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  • Doc Severinsen on Johnny Carson

    “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson”  bandleader Doc Severinsen shares his memories and impressions of his long-time friend and boss, Johnny Carson. He recalls the moment he realized that Carson had become a major star.

    Length: 1:40
    Doc Severinson, bandleader on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" -- Pioneers of Television | PBS
    Doc Severinsen on Johnny Carson
  • Dick Cavett on Meeting Johnny Carson

    Comedian and talk show host Dick Cavett recalls meeting a young Johnny Carson backstage at Carson’s magic show at a church basement in Lincoln, Nebraska.  At the time, Carson had his own television show in Omaha, Nebraska, but still worked … Continue reading

    Length: 2:37
    Dick Cavett -- Pioneers of Television | PBS
    Dick Cavett on Meeting Johnny Carson
  • Angie Dickinson on Becoming a Sex Symbol

    Actress Angie Dickinson became known as a Hollywood sex symbol through her early film appearances and in her groundbreaking role as Sgt. Leanne “Pepper” Anderson in “Police Woman.” She describes her feelings about it and her efforts to be considered … Continue reading

    Length: 1:42
    Angie Dickinson -- Pioneers of Television | PBS
    Angie Dickinson on Becoming a Sex Symbol
  • William Shatner on Nearly Being Choked to Death

    William Shatner made number guest appearances on TV Westerns before starring in “Star Trek.” Here he tells a story of an appearance on “Gunsmoke” when a fellow actor took his role as a bad guy a bit too far.

    Length: 1:31
    William Shatner -- Pioneers of Television | PBS
    William Shatner on Nearly Being Choked to Death
  • Stephen J. Cannell on Meeting James Garner

    Writer Stephen J. Cannell recalls the thrill of meeting his childhood idol, actor James Garner, on the set of “The Rockford Files.”  Garner had become a household name through his role in the Western series, “Maverick.”

    Length: 1:05
    James Garner -- Pioneers of Television | PBS
    Stephen J. Cannell on Meeting James Garner
  • Mary Anne King on Losing Her Magic Mirror

    “Romper Room” teacher Mary Anne King describes a mugging in California that left her without her iconic “magic mirror.”

    Length: 2:22
    Mary Anne King of "Magic Mirror" -- Pioneers of Television | PBS
    Mary Anne King on Losing Her Magic Mirror
  • Nichelle Nichols on Working with Leonard Nimoy

    Actress Nichelle Nichols (Lieutenant Uhura) describes trying to make serious co-star Leonard Nimoy (Spock) laugh during a pivotal scene in “Star Trek.”

    Length: 2:41
    Nichelle Nichols -- Pioneers of Television | PBS
    Nichelle Nichols on Working with Leonard Nimoy
  • Leonard Nimoy Before Spock

    Leonard Nimoy got his start in Science Fiction long before he became famous in the role of Spock on “Star Trek.” See a clip from an early B-movie, “Zombies of the Stratosphere.”

    Length: :39
    Video: Leonard Nimoy Before Spock, PBS Pioneers of Television
    Leonard Nimoy Before Spock
  • Behind the Scenes on “Romper Room”

    When working with groups of four- and five-year-olds on the set of the kids TV show  “Romper Room,” things didn’t always go according to plan. LA host Socoro Serrano shares stories of some of the funny things that happened behind … Continue reading

    Length: 2:33
    Romper Room Host Socoro Serrano -- Pioneers of Television | PBS
    Behind the Scenes on “Romper Room”
  • Betty White’s Favorite Late Night Skit

    Actress Betty White describes a favorite late night skit with Johnny Carson and what happens when everything goes wrong on live television.

    Length: 1:44
    Betty White -- Pioneers of Television | PBS
    Betty White’s Favorite Late Night Skit
  • Jonathan Winters on Performing with Dean Martin

    Comedian Jonathan Winters (1925–2013) recalls a favorite skit he performed with fellow comedian Dean Martin.

    Length: 2:24
    Jonathan Winters - Pioneers of Television | PBS
    Jonathan Winters on Performing with Dean Martin
  • Breaking Racial Barriers on “Daniel Boone”

    The Western series “Daniel Boone” was one of the few TV shows that cast minorities in key roles. The decision by actor Fess Parker (1924-2010) and his producers to confront racial barriers just as our nation wrestled with the civil … Continue reading

    Length: :52
    Fess Parker and Rosey Grier in "Daniel Boone" -- Pioneers of Television | PBS
    Breaking Racial Barriers on “Daniel Boone”
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