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Ed McMahon - Biography of Sweepstakes Celebrity Ed McMahon

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Sweepstakes Celebrity Ed McMahon.

Sweepstakes Celebrity Ed McMahon.

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Who Was Ed McMahon?:

Anyone who grew up watching Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show is familiar with Ed McMahon's voice. Mc Mahon did the famous introduction for The Tonight Show, calling out his catchphrase, "Heeeeeere's Johnny," every night.

Ed McMahon worked on The Tonight Show for 30 years, from 1962 to 1992 and for a long-running stint on Star Search from 1983 to 1995. He also appeared in several movies.

Perhaps his most famous role, however, was as a spokesperson for magazine company American Family Publishers. The company held large sweepstakes, and Ed McMahon would show up unannounced at the winners' doors with their prize.

Ed McMahon and Publishers Clearing House:

Many people associate Ed McMahon with Publishers Clearing House, but actually he and Dick Clark worked for a different company, American Family Publishers.

American Family Publishers was a less well-known competitor of Publishers Clearing House, who also ran large sweepstakes. People have been confusing Ed McMahon's job at AFP with a role with Publishers Clearing House for years.

You can see a American Family Publishers commercial featuring Ed McMahon on YouTube.

Ed McMahon's Personal Life:

Date of Birth: March 6, 1923.

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California.

Marriages: Ed McMahon was married three times.

Children: Six children, three girls and three boys. One son died in 1995.

Military Service: Ed McMahon served as a fighter pilot in the US military. He served in World War II and the Korean War.

Date of Death: June 23, 2009.

Cause of Death: Ed McMahon suffered from bone cancer and various other health problems. He died peacefully at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in California at the age of 86.

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