On this day in 2009, United States Marine Corps veteran, comedian, game show host and announcer, “The Human Laugh Track”, “Toymaker to the King”, Ed McMahon died at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles at the age of 86. Born Edward Peter McMahon, Jr. on 6 March 1923 in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Lowell, Massuchusetts. Perhpaps best known as Johnny Carson’s sidekick and the host of The Tonight Show from 1962 to 1992. He also co-hosted the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. McMahon introduced each night’s episode of The Tonight Show with a drawn-out “Heeeeeere’s Johnny!” and served as the on air sounding board for Carson’s jokes. McMahon was married three times; Alyce Ferrill (1945-1974 divorce), Victoria Valentine (1976-1989 divorce), Pam Hurn (1992-2009 his death). The Final Footprint – McMahon was cremated.
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