Jun 23, 2009

I know a lot of people know Ed McMahon from his days on "The Tonight Show" w/ Johnny Carson, but I know him from his days as host of Star Search.  Boy, I loved that show as a child.  Rest in peace Mr. McMahon.

Ed McMahon, who gained fame as Johnny Carson's TV sidekick and later as a pitchman and host of the "Star Search" talent show, has died. He was 86.

McMahon served as commercial spokesman for Budweiser beer and annually co-hosted the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon. He also appeared in several films, including "The Incident" (1967), "Fun With Dick and Jane" (1977), "Full Moon High" (1981) and "Butterfly" (1982).

But his greatest fame was achieved during the 30 years he served as announcer on "The Tonight Show," introducing Carson with the trademark "Heeeere's Johnny!" and guffawing at his boss' jokes — even when the audience didn't.

More recently he made headlines for falling $644,000 in arrears on a $4.8 million loan for a home in Beverly Hills.

No cause of death was immediately given, but McMahon was hospitalized in February, suffering from pneumonia and bone cancer. (Source)



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