Dick Carson, Emmy-Winning Director and Brother of Johnny Carson, Dies at 92

Dick Carson, the five-time Emmy winner who directed episodes of The Merv Griffin Show, Wheel of Fortune, and The Tonight Show for his elder brother, Johnny Carson, has died at 92 years old.

His family announced that Carson died Dec. 19 at his home in Studio City after a brief illness.

Dick Carson relocated from Los Angeles to New York to oversee The Tonight Show shortly after Johnny informed him that he had been appointed to replace Jack Paar on the NBC late-night show in 1962 charitable programs.

Griffin remarked in his DGA interview that his first talk show was created at CBS to compete with The Tonight Show.

His wife of 33 years, Karlyn, survives, as do his children Douglas, Christopher, and Kathleen; grandkids Lindsey, Melissa, and Chase; and great-granddaughter Peyton. Patricia, his first wife of 34 years, died in 1986.

Donations in his memory can be donated to the Minutes Matter Emergency Services Campaign at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center.


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