Jack Harold Paar was born on May 1, 1918, in Canton, Ohio. He began his career as a radio announcer in the Midwest. During World War II, he entertained troops in the South Pacific. Appearing in films and on radio, Paar may be best remembered as a legendary television talk pioneer, as well as host of 'The Tonight Show' from 1957 to 1962. He became popular with viewers due to his ability to engage in conversation with guests that went above and beyond the usual generic chat. Jack Paar died on January 27, 2004.
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IMDb: Jack Paar
Biography, credits, and related career information.
PBS: American Masters: Jack Paar
Detailed profile highlighting his achievements in television. Related links.
TVParty: Great TV Goodbyes
Career profiles and listings of personal goodbyes, including Jack Paar's from this television show. Audio clips of his leaving and return, as well as an interview clip with Judy Garland.
New York Times: Jack Paar, 85, Former 'Tonight' Show Host, Dies
Obituary notice. General overview of his life and work. (January 27, 2004)
Jacksonville.com: Jack Paar: A TV pioneer turns 80
Article written by Frazier Moore around the time of Paar's 80th birthday. Extends birthday greetings as well as what should be done to honor him. (April 30, 1998)
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