The Elvis of hosting, he was an Emmy-winning host of NBC's Tonight show from 1961 to 1992.
He worked as a magician and served in the United States Army.
He was a television host and comedian for 30 years, interviewing many celebrities.
He got married 4 times: first to Joan Morrill (Jody) Wolcott on October 1, 1949, then to Joanne Copeland on August 17, 1963, to Joanna Holland on September 30, 1972, and finally to Alexandra (Alexis) Maas on June 20, 1987. He spent the last years of his life on his yacht.
David Letterman has remarked that he was influenced by his style of late show hosting.