Ed McMahon Biography (1923-)

Full name, Edward Leo Peter McMahon, Jr.; born March 6, 1923, in Detroit, MI;raised in Lowell, MA; son of Edward Leo (an entertainer and fund-raiser) andEleanor (maiden name, Russell) McMahon; married Alyce Furrel (some sources spell surname as Ferrill), July 5, 1945 (some sources cite 1949; divorced 1976); married Victoria Valentine, March 6, 1976 (some sources cite 1977; divorced 1989); married Pamela Hurn (a fashion designer), February 22, 1992; children: (first marriage) Claudia, Linda, Jeffrey, Michael Edward; (second marriage) Katherine Mary.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, television announcer, producer
Birth Details
March 6, 1923
Detroit, Michigan, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Circus clown, Big Top (also known as Sealtest Big Top), WCAU (Philadelphia, PA), 1950-51
  • Cohost, Home Highlights, WCAU, c. 1950-51
  • (Uncredited) Announcer, Bandstand (also known as AB, American Bandstand, American Bandstand 1966, New American Bandstand, and VH1s Best of "American Bandstand"), WFIL (Philadelphia, PA)and ABC, 1952-58
  • Host, Get Happy, WCAU, c. 1954
  • On-camera announcer, Two for the Money, CBS, 1957
  • Announcer, Who Do You Trust?, ABC, 1957-62
  • Announcer, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1962-92
  • Host, Missing Links, NBC, 1963-64
  • Guest host, The Match Game, NBC, c. 1967-68
  • Host, Snap Judgment, NBC, c. 1967-69
  • Host, Concentration, NBC, 1969
  • Host, Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater (also known as TheChrysler Theater, NBC Adventure Theater, and Universal Star Time), NBC, 1971-72
  • Host, Whodunnit?, NBC, 1979
  • Host, Star Search (also known as Ed McMahon's "Star Search"), syndicated, 1983-95
  • Cohost, TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes (also known as SuperBloopers & New Practical Jokes), NBC, 1984-93
  • Voice of the engineer's henchman, Bruno the Kid (animated), syndicated, 1996-97
  • Charles "Charlie" Dickerson, The Tom Show, The WB, 1997-98
  • Host, Next Big Star (also known as Ed McMahon's "Next Big Star"), PAX TV, beginning 2001
  • Host of Fun and Fortune, presenter of McMahon and Company,performer in Strictly for the Girls, and cohost of The Take Ten Show, all WCAU.
  • Miniseries
  • Marvin "Marv" Jordan, The Golden Moment--An Olympic Love Story, NBC, 1980
  • Lou Parker, The Star Maker, NBC, 1981
  • The 100 Most Memorable TV Moments, TV Land, 2004
  • The 100 Most Unexpected TV Moments, TV Land, 2005
  • Movies
  • Fred Walker, The Kid from Left Field, NBC, 1979
  • Henry Sherman, The Great American Traffic Jam (also known as Gridlock), NBC, 1980
  • Grandpa Bozell, "Safety Patrol!" (also known as "Disney's `Safety Patrol'"), The Wonderful World of Disney, ABC, 1998
  • Specials
  • Narrator, "The Enormous Egg," NBC Children's Theater, NBC, 1968
  • Bartender and announcer, Swing Out, Sweet Land, NBC, 1970
  • Host, Ed McMahon and His Friends ... Discover Wet at Cypress Gardens, NBC, 1972
  • The Stars and Stripes Show, NBC, 1972, 1976
  • Floyd Whittaker, Lucy Calls the President (also known as The Lucille Ball Special), CBS, 1977
  • The Mad Mad Mad Mad World of the Super Bowl, NBC, 1977
  • Good Old Days Part II (also known as Dick Clark's "Good Ol' Days Part II"), 1978
  • Host, Legends of the Superheroes, 1979
  • The Celebrity Football Classic, NBC, 1979
  • Announcer, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 19th Anniversary Special, NBC, 1981
  • Host, The All-Star Salute to Mother's Day, NBC, 1981
  • Cohost, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 20th Anniversary Special, NBC, 1982
  • Host, Television's Greatest Commercials, NBC, 1982, 1983
  • Announcer, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 21st Anniversary Special, NBC, 1983
  • Steve Martin's The Winds of Whoopie, NBC, 1983
  • Cohost, Lou Rawls Parade of Stars, 1984
  • Cohost, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 22nd Anniversary Special, NBC, 1984
  • Cohost, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 23rd Anniversary Special, NBC, 1985
  • Guest, Bob Hope Buys NBC?, NBC, 1985
  • Carson's Comedy Classics, syndicated, 1985
  • Christmas with Friends, NBC, 1985
  • (In archive footage) The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years, 1986
  • NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration, NBC, 1986
  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 24th Anniversary Special,NBC, 1986
  • Lifetime Salutes Mom, Lifetime, 1987
  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 25th Anniversary Special,NBC, 1987
  • "Mickey's 60th Birthday Special," The Magical World of Disney, NBC, 1988
  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 26th Anniversary Special,NBC, 1988
  • The Hollywood Christmas Parade, syndicated, 1988, 1989
  • There Really Is a Santa Claus, syndicated, 1989
  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 27th Anniversary Special,NBC, 1989
  • Host, International Star Search, syndicated, 1989, 1990, 1992
  • Host, The Greatest Practical Jokes of All Time, NBC, 1990
  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 28th Anniversary Special,NBC, 1990
  • 2 Years ... Later, NBC, 1990
  • Host from Hollywood, Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon (also known as MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon), syndicated, 1990, 1997
  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 29th Anniversary Special (also known as Johnny Carson's 29th Anniversary), NBC, 1991
  • Yellow Ribbon Party (also known as Bob Hope's Yellow Ribbon Celebration), NBC, 1991
  • Host from Disney-MGM Studios, Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade, ABC, 1992
  • Grand marshal, King Orange Jamboree Parade, NBC, 1993
  • Laughing Matters (also known as Funny Business), Showtime,1993
  • Walt Disney World Journey into Magic, 1993
  • The Wonderful World of Disney: 40 Years of Television Magic, ABC,1994
  • Himself, "Weird Al" Yankovic: (There's No) Going Home, The DisneyChannel, 1996
  • Host, Benny Goodman's Greatest Hits, PBS, 1997
  • The Best of Muppets Tonight!, ABC, 1997
  • Narrator, Miss Patti Page: The Singing Rage, PBS, 1998
  • Coming Home: The Veteran Experience in America, History Channel, 1998
  • Dog Tales, USA Network, 1998
  • Jerry Seinfeld: "I'm Telling You for the Last Time," HBO, 1998
  • Himself, It's Only Talk: The Real Story of America's Talk Shows, Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Himself, Let Me In, I Hear Laughter: A Salute to the Friars, Cinemax, 1999
  • Voice, ABC 2000: The Millennium, ABC, 1999
  • The Great American History Quiz, History Channel, 1999
  • Himself, Laugh Out Loud: TV's 15 Greatest Comedians, Arts and Entertainment, 2002
  • Himself, TV's Most Memorable Weddings, NBC, 2003
  • An Evening of Stars 25th Anniversary: Tribute to Lou Rawls, NBC, 2004
  • Appeared in other specials, including several telecasts of the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon (also known as MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon), beginning in the 1960s.
  • Awards Presentations
  • Presenter, The Ninth Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame, The Disney Channel, 1993
  • The Second Annual TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV (also known as The Second Annual TV Land Awards), TV Land and Nickelodeon,2004
  • Episodic
  • Mystery guest, What's My Line, CBS, 1967
  • Host, The Kraft Music Hall, NBC, c. 1968
  • Himself, "Lucy and Johnny Carson," Here's Lucy, CBS, 1969
  • Make Your Own Kind of Music, NBC, 1971
  • Ed McCallister, "Lucy, the Wealthy Widow," Here's Lucy, CBS, 1973
  • Himself, "Celebrity Roast: Ed McMahon," The Dean Martin Show (alsoknown as The Dean Martin Comedy Hour), NBC, 1973
  • Lamont Franklin, "The Adventure of the Eccentric Engineer," Ellery Queen, NBC, 1976
  • Himself, "Roller Disco: Parts 1 & 2," CHiPs (also known as CHiPs Patrol), NBC, 1979
  • "Remote Control Man," Amazing Stories (also known as Steven Spielberg's "Amazing Stories"), NBC, 1985
  • "Tonight, Tonight: Parts 1 & 2," ALF, NBC, 1988
  • Himself, "The Mighty Gorga," Movie Macabre (also known as Elvira's "Movie Macabre"), syndicated, c. 1988
  • Himself, "Star Search," Full House, ABC, 1989
  • Frank Tuttle, "The Nice Man Cometh," Newhart, CBS, 1989
  • Himself, "A Well-Kept Housekeeper," Who's the Boss?, ABC, 1991
  • Himself, "Crappy Birthday," Living Single (also known as My Girls), Fox, 1993
  • Himself, "Hank's Wedding," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1993
  • Big Hank Whittaker, "Who Killed the Host at the Roast?," Burke's Law, ABC, 1994
  • Detective Salsbury, "The Big Jack Attack," Nurses, NBC, 1994
  • Himself, "Halloween: The Final Chapter," Roseanne, ABC, 1995
  • Himself, "The Commercial," Malcolm and Eddie (also known as Topof the Stairs), UPN, 1997
  • Muppets Tonight, ABC, 1997
  • Chaplain Flaherty, "Shipping Out," The Army Show, The WB, 1998
  • Himself, "Ben Rubenstein, Meet Joe Black," Suddenly Susan, NBC, 1998
  • Himself, "Rodney Dangerfield: Respect at Last," Biography (also known as A&E Biography: Rodney Dangerfield), Arts and Entertainment,1998
  • Voice, "Treehouse of Horror IX," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1998
  • Narrator, Intimate Portrait: Jenny Jones, Lifetime, 1998
  • Himself, "Jenny Jones," Biography (also known as A&E Biography: Jenny Jones), Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Himself, "Prelude to a Kiss," Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (also known as Sabrina and Sabrina Goes to College), ABC, 1999
  • Sean, "Come Fly with Me," Baywatch (also known as Baywatch Hawaii), syndicated, 1999
  • At Home with ... , CBS, 1999
  • Himself, "Ed McMahon: America's Sidekick," Biography (also known as A&E Biography: Ed McMahon), Arts and Entertainment, 2000
  • Himself, "Finch on Ice," Just Shoot Me!, NBC, 2000
  • Himself, Richard Simmons: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2000
  • Himself, "The Brain Game," Popular, The WB, 2001
  • Himself, Jenny Jones: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2001
  • Himself, "Road Trip," That '80s Show (also known as Eighties), Fox, 2002
  • Himself, Pia Zadora: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! EntertainmentTelevision, 2002
  • Voice, "The Queen Is Wild/Back to the Academy," Duck Dodgers (animated; also known as Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century), Cartoon Network, 2003
  • Voice, "When You Wish upon a Weinstein," Family Guy (animated; also known as Padre de familia and Padre del familia), Fox, 2003
  • Himself, Classmates, 2003
  • Himself, "Degas Away with It," Las Vegas (also known as CasinoEye), NBC, 2004
  • Himself, "Our Sauce, It Is a Beauty," It's All Relative, ABC, 2004
  • Voice of tugboat captain hero, "Smells Like a Mystery/Ship Ahoy!," Higglytown Heroes (animated), The Disney Channel, 2004
  • E! 101 Most Awesome Moments in Entertainment (also known as E's"101"), E! Entertainment Television, 2004
  • (In archive footage) 101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments (also known as E's "101"), E! Entertainment Television, 2004
  • $25 Million Dollar Hoax, NBC, 2004
  • Himself, "Holiday Moments," TV Land's Top Ten, TV Land, 2005
  • Himself, "My Roommates," Scrubs, NBC, 2005
  • Appeared in episodes of other series, including Aunt Molly and Ed,WCAU (Philadelphia, PA); DreamMaker (also known as Richard Simmons' DreamMaker), syndicated; and Phenom, ABC.
  • Television Guest Appearances
  • Episodic
  • Rowan & Martin's "Laugh-In" (also known as Laugh-In), NBC, 1968, 1969, 1970
  • The Flip Wilson Show, NBC, 1972, 1973
  • The Hollywood Squares, NBC and syndicated, multiple episodes in 1976
  • The Jacksons, CBS, 1976
  • Dinah! (also known as Dinah! & Friends), syndicated, 1977
  • The John Davidson Show, syndicated, 1981
  • Burt Wolf/Eating Well, PBS, 1992
  • The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1998
  • The Daily Show (also known as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Global Edition), Comedy Central, 1999
  • The List, VH1, 1999
  • Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 2000
  • The New Tom Green Show, MTV, 2003
  • Larry King Live, Cable News Network, 2003, 2005
  • Live with Regis and Kelly, syndicated, 2005
  • Today (also known as NBC News Today and The Today Show), NBC, 2005
  • The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, multiple episodes in 2005
  • The Tony Danza Show, syndicated, 2005
  • Television Appearances
  • Pilots
  • That McMahon's Here Again (some sources cite title as Here's That McMahon Again), WCAU (Philadelphia, PA), 1950
  • 20th Century Follies, ABC, 1972
  • ALF's Hit Talk Show, TV Land, 2004
  • Other
  • Appeared in Against the Odds, PBS.
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Executive producer, Star Search (also known as Ed McMahon's "Star Search"), syndicated, 1983-95
  • Executive producer, Next Big Star (also known as Ed McMahon's "Next Big Star"), PAX TV, beginning 2001
  • Producer of Strictly for the Girls and coproducer of The Take Ten Show, both WCAU (Philadelphia, PA).
  • Specials
  • Assistant to the producers, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 29th Anniversary Special (also known as Johnny Carson's 29th Anniversary), NBC, 1991
  • Film Appearances
  • Narrator, Dementia (also known as Daughter of Horror), VanWolfe/American International Pictures, 1955
  • Bill Wilks, The Incident, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1967
  • Duncan, Slaughter's Big Rip Off (also known as Slaughter 2), American International Pictures, 1973
  • Arab horseman, The Last Remake of Beau Geste, Universal, 1977
  • Charlie Blanchard, Fun with Dick and Jane, Columbia, 1977
  • Colonel William P. Walker, Full Moon High (also known as Moon High), Filmways, 1982
  • Mr. Gillespie, Butterfly, Analysis Film Releasing, 1982
  • (Uncredited) Himself on television, Pink Cadillac, Warner Bros., 1989
  • Himself, Love Affair, Warner Bros., 1994
  • Himself, Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's (documentary), Northern Arts Entertainment, 1996
  • Governor, For Which He Stands, 1996
  • Luncheon chair, Just Write, Curb Entertainment International, 1997
  • Baxter, Mixed Blessings, Dreamfactory, 1998
  • Al Ross, The Vegas Connection, Pacific Films, 1999
  • Himself, Pitch People (documentary), CS Associates, 1999
  • Himself, Bewitched, Columbia, 2005
  • Himself, The Weather Man (also known as El hombre del tiempo, O sol de Cada Manha, and Saeaemies), Paramount, 2005
  • Stage Appearances
  • The Impossible Years, Playhouse Theatre, New York City, c. 1965
  • Radio Appearances
  • Series
  • Host of Lifestyles Live, Cable Radio Network and USA Radio Network; host of segments on Monitor, NBC Radio. Appeared in shows broadcastby the radio network WCAU (Philadelphia, PA).
  • Internet Work
  • Series
  • Creator and director, Ed McMahon's Next Big Star, Victory Entertainment, www.nextbigstar.com, beginning c. 2000
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • The Johnny Carson Collection, His Favorite Moments from the Tonight Show--'80s and '90s: The King of Late Night, 1994
  • Audiobooks
  • Barbara Paul, "Appetites," Murder to Go, New Star Media, 1993
  • Albums
  • And Now, Here's Ed McMahon, Cameo-Parkway, early 1960s
  • WRITINGS
  • Teleplays
  • with Others; Series
  • Big Top (also known as Sealtest Big Top), WCAU (Philadelphia, PA), 1950-51
  • Writer for Strictly for the Girls, WCAU.
  • Nonfiction
  • Ed McMahon's Barside Companion, World Publishing, 1969
  • Slimming Down, Grosset & Dunlap, 1972
  • (With Carroll Carroll) Here's Ed; or, How to Be a Second Banana, fromMidway to Midnight (autobiography; also known as Here's Ed and Here's Ed: The Autobiography of Ed McMahon), Putnam, 1976
  • The Art of Public Speaking, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1986
  • (With Warren Jamison) Ed McMahon's Superselling: Performance Techniques for High Volume Sales, Prentice-Hall, 1989
  • (With David Fisher) For Laughing Out Loud: My Life and Good Times,Warner Books, 1998
  • Here's Johnny! My Memories of Johnny Carson, the Tonight Show, and 46Years of Friendship, Rutledge Hill Press, 2005
  • Humor
  • (Editor) Grin and Beer It, Pyramid Publications, 1976

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • Entertainment Weekly, May 27, 1994, p. 93; April 8, 2005, pp. 28-35

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