Jack Paar, the emotional host of THE TONIGHT SHOW on the NBC network was called the “King of Late Night Television” during his late night reign from 1957-62.
When Johnny Carson took over as host of the program, he proclaimed himself the “Prince of Late Night Television” since the title of “King” was already taken.
Note: As a child, Jack Paar stuttered badly. Attempting to cure himself of this embarrassing condition, he followed the advice of the ancient Greek orator, Demosthenes (a stutterer) who cured himself by filling his mouth with pebbles and making speeches to the sea. Having no seas near Canton, Ohio, Paar made do with his living room and buttons from his mother’s sewing basket.
He later went to work at a Michigan radio station at the age of 16 and began his climb up the ladder to celebrity status. During highly emotional events Paar exhibited traces of stuttering.
Born on May 1, 1918 in Canton, Ohio, Jack Paar died on January 27, 2004 (age 85) in Greenwich, Connecticut.