John William Carson was an American talk show host and comedian. Johnny Carson was well known for his casual conversation and extensive interviews with his gusts approach which was inspired by Arthur Godfrey and Steve Allen. Let’s find out how much is Johnny Carson’s net worth.
Johnny Carson Early Life
On October 23, 1925, John William Carson was born to Homer Lloyd Carson and Ruth Elizabeth Carson in the city of Corning, Iowa. Johnny Carson had a flair for entertainment from an early age when, at the age of 12, he used to perform magic tricks for the family.
Carson served in the military when he joined the United States Navy in 1943 and was trained in the V-12 Navy College Training Program at Columbia University. He was enlisted and was posted on USS Pennsylvania during World War 2 where he served as a communications officer, decoding encrypted messages.
He took advantage of the educational opportunities in Navy and earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Radio and Speech from the University of Nebraska in 1949. He wrote his thesis on ‘How to Write Comedian Jokes’ which helped him graduate in three years.
Johnny Carson Career, Awards & Achievement
Carson’s entertainment career began in 1950 at WOW radio and television in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1951, he was referred to an up and coming television station in California, KNXT, where he had his own show called Carson’s Cellar, which had a massive cult following. This following attracted the eye of comic Red Skelton who offered Carson a job as his writer in 1954. Other than Carson’s Cellar, Johnny also hosted shows like Earn Your Vacation and a variety show The Johnny Carson Show.
Tonight on NBC was a late-night show which was a counterpart of the Today show on NBC. Back then Tonight show was quite experimental but saw much success with original host Steve Allen who was later replaced by Jack Paar. After Carson’s fame from an ABC show, NBC invited him to take over Tonight show before Paar’s departure. Though Carson eventually declined, due to a fear of interviewing guests for 105 hours, he later n February 1962 accepted the offer.
Johnny Carson finally starred as a host on October 1, 1962. Though he had some trouble in the beginning, he soon gained confidence with the interviews. Even though the show saw much success with its previous hosts, Johnny Carson elevated the show to new levels.
He brought many new aspects to the show which vibrates in the late shows today. Ed McMohan, who previously worked with Carson on ABC, came and joined him as his announcer and sidekick. Carson had a trademark phantom golf swing which has been copied and varied by many hosts today.
Awards & Achievements
Johnny Carson was a great show and comedic act and has been awards like six Emmy Awards, Television Academy’s 1980 Governor’s Award and a Peabody Award in 1985. Carson has been given the honour of being inducted into the Television Academy Hall of fame in 1992, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992 and Kennedy Center Honor in 1993.
Net Worth of Johnny Carson
Johnny Carson was a great show host and comic who revolutionized and one of the key figures who gave birth to the format now used by many late-night talk shows. He died in 2005 at the age of 79, and at the time of his death, his fortune was estimated to be about “$300 Million”. Though he was paid well through his shows, he also had interests in two television stations.
David Letterman, who hosted one of the most iconic late night shows The Letterman Show, has stated that Johnny Carson influenced him to follow this career. Before his passing, and even today, many have been inspired by Carson to join the show business and comedy business.