The King of Late Night
• Born John William Carson on October 23, 1925 in Corning, Iowa
• At the age of 14, Carson performed magic for $3 an appearance
• Joined the Navy in 1943 and received officer training at Columbia University and Millsaps College
• Began his broadcasting career in 1950 at WOW radio and television in Omaha, Nebraska
• Carson's first successful show was called Who Do You Trust?
• Carson was invited by NBC to become the host of Tonight
• In May 1972, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson moved to Burbank, California. Shows rarely ever move cities.
• Carson is most famous for his comedic characters which include: Art Fern, Carnac the Magnificent, and Floyd R. Turbo
• In the mid 1970s, Carson became the highest paid personality on television, earning about $4 million a year ($14,316,000 today)
• In 1981, Carson created the John W. Carson Foundation to support children
• Carson retired for show business on May 22, 1992 at age 66
• Carson had a list of pre-written answers to answer questions from journalists
• Carson was married three times, two of which he got a divorce and one where he stayed married until his death
• Carson was a major investor in the DeLorean Motor Company (the company of the car that appeared in the Back to the Future Trilogy)