John Elmer "Jack" Carson (October 27, 1910 – January 2, 1963) was a Canadian-born American-based film actor.
Carson was one of the most popular character actors during the "golden age of Hollywood", with a film career spanning the 1930s, 1940s, and
1950s. Though he was primarily used in supporting roles for comic relief, his work in films such as Mildred Pierce (1945) and Cat on a Hot
Tin Roof (1958) displayed his mastery of "straight" dramatic actor roles as well. He worked for RKO and MGM (cast opposite Myrna Loy and
William Powell in Love Crazy), but most of his memorable work was for Warner Brothers. His trademark character was the wisecracking know-it-all,
typically and inevitably undone by his own smug cockiness. Radio was another source of employment for the team, starting with a 1938 appearance
on the Kraft Music Hall when Bing Crosby hosted the show. In 1942-1943, he was host of The Camel Comedy Caravan, and in the next season he
starred in The New Jack Carson Show, which debuted on CBS June 2, 1943. Charles Foster wrote about the show in Once Upon a Time in Paradise:
Canadians in the Golden Age of Hollywood: "It broke audience records regularly during the four years it was on the air. Hollywood's biggest
stars ... lined up to do guest spots on the show." In 1947-1948, he starred in The Sealtest Village Store".