Johnny Carson's Malibu Beach Home Unequaled late-night talk show host Johnny Carson was a standout among entertainers, to which his 30-year longevity on air is testament. Though three preceded him in the genre: Arthur Godfrey, Steve Allen and Jack Parr, it was Carson who became - and still is - the icon of late-night talk shows. He sent Americans to bed each night with a smile on their face and was instrumental in boosting the careers of many entertainers we still enjoy today including Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, Roseanne Barr, David Letterman and Jay Leno. An invitation to appear on Carson’s “The Tonight Show” was the #1 goal of most up-and-coming artists who knew that if they made it there, they could look forward to a successful career. Though his television success, where his quick wit and cool sophisticated comedy, appeared to define the man, off stage Johnny was a totally different person. He described himself as a loner who liked his life that way.