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Ed McMahon

Highest Rated:   97% Paul Williams Still Alive (2012)
Lowest Rated:   25% Bewitched (2005)
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"Professional sidekick" Ed McMahon attended 15 schools while growing up in Detroit, New Jersey, New York City and Massachusetts; his father was a part-time plumber and entertainer, whose work in both fields kept the family forever on the go. The 15-year-old McMahon's first appearance before a microphone was as the "caller" at a bingo game in Maine; he was 15 years old. He spent the next three years touring the state fair and carnival circuit then worked his way through Boston College as a jack-of-all-trades at a Lowell, Massachusetts radio station. After World War II service, McMahon found work as a sidewalk pitchman, which paid his tuition at Catholic University in Washington D.C. As a journeyman television performer in the 1950s, McMahon delivered vegetable-slicer TV commercials, hosted a late-night interview show in Philadelphia and briefly appeared as a clown on the CBS kiddie show Big Top. In 1959, MacMahon was hired as the announcer/straight man on Who Do You Trust?, a daytime quiz program hosted by Johnny Carson. When Carson succeeded Jack Paar on NBC's Tonight Show, he took MacMahon with him; both men remained with Tonight until Carson's retirement in 1992. On his own, MacMahon has continued making commercial appearances for a multitude of products, starred in straw-hat theatre productions (The Music Man is his favorite), played straight supporting roles in such films as The Incident (1967) and Slaughter's Big Rip-Off (1973), lent a comedic turn to the Larry Cohen horror comedy Full Moon High (1982), and hosted the popular TV talent contest Star Search. McMahon died in June 2009 at age 86; though no cause of death was officially given, he had been suffering from cancer and pneumonia.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
97% Paul Williams Still Alive
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Jelly
  • Mr. Closure
2011
No Score Yet The Last First Comic
  • Actor
2010
80% Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Pioneers of Television
  • Actor
2008
58% The Weather Man
  • Himself
2005
25% Bewitched
  • Himself
2005
No Score Yet Safety Patrol (Disney's Safety Patrol)
  • Grandpa
1998
No Score Yet Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet For Which He Stands
  • Actor
1996
31% Love Affair
  • Himself
1994
No Score Yet Full Moon High
  • Col. William P. Walker
1982
No Score Yet The Star Maker
  • Lou Parker
1981
No Score Yet Great American Traffic Jam
  • Actor
1980
33% The Last Remake of Beau Geste
  • Arab Horseman
1977
No Score Yet Lucy Calls the President
  • Actor
1977
60% Fun with Dick and Jane
  • Charlie
1977
No Score Yet Slaughter's Big Rip-Off
  • Duncan
1973
83% The Incident
  • Bill Wilks
1967
No Score Yet Daughter of Horror
  • Narrator
1957
No Score Yet Daughter of Horror
  • Actor
1955
No Score Yet The Kid from Left Field
  • Actor
1953
No Score Yet Return to Iwo Jima
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Host
No Score Yet Full House
1987-1995
  • Himself

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