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Ed McMahon dead at 86

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 23rd 2009 9:22AM
Tonight ShowLongtime Johnny Carson announcer and sidekick Ed McMahon has passed away at age 86.

This probably isn't a surprise to most people, since McMahon has been in poor health for a number of years and also injured his neck severely in a fall in his home in 2007.

McMahon is best known, of course, for being the announcer and couch mate for Carson on The Tonight Show for 30 years. McMahon also hosted the original version of Star Search for many years, co-hosted Bloopers and Practical Jokes with Dick Clark, and was a staple of the annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon every September. Besides appearing in a number of TV shows and movies, he was also a spokesman for American Family Publishers (though, oddly, every single joke about these commercials with the giant checks and McMahon mentions Publisher's Clearing House for some reason).

McMahon died at Ronald Reagan/UCLA Medical Center in L.A.

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Did you also know he was a Colonel and a pilot in the Marines?
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June 24 2009 at 2:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

While Ed McMahon may be best known as Johnny Carson's sidekick, his list of accomplishments beyond "The Tonight Show" is impressive. Here's a look at Ed's career, his booming laugh will be sorely missed. http://www.getback.com/gallery/heeeerrrre-s-ed-mcmahon/2986658

June 24 2009 at 2:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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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.

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June 24 2009 at 12:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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