Johnny Carson Net Worth 2020, Biography, Education and Career.
Johnny Carson Net Worth 2020 – When talking about people whose memories will never be washed off in sands of time, Johnny Carson is one of them. Johnny was an American comedian and talk show host who hosted The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson for 30 solid years (1962 – 1992).
John William Carson was born on 23rd October 1925 in Corning, Iowa, in the US. His father Homer Lloyd Carson worked as a power company manager. His mother’s name was Ruth Elizabeth Carson.
After Carson purchased a magic kit at the age of twelve, he started entertaining his family and friends with card tricks. Soon, he began to do stage performances as well as perform at country fairs.
He grew up in different towns – Avoca, Clarinda, and Red Oak in southwest Iowa before moving to Norfolk, Nebraska at the age of eight where he began developing his entertainment skills.
After Johnny found a book on magic at a friend’s place at the age of 12, he straightway, bought a magic kit and began practising his skills on friends and family members using card tricks.
He got the needed support early enough from his family, who didn’t shoo him off but encouraged him.
In fact, his mom was one of his first biggest fans, at the age of 14, his mother sewed him a cape, and his first performance was staged in front of the local Kiwanis Club – where he debuted as “The Great Carsoni” and was paid $3 a show.
Many other performances soon followed at local picnics and country fairs. To earn additional money, Johnny got a part-time job at the Granada Theater where he worked as a movie usher selling Saturday Evening Post subscriptions from door-to-door.
As a high school student, Carson also developed his skill in comedy and writing by writing a humor column for the Norfolk High newspaper, he also contributed random notes of levity to the school’s yearbook.
It was not until after high school that Carson encountered Hollywood for the first time. Determined to try out his entertainment skills, Johnny hitchhiked to Hollywood but was arrested and fined $50 for impersonating a midshipman – well this story has often regarded as an apocryphal.
Shortly after graduating, he joined the US Navy. However, he never fought in a battle during his short time at the army. During his time at the Navy, he also performed magic tricks for James Forrestal, U.S. Secretary of the Navy.
Carson joined the United States Navy in 1943, received a V-12 Navy College Training Program training at Columbia Universit and Millsaps College respectively. He was commissioned an ensign and assigned to the USS Pennsylvania in the Pacific.
While in the Navy, Johnny was well known for his entertainment skills and for being a source of comic relief when needed.
After his discharge from the Navy, Carson entered the University of Nebraska where he bagged a degree in journalism with the intention of pursuing a career as a comedy writer.
When he this wasn’t working out, he switched to radio and speech. He earned $1 a week writing comedy program on Lincoln’s KFAB radio station titled Eddie Sosby and the Radio Rangers.
Carson’s broadcasting career kicked off properly in 1950 after he bagged a B.A in Radio and Speech with a minor in Physics the previous year. He first began with hosting a morning program on Omaha’s WOW-TV, titled The Squirrel’s Nest.
He also served as a disc jockey on the WOW radio. In no time, Johnny increased his earnings by taking up jobs as master of ceremonies (MC) at local church dinners, attended by some of the same politicians and civic leaders whom he had ridiculed on the radio.
Carson’s rise to stardom came in 1951 when a friend recommended him for the job of a staff announcer at KNXT-TV in L.A. This opportunity gave rise to a Sunday afternoon broadcast, called Carson’s Cellar, which was budgeted at 25 dollars per show.
As his popularity on the show grew, a great fan of the show named Red Skelton, hired Carson as a writer and supporting player on his CBS-TV program.
Then came the stroke of luck – during a rehearsal one night, Skelton couldn’t perform because he was down with cold and Carson had to replace him as the clown prince of the night and that was it.
Carson from that moment went from hosting one show to the other – including The Johnny Carson Show, Earn Your Vacation, Who Do You Trust?(Do You Trust Your Wife?). He was a guest, then regular panelist on the show To Tell the Truth, from 1960 – 1962.
Due to the success of Carson’s skills on ABC’s Who Do You Trust?, NBC invited him to come take over The Tonight Show which was first hosted by Steve Allen, and then Jack Paar – Jack Paar left the show in 1962.
Johnny initially refused the offer as he saw it as a great challenge interviewing celebrities for 120 minutes. But after the likes of Jackie Gleason, Bob Newhart, Joey Bishop and Groucho also turned down the job, NBC approached Carson convincing him he was the man for the job. So he signed on with NBC in 1962 and ran it successfully for 30 years.
Johnny Carson was a great show host and comic who revolutionized and one of the key figures who gave birth to the format now used by many late-night talk shows.
He died in 2005 at the age of 79, and at the time of his death, his fortune was estimated to be about “$300 Million” as of October 2020. Though he was paid well through his shows, he also had interests in two television stations.
David Letterman, who hosted one of the most iconic late-night shows, The Letterman Show, has stated that Johnny Carson influenced him to follow this career. Before his passing, and even today, many have been inspired by Carson to join the show business and comedy business.