Former Tonight Show Announcer Ed McMahon Dead at 86

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Former Marine Colonel, Tonight Show Announcer and Star Search Host Ed McMahon passed away today, June 23 2009. He was 86. McMahon had been battling pneumonia at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles for several weeks. Although he most famous for his role on the Tonight Show, was also constantly working spokesman for products like Alpo, Publishers Clearing House and most recently Cash4Gold. Not many people know this, but he also had a film career appearing in films like, The Incident (1967), Fun With Dick and Jane (1977), Full Moon High (1981), and Butterfly (1982) .

McMahon is survived by 5 children and his wife Pam Hurn.

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2 thoughts on “Former Tonight Show Announcer Ed McMahon Dead at 86

  1. RIP Ed McMahon. The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon is timeless Americana. Let us also not forget that Ed McMahon was the host of the Star Search game show, which was really the original American Idol if you think about it.

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