television performer in the 1950s, McMahon delivered vegetable-slicer TV commercials, hosted a late-night interview show in Philadelphia and briefly appeared as a clown on the CBS kiddie show Big Top. In 1959, McMahon was hired as the announcer/straight man on Who Do You Trust?, a
"Professional sidekick" Ed McMahon attended 15 schools while growing up in Detroit, New Jersey, New York City and Massachusetts; his father was a part-time plumber and entertainer, whose work in both fields kept the family forever on the go. The 15-year-old McMahon's first appearance before a microphone was as the "caller" at a bingo game in Maine; he was 15 years old. He spent the next three years touring the state fair and carnival circuit then worked his way through Boston College as a jack-of-all-trades at a Lowell, Massachusetts radio station. After World War II service, McMahon found work as a sidewalk pitchman, which paid his tuition at Catholic University in Washington D.C.

As a journeyman television performer in the 1950s, McMahon delivered vegetable-slicer TV commercials, hosted a late-night interview show in Philadelphia and briefly appeared as a clown on the CBS kiddie show Big Top. In 1959, McMahon was hired as the announcer/straight man on Who Do You Trust?, a daytime quiz program hosted by Johnny Carson. When Carson succeeded Jack Paar on NBC's Tonight Show, he took McMahon with him; both men remained with Tonight until Carson's retirement in 1992. On his own, MacMahon has continued making commercial appearances for a multitude of products, starred in straw-hat theatre productions (The Music Man, is his favorite), played straight supporting roles in such films as The Incident (1967) and Slaughter's Big Rip-Off (1973), and hosted the popular TV talent contest Star Search.
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Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 30 Oct 1, 1991 Star 1.0
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 29 Oct 2, 1990 Star tbd
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 27 Oct 10, 1988 Star tbd
tbd Star Search (1983): Season 1 Sep 17, 1983 Host tbd
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 18 Oct 8, 1979 Star tbd
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 15 Oct 8, 1976 Star tbd
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 12 Oct 19, 1973 Star tbd
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 11 Oct 2, 1972 Star tbd
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 10 Oct 13, 1971 Star tbd
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 9 Oct 19, 1970 Star tbd
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 8 Jan 15, 1970 Star tbd
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 7 Jan 1, 1969 Star tbd
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 6 May 15, 1968 Star tbd
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 5 Oct 21, 1966 Star tbd
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 4 Oct 27, 1965 Star tbd
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 3 Nov 23, 1964 Star tbd
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 2 Oct 31, 1963 Star tbd
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 1 Oct 1, 1962 Star 10
tbd American Bandstand: Season 3 Aug 31, 1959 Announcer (1952-1958) tbd
tbd Star Search (1983): Season 2 Sep 10, 1983 Host tbd
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 13 Oct 1, 1962 Star tbd
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 14 Oct 1, 1962 Star tbd
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 16 Oct 1, 1962 Star tbd
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 17 Oct 1, 1962 Star tbd
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 19 Oct 1, 1962 Star tbd
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 20 Oct 1, 1962 Star tbd
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 21 Oct 1, 1962 Star tbd
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 22 Oct 1, 1962 Star tbd
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 23 Oct 1, 1962 Star tbd
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 24 Oct 1, 1962 Star tbd