Paar began his broadcasting career in radio, working first in Cleveland, Ohio and later, throughout the Midwest. After World War II, Paar tried his hand at acting and comedy, frequently appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show. It was during an impressive stint as a guest host on Jack Benny's radio show that he caught the attention of NBC officials who eventually offered him his most well known role, host of the Tonight Show. Paar hosted the Tonight Show from 1957 to 1962, and during 1959 it was known as The Jack Paar Show.
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