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EW remembers Jack Paar. From ''The Tonight Show'' to the ''Muppets,'' we take a look back

EW remembers Jack Paar

Jack Paar, who died at age 85 on Jan. 27 in Greenwich, Conn., was less a comedian than a mood-ian: grumpy, sentimental, or cheerful on any given night. Following Steve Allen and preceding Johnny Carson as host of ''The Tonight Show'' (1957 -- 62), Paar showcased everything from Richard Nixon on piano to the ''Muppets.'' His most famous moment occurred in 1960, when he walked off his show in tears after NBC censored a mild bathroom joke he'd taped the night before. Paar was delightfully impulsive, informal, polite yet pointed: unpaaralleled.

Originally posted Feb 06, 2004 Published in issue #749-750 Feb 06, 2004 Order article reprints