Saturday Night Live 1975 - 1976, 1989 - 1990, 1992 - 1996, 1999 - 2000, 2003 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)
Suddenly Susan 1975 - 1976, 1989 - 1990, 1992 - 1996, 1998 - 2001, 2003 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)
Ed McMahon became that rare pop cultural mainstay - more recognizable for the sound of his voice than any transcendent artistic talent. First and foremost, his nightly introduction of late-night TV icon Johnny Carson with his inimitable "<I>He</I>-eeeeeere's Johnny!" his "Hi-yo!" and unmistakable off-camera laugh made him one of the most lovable sidekicks in television history. McMahon came to engender the "second banana" - the professional co-host and the star's set-up man - leveraging his genial, Everyman<I>esque</I> celebrity into a raft of side projects and high-profile commercial spokesman jobs. His booming voice made him a journeyman announcer through the early days of television, until the portentous link-up with Carson on a 1950s game show that would lead to a 34-year collaboration with the legend, with 30 of those years on Carson's landmark stint as host of "The Tonight Show" (NBC, 1962- ). Having been a fixture in people's living rooms for decades and for famously giving out millions as spokesperson for Publisher's Clearing House, in 2008, many Americans were stunned to find the prolific McMahon had become one of the highest-profile victims of the U.S. mortgage meltdown, potentially losing his Beverly Hills estate.