Johnny Carson | 1971-74, 1962

Carson wins our award for MVP of the Emmys, ushering winners to the stage four years in a row. Perhaps the Emmys was just a warm-up -- Carson went on to host the Academy Awards five times between 1978-1983. Pictured here is <a href="http://projects.latimes.com/hollywood/star-walk/johnny-carson/">Carson</a> on the first day of what would become 30 influential years as host of "The Tonight Show."

( Library of Congress / NY World Co. / June 3, 2013 )

Carson wins our award for MVP of the Emmys, ushering winners to the stage four years in a row. Perhaps the Emmys was just a warm-up -- Carson went on to host the Academy Awards five times between 1978-1983. Pictured here is Carson on the first day of what would become 30 influential years as host of "The Tonight Show."

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