Mc Mahon broke into TV in Philadelphia between missions of flying as a Marine fighter pilot in WWII and Korea. Television" and he was "hot" but after he returned from being called back to Korea, all his shows had died. he started his show biz career as a clown on the circus show "Big Top," which aired on TV in 1950.-'51 and in 1953 he did a five-minute late-night TV spot called "Cold Opening." Then came a commercial for Cheer and being an announcer on "Who Do You Trust? In 1962 he started "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson, where he became the most famous second banana in America.He was with Johnny for four years before "The Tonight Show," making a total of 34 years they were together. That stuff you saw us do was all ad-lib banter." Mc Mahon left the show just before Johnny retired in March 1992.He also presented sweepstakes for the direct marketing company American Family Publishers (not, as is commonly believed, its main rival Publishers Clearing House).Mc Mahon annually co-hosted the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon from 1973 to 2008."I miss the free-for-all when you didn't know what he was going to bring up. Other TV shows include being host of the series "Whodunnit?" 1979 and beginning in 1983, host of "Star Search." Married to Alyce Ferrell, 1944-76, they had four kids.Leila Stonehouse, 82, who bought her flat in Evenlode 26 years ago for £15,554, said: “They must be kidding.
He is most famous for his thirty year run on NBC television as Johnny Carson's sidekick, announcer and second banana on The Tonight Show from 1962 through 1992 and on Carson's earlier ABC game show Who Do You Trust?
He was sure he was going to win, but he came in second to Ray Goulding.
When Goulding moved on to Boston, the people at the station remembered Mc Mahon had come in second and he was asked to take over Goulding's old job.
Edward Peter Leo Mc Mahon, Jr., was born on March 6, 1923, in Detroit, Michigan.
After WWII, Ed Mc Mahon started his entertainment career in radio, later moving onto TV and his role at Johnny Carson's side on Performer.