Night host opposite Johnny Carson in the mid-sixties.
He lasted 2 years.
He had a certain charm, and was extremely good-looking.
His gimmick was a studio audience in the round, and Les used a shotgun microphone to take questions from audience members.
It was very effective.
But his ratings were never more than anemic.
Everyone watched and loved Johnny.
And Les was soon enough left in the dust.
Virtually never to be heard from again.
He had a hit record, "Desiderata"
After that, nothing.
As the talk-show wound down, ABC stopped paying for Crane's limo service.
How do I know this?
My father was his limo driver.
And was he was left holding the bag when Crane didn't pay his limo bill.
So what do you do, if you're my father, you hire a collection agency to recover what you can.
In this case, $1500.
My father did not hesitate to sic-the-goons on Les..
So the goons were sic'ed on Les, and after crying "foul" to my father, and Les whipped out his
checkbook. The goons took their cut. And that was that.
By the way, Les was married to Tina Louise at the time.
Yes, THAT Tina Louise.
They were divorced shortly thereafter.
And Les was officially a deadbeat.
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