Jack Harold Paar (May 1, 1918 – January 27, 2004)


May first in 1916, actor/comedian/TV host Jack Paar was born in Canton Ohio. He was an author, American 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."
           
He started in radio, filling in for Don McNeil on The Breakfast Club, and as summer replacement for Jack Benny.  Turning to TV he hosted two failed quiz shows (Up to Paar, Bank on the Stars) and did not make it big as host of CBS TV's "The Morning Show" opposite to NBC'x "Today" with Dave Garroway.. He had a short-lived ABC radio daytime show before he was tapped to host NBC's "Tonight Show", where he quickly became a sensation.  He hosted Tonight for 5 years, before tiring of the grind and switching to a weekly NBC variety series in 1962 that flopped. He owned and operated a TV station in Manchester, NH for many years. He died Jan. 27 2004 at age 87.
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