Johnny Carson Net Worth
Johnny Carson net worth: Johnny Carson was an American talk show host and cultural icon who had a net worth of $300 million. Johnny Carson was born on October 23, 1925, in Corning, Iowa and died January 23, 2005 in West Hollywood, California. Carson hosted "The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson Show" for 30 years straight, from 1962 until 1992. His influence on American pop culture can not be over emphasized. During that 30 year run, Johnny Carson launched the careers of hundreds of future super stars including comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, David Letterman and even his future replacement Jay Leno. Comedians lived and died by Johnny's invitation to perform on the show and possibly even join him on the couch for an interview after their set. When Johnny died, he left roughly $200 million to his charity, The Johnny Carson foundation. At the peak of his show in 1991, he earned $25 million per year in salary which is equal to roughly $40 million in today's dollars. Carson won six Emmy Awards as well as the Governor's Award from the Television Academy and a Peabody Award. In 1987 he was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. Carson received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and a Kennedy Center Honor. He served in the United States Navy and graduated from the University of Nebraska. Carson was a magician and started his broadcast career on the radio in 1950 in Omaha. He began hosting the morning TV series The Squirrel's Nest where he did stunts including interviewing pigeons. He was featured on the low-budget sketch series Carson's Cellar from 1951 to 1953 and hosted the game show Earn Your Vacation in 1954. He also hosted The Johnny Carson Show on CBS from 1955 to 1956 but it was considered a failure. Johnny Carson was married three times and had three children. He passed away at 79 years old from respiratory failure related to emphysema.