Ed McMahon Dead At 86
June 23, 2009 at 5:58 AM (PT)
EDWARD LEO PETER "ED" MCMAHON, JR. has died at age 86. MCMAHON was most famous for his work on television as JOHNNY CARSON's announcer on THE 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, and as DICK CLARK's co-host on "TV BLOOPERS AND PRACTICAL JOKES."
His first broadcasting job was at WLLH-AM in LOWELL, MASSACHUSETTS, and he began his television career in PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA at WCAU-TV. In the 1950s, he emceed the game shows MISSING LINKS, SNAP JUDGMENT, CONCENTRATION, and WHO DUNNIT?. MCMAHON most recently hosted a syndicated weekend radio show, "LIFESTYLES," for USA RADIO NETWORK and was featured in commercials for CASH4GOLD and other advertisers..