Jack Paar

Active - 1948 - 2004  |   Born - May 1, 1918 in Canton, Ohio, United States  |   Died - Jan 27, 2004   |   Genres - Drama, Comedy, Film, TV & Radio, Culture & Society, Musical

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  • Contracted tuberculosis when he was 14, and dropped out of school at 16.
  • Overcame a stuttering problem to become a successful radio announcer.
  • During WWII, entertained the troops overseas after being drafted.
  • Made national headlines in 1960 after he walked off The Tonight Show when NBC censored a joke about a "water closet." He returned three weeks later.
  • Had performance footage of the Beatles on his NBC variety series a month before their breakthrough appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.