The man who spent 30 years welcoming television viewers with the iconic greeting, "H-e-e-e-e-e-ere's Johnny!" famous has died. Ed McMahon was 86. McMahon passed away shortly after midnight at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. His wife Pam and other family members were by his side.
To remember McMahon, BWW Photographer Walter McBride has assembled a collection of his favorite photos that he was honored to be able to take of the beloved television personality.
The former "Tonight Show" sidekick had been plagued with various health problems lately, including bone cancer. In 2007, the announcer fell and broke his neck, which prevented him from working. Since then, he had a series of public financial problems. Recently, he made news for the foreclosure on his home.
Born in Los Angeles, McMahon began his TV career at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia. He went on to host a variety of game shows in the 1950s, until he met Johnny Carson on the set of "Who Do You Trust?" The two left the show in 1962 and the rest is now television history. McMahon appeared on Broadway in The Impossible Years in 1965.
McMahon is survived by his wife and five children. His son Michael died in 1995.
Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.
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Ed McMahon and Sinbad
Sinbad and Ed McMahon
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As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP. |