Johnny Carson retired from show business on May 22, 1992, when he stepped down as host of The Tonight Show. In January of 2005, at age 79, Carson died of respiratory failure caused by emphysema.
Here is the monologue from Johnny Carson's final "The Tonight Show" on May 22, 1992 shared by CNN.
Johnny Carson was on born on October 23, 1925 in Corning, Iowa. After college he worked as a television writer for Red Skelton's show. He moved to New York City and in 1962 Carson replaced Jack Paar as host of "The Tonight Show" for an Emmy Award-winning run that lasted three decades. Carson's 1992 final appearance as host attracted an estimated 50 million viewers.
Johnny Carson has become a television icon, best known for being the host of The Tonight Show for thirty years. After serving in the military and getting a start with a career in radio, he influenced the world of talk shows and entertained millions. Here are five facts you may not know about Johnny Carson shared by axs.com.