John William "Johnny" Carson
23 October 1925 - 23 January 2005
Johnny Carson, host of NBC's The Tonight Show for nearly 30 years, died Sunday of emphysema.
Carson was host of the late-night talk show from 1 October 1962 to 22 May 1992, taking over from Jack Paar and handing off to Jay Leno. Under Carson, The Tonight Show earned 42 Emmy nominations and won seven trophies. Carson picked up a Golden Globe nomination in 1975, three years after moving the show from New York to Burbank, California.
Carson was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1987. An estimated 50 million people watched his final broadcast in 1992.
"And so it has come to this. I am one of the lucky people in the world. I found something that I always wanted to do and I have enjoyed every single minute of it. I bid you a very heartfelt goodnight."