Jack Paar

TV Personality

Born: 1 May 1918
Died: 27 January 2004
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio
Best known as:

The Tonight Show host before Johnny Carson

Jack Paar is best known for hosting the Tonight Show from 1957 to 1962. He gained a reputation as a thinking man's talk show host, and also for a certain emotional sensitivity: in one famous 1960 incident he stormed off the set during a broadcast after a network censor had edited one of his jokes. A few weeks later he returned to the show with the quip, "As I was saying before I was interrupted..." Paar stepped down for good in 1962 and was replaced by Johnny Carson.

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