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Ed McMahon was the announcer on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, made famous through his banter and his opening introduction, 'Heeeere's Johnny!'
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and Full Moon High (1981). More recently, McMahon appeared as himself in Love Affair
(1994), starring Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, and earned a measure
of praise for his supporting role on the short-lived 1997-1998 sitcom The Tom Show, starring Tom Arnold. In 1998, McMahon published a popular autobiography, For Laughing Out Loud: My Life and Good Times (he had previously published another memoir, Here's Ed, in 1976).
McMahon and his first wife, Alyce Ferrell, married while he was in college and had four children—Claudia, Michael, Linda, and Jeffery—before divorcing in 1976. With his second wife, Victoria Valentine, McMahon adopted a daughter, Katherine. McMahon and Valentine divorced in 1989. He married Pamela Hurn in March 1992.
McMahon was extremely active in various charities. He made frequent appearances with Jerry Lewis on the Muscular Dystrophy Association annual telethon, served on the board of the Marine Corps Scholarship Fund, and also supported the United Negro College Fund.
McMahon died on June 23, 2009. He was suffering from bone cancer, among other illnesses, at the time. He was 86 years old.
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