Ed McMahon

Announcer, TV host, TV personality
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 ... Read more »
Born: 03/06/1923 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (137)

Burke's Law 1975 - 1976, 1989 - 1990, 1992 - 1996, 1998 - 2001, 2003 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Full House 1989 - 1990, 1993 - 1994, 1999 - 2000, 2003 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

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Just Shoot Me 1999 - 2000, 2003 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living Single 1989 - 1990, 1992 - 1996, 1999 - 2000, 2003 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

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Malcolm and Eddie 1989 - 1990, 1993 - 1996, 1999 - 2000, 2003 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nurses 1993 - 1994, 1999 - 2000, 2003 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

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Popular 1975 - 1976, 1989 - 1990, 1992 - 1996, 1999 - 2001, 2003 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rachael Ray 2003 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

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Saturday Night Live 1975 - 1976, 1989 - 1990, 1992 - 1996, 1999 - 2000, 2003 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Suddenly Susan 1975 - 1976, 1989 - 1990, 1992 - 1996, 1998 - 2001, 2003 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pioneers of Television 2008 (Tv Show)

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Dog Whisperer 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Alf's Hit Talk Show 2003 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bewitched 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The $25 Million Hoax 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Weather Man 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Las Vegas 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Guy 2003 (Tv Show)

Voice

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003 (Tv Show)

Host

TV's Most Memorable Weddings 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Ed McMahon's Next Big Star 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Laugh Out Loud: TV's 15 Greatest Comedians 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

That '80s Show 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

At Home With... 1998 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Jenny Jones: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Ed McMahon: America's Sidekick 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Jenny Jones 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Richard Simmons: The E! True Hollywood Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Baywatch 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Jenny Jones 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Miss Patti Page: The Singing Rage 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Pitch People 1999 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Army Show 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great American History Quiz 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Just Write 1998 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Rodney Dangerfield: Respect at Last 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Larry Sanders Show 1992 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 1998 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Tom Show 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Benny Goodman's Greatest Hits 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Mixed Blessings 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

For Which He Stands 1996 (Movie)

Governor (Actor)

Ed McMahon's Star Search 1983 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

King Orange Jamboree Parade 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Love Affair 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Phenom 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Presenter

Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Burt Wolf/ Eating Well 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

International Star Search 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

2 Years... Later 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope's Yellow Ribbon Party 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Super Bloopers & New Practical Jokes 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

International Star Search 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Greatest Practical Jokes of All Time 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollywood Christmas Parade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

There Really Is a Santa Claus 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

International Star Search 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Mickey's 60th Birthday Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollywood Christmas Parade 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Lifetime Salutes Mom 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope Buys NBC? 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Carson's Comedy Classics 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas With Friends 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Television's Greatest Commercials 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Steve Martin's The Winds of Whoopie 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Television's Greatest Commercials 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Television's Greatest Commercials 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Television's Greatest Commercials 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Butterfly 1981 (Movie)

Mr Gillespie (Actor)

Full Moon High 1981 (Movie)

Mr Walker (Actor)

The All-Star Salute to Mother's Day 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Star Maker 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Celebrity Football Classic 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Whodunit? 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lucille Ball Special 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Fun With Dick and Jane 1977 (Movie)

Charlie Blanchard (Actor)

The Mad Mad Mad Mad World of the Super Bowl 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Remake of Beau Geste 1976 (Movie)

Arab Horseman (Actor)

The Stars and Stripes Show 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

20th Century Follies 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC Adventure Theater 1970 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Slaughter's Big Rip-Off 1972 (Movie)

Duncan (Actor)

The Stars and Stripes Show 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Incident 1967 (Movie)

Bill Wilks (Actor)

Who Do You Trust? 1957 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

CHiPs (TV Show)

Actor

Dog Tales (TV Show)

Actor

Laughing Matters (TV Show)

Actor

Safety Patrol (TV Show)

Actor

The Kid From Left Field (TV Show)

Actor

The List (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Alyce Ferrill

Wife
Married 1945 Divorced 1976

Pam McMahon Producer

Wife
Married Feb. 22, 1992 until his death June 23, 2009

Edward McMahon

Father

Eleanor McMahon

Mother

Claudia McMahon

Daughter
Mother, Alyce Ferrill

Katherine McMahon

Daughter
Born December 2, 1983 adopted by Ed and his second wife Victoria in 1985

Linda McMahon

Daughter
Mother, Alyce Ferrill

Jeffrey McMahon

Son
Born in 1960 mother, Alyce Ferrill

Michael McMahon

Son
Born in April 1951 mother, Alyce Ferrill died of cancer on July 28, 1995

Lex McMahon

Step-Son
Pam's biological son that Ed adopted after their wedding in 1992

Victoria Valentine

Wife
Married 1976 Divorced 1989

EDUCATION

The Catholic University of America

Washington, Washington D.C. 1949
Returned to studies after completing his military service

Boston College

Boston, Massachusetts
Interrupted studies to serve in the military for WWII

The Catholic University of America

Washington, Washington D.C. 1949
Returned to studies after completing his military service

Milestones

2005

Penned second book <i>Here's Johnny!: My Memories of Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show, and 46 Years of Friendship</i>

2004

Was the announcer and co-host of "Alf's Hit Talk Show" (TV Land)

2001

Returned to weekly TV as host of "Ed McMahon's Next Big Star" (PAX-TV); also produced

2000

Was the subject of the A&E's Biography segment "Ed McMahon: America's Sidekick"

1998

Published his autobiography <i>For Laughing Out Loud: My Life and Good Times</i>

1998

Played a grandfather in the ABC TV-movie "Safety Patrol"

1997

Had regular role on the sitcom "The Tom Show" (WB) playing the host of a morning talk show

1994

Played himself in the feature film "Love Affair"

1991

Hosted a number of ABC specials "Super Bloopers & New Practical Jokes" alongside Clark

1983

Hosted the syndicated TV talent show, "Ed McMahon's Star Search"

1982

Co-hosted a series of NBC specials, "Television's Greatest Commercials"

1982

Co-hosted with Dick Clark NBC's "TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes"

1981

Had supporting role in the instant camp classic "Butterfly" featuring Pia Zadora

1981

Co-starred in the NBC miniseries "The Star Maker"

1980

Featured in the NBC TV-movies "The Great American Traffic Jam" and "The Golden Momemt - An Olympic Love Story"

1979

Acted in the TV-movie "The Kid From Left Field"

1979

Hosted the short-lived NBC game show "Whodunit?"

1977

Co-starred with Jane Fonda and George Segal in "Fun With Dick and Jane"

1973

Returned to films after a six-year absence in "Slaughter's Big Rip-Off"

1972

Headlined the NBC comedy special "Ed McMahon and His Friends ... Discover Cypress Gardens"

1967

First notable acting role, "The Incident"

1967

Hosted the NBC game show, "Snap Judgment"

1963

Hosted the game show "Missing Links" (NBC)

1962

Worked alongside Johnny Carson as the announcer and sidekick on NBC's "The Tonight Show"

1957

First worked with Johnny Carson, as announcer and host on the daytime gameshow "Who Do You Trust?" (ABC)

1950

Performed as a clown on "The Big Top" (CBS)

1949

Began his television career as on-air personality in Philadelphia, PA at WCAU-TV

1938

Began his career as a bingo caller in Maine when he was 15

Served in the US Marines during WWII; earned wings at Pensacola Naval base and became a fighter pilot instructor

With Clark, became a commercial spokesperson for American Family Publishers

First broadcasting job was at WLLH-AM in Lowell, MA

Bonus Trivia

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In June 2008, it was announced that McMahon is $644,000 behind on payments on $4.8 million in mortgage loans and is fighting to avoid foreclosure on his multimillion-dollar Beverly Hills home. McMahon has also been sued by Citibank for $180,000. McMahon appeared on "Larry King Live" (CNN) on June 5, 2008 with his wife to talk about this situation.

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In March 2008, it was announced McMahon was recovering from a broken neck and two subsequent surgeries. He was injured in 2007 in a fall.

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McMahon has lent his talents as announcer each year to Jerry Lewis' Labor Day Telethon to fight Muscular Dystrophy.

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McMahon received the Man of the Year humanitarian award from the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation (1981)

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On Feb. 27, 2009, McMahon's rep, Howard Bragman, admitted that the 85-year-old former Star Search host had been in intensive care at a Los Angeles hospital for several weeks for pneumonia and other unspecified ailments.

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