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Jack Harold Paar (May 1, 1918 – January 27, 2004) was an American author, radio and television comedian and talk show host, best known for his stint as host of The Tonight Show from 1957 to 1962. Time magazine's obituary noted that: "His fans would remember him as the fellow who split talk show history into two eras: Before Paar and Below Paar."

Fact file

  • Birth name: Jack Harold Paar
  • Born: May 1, 1918 Canton, Ohio, U.S.
  • Died: January 27, 2004 (aged 85) Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.
  • Medium: Television
  • Nationality: American
  • Years active: 1948–1998
  • Genres: Observational comedy
  • Subject(s): Everyday life, American culture
  • Influences: Will Rogers, Jack Benny
  • Influenced: Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, Robert Klein, Alan King, George Carlin, Don Rickles, Tom Snyder, David Letterman, Bob Costas, Jay Leno, Robin Williams, Ben Stiller, Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • Spouse: Irene Paar (twice divorced) Miriam Wagner (1943–2004, his death)
  • Notable works and roles: Host of Tonight Starring Jack Paar (NBC)

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March 29, 1962, marked the end of a late-night TV era, when the pioneering "Tonight Show" host took his final bow

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