Ed McMahon
(1923 - 2009)

Ed McMahon

March 6, 1923

June 23, 2009

Edward Leo Peter "Ed" McMahon, Jr. (March 6, 1923 – June 23, 2009) was an American comedian, game show host, announcer, and television personality. Most famous for his work on television as Johnny Carson's announcer on Tonight Show from 1962 to 1992, and as the host of the talent show Star Search from 1983 to 1995, he later also became well-known as the presenter of American Family Publishers sweepstakes, which arrives unannounced at the homes of winners. He subsequently made a series of Neighborhood Watch Public Service Announcements parodying that role.

McMahon appeared in several films, including The Incident (1967), Fun With Dick and Jane (1977), Full Moon High (1981), and Butterfly (1982), as well as briefly in the film version of Bewitched (2005). According to Entertainment Weekly he is considered one of the "greatest sidekicks".

McMahon died at age 86 on June 23, 2009, at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. No formal cause of death was given, but McMahon had been suffering from pneumonia.

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Thanks Ed for the many, many hours of entertainment, and all the laughs with Johnny and Doc. Also, thank you for your service to our country. You will be missed! Rest in peace.
Donna Belk (fan)
June 23rd, 2009
This is sad news, but I'm sure he's smiling down and thankful for all the well wishes from fans. If only we all could live our lives with as much joy as Ed. May he rest in peace.
Jen Whitcomb (Irvine, CA fan)
June 23rd, 2009
He's made me laugh for over 4 decades and he and Johnny were nothing but electric. Rest in peace to a legend. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and those who knew him best. This man will always be remembered.
Joseph Campbell (FAN)
June 23rd, 2009
I remember watching him in the 70s growing up. He always had great presence and the ability to make people smile. It's a shame all the troubles he had to go through later in life. To his family, I offer my sincere sympathies and condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Alice Murphy (longtime fan)
June 23rd, 2009
This is very sad news to hear of Ed McMahon's deaath. You were such a treat to watch and I always felt a connection even though I never actually met you. We will always remember you. Rest in peace.
Carol Bertrand (fan)
June 23rd, 2009
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"Sincere condolences to his family."
Carol B
June 23rd, 2009
"May Ed McMahon's spirit live forever."
Jared Metzger
June 23rd, 2009


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