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Johnny Carson Net Worth 2020, Biography, Education, Career and Death

Johnny Carson Net Worth 2020, Biography, Education, Career, and Death.

Johnny Carson Net Worth 2020Talking about people whose memories will never be washed off in sands of time, Johnny Carson is one of them.

Johnny Carson Net Worth 2020

Johnny was an American comedian and talk show host who hosted The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson for 30 solid years (1962 – 1992)


Johnny was born in Corning, Iowa, on October 23, 1925, as John William Carson to a  power company manager, Homer Lloyd “Kit” Carson and his beautiful wife, Ruth Elizabeth (Hook) Carson – who was of Irish descent.

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 practicing 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 Carson” 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.


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 has 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 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.

Johnny Carson Net Worth

Johnny Carson was an American talk show host and cultural icon who had a net worth of $300 million.


The TV legend died in January 2005 at the age of 79. Carson who had been a chain smoker for many years announced in 2002 that he was suffering from emphysema.