Director Dick Carson has died at the age of 92. He had been a long-time collaborator of Johnny Carson’s on The Tonight Show. He is a five-time Emmy-winning television director. Born in Clarinda, Iowa, Dick was the youngest of three children. He attended the University of Nebraska and served in the U.S. Navy. Afterward, he worked in the television industry and eventually became a producer on the popular late-night talk show.
Besides being a director on the “Tonight Show,” Carson also directed The Merv Griffin Show and the Don Rickles Variety Program. The director also worked on the Wheel of Fortune for two decades, before retiring in 1986. He was born on June 4, 1929, in Clarinda, Iowa, and was the third of three children. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and was named a Lieutenant General in the Marine Corps.
Before being named a host, Johnny Carson hired Dick Carson to work on the crew of “The Tonight Show” in N.Y. While on staff, he also directed musical acts, sketches, and guest appearances. After seven years, he relocated to California. There, he took over as the show’s director on the “Don Rickles Variety Show” and “The Sam Davis Show.” During his time on the show, Dick Carson also directed commercials, including many for the New York Giants and the Yankees.
After years of work on The Tonight Show, Dick Carson branched out into freelance directing. He later worked for the Merv Griffin Show for seven years, and then continued on the Tonight Show for nearly two decades. In addition, he directed Wheel of Fortune for 22 years. During the last decade of his career, he also earned several Daytime Emmys. Upon his death, he is survived by his wife, three children, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Dick Carson is a director on The Tonight Show, whose death is an emotional blow for the show’s producers and fans. The Tonight Show was a show for the ages of eight and up. He was the younger brother of Johnny Carson, who died in 2005. The family has released a statement stating that the director worked on The show for nearly seven years. After that, he joined the Don Rickles Variety Hour for eleven years.
The younger Carson’s brother, Johnny Carson, recommended him to join The Tonight Show in New York, where he directed musical talents, guest appearances, sketches, and skits. After seven years on the show, he returned to California where he directed several episodes of the Sam Davis Show and the Don Rickles variety show. His death, however, came as a shock to the television community.