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Also Known As: Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen Died: October 30, 2000
Born: December 26, 1921 Cause of Death: heart attack caused by a ruptured blood vessel suffered in minor traffic accident
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: composer, actor, author, comedian, TV host, xylophonist, disc jockey, political commentator, lyricist, wrestling match commentator

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Popular entertainment's jack-of-all-trades for more than 50 years, Steve Allen amassed a truly amazing body of work as an incredibly prolific talk show host, comedian, composer, actor, recording artist, playwright, lecturer and author. Emerging from the world of radio in the late-1940s, Allen moved to television where he hosted "Tonight Starring Steve Allen" (NBC, 1953-57), the late night talk show that laid the groundwork for Carson, Letterman and Leno. Also a talented musician, he composed over 8,000 songs in his lifetime, including the popular jazz standard "The Gravy Waltz" and his biggest hit, "This Could Be the Start of Something Big." For a time, he competed successfully opposite Ed Sullivan, even scooping the TV giant with Elvis Presley's first appearance on network television for an infamous performance on "The Steve Allen Show" (NBC, 1956-1960). In addition to his many stints as a talk/variety show host, he appeared as the emcee on the popular game show "I've Got a Secret" (CBS, 1964-1973), as well as the educational program "Meeting of Minds" (PBS, 1977-1981). If anything, Allen picked up the pace in the years after what many considered his heyday, recording several albums as a jazz...

Popular entertainment's jack-of-all-trades for more than 50 years, Steve Allen amassed a truly amazing body of work as an incredibly prolific talk show host, comedian, composer, actor, recording artist, playwright, lecturer and author. Emerging from the world of radio in the late-1940s, Allen moved to television where he hosted "Tonight Starring Steve Allen" (NBC, 1953-57), the late night talk show that laid the groundwork for Carson, Letterman and Leno. Also a talented musician, he composed over 8,000 songs in his lifetime, including the popular jazz standard "The Gravy Waltz" and his biggest hit, "This Could Be the Start of Something Big." For a time, he competed successfully opposite Ed Sullivan, even scooping the TV giant with Elvis Presley's first appearance on network television for an infamous performance on "The Steve Allen Show" (NBC, 1956-1960). In addition to his many stints as a talk/variety show host, he appeared as the emcee on the popular game show "I've Got a Secret" (CBS, 1964-1973), as well as the educational program "Meeting of Minds" (PBS, 1977-1981). If anything, Allen picked up the pace in the years after what many considered his heyday, recording several albums as a jazz pianist, writing more than 50 books and making the occasional acting appearance in productions like "St. Elsewhere" (NBC, 1982-88) and "Casino" (1995). Rightfully hailed as classic television's Renaissance man, Steve Allen earned his legendary status with a career so vast and varied, it nearly defied categorization.

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3.
 Casino (1995)
4.
 The Player (1992) Himself
5.
 Great Balls Of Fire (1989) Steve Allen
7.
 Amazon Women On The Moon (1987) Steve Allen ("Roast Your Loved One")
9.
 Ratings Game, The (1984) Himself
10.
 Stone (1979) Himself
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1942:
Began professional career as radio announcer, station KOY, Phoenix Arizona
1945:
First job as comedian, Mutual Broadcasting System
1949:
Film debut as writer (of narration) and performer, "Down Memory Lane"
1950:
Served as M.C. of "Songs for Sale"
1953:
First Broadway performance, "The Pink Elephant"
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Hosted "Tonight Show"
1955:
Wrote first book, "Fourteen For Tonight"
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Starred on prime time "The Steve Allen Show"; later title, "The Steve Allen Plymouth Show"
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Moderated "I've Got a Secret"
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Hosted syndicated talk show
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Hosted and wrote "The Meeting of the Minds" (PBS)
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Education

Hyde Park High School: Chicago , Illinois -
St Thomas the Apostle School: Chicago , Illinois -
Drake University: Des Moines , Iowa - 1941
Arizona State Teachers College: Tempe , Arizona - 1942

Notes

Inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1986

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wife:
Dorothy Goodman. Married on August 23, 1943; divorced in 1952; had three children.
wife:
Jayne Meadows. Actor. Married on July 31, 1954; had one son; survived him.

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mother:
Isabelle Allen. Vaudevillian.
father:
Carroll Allen. Vaudevillian.
son:
Stephen Allen. Physician. Mother, Dorothy Goodman; survived him.
son:
Brian Allen. Mother, Dorothy Goodman; survived him.
son:
David Allen. Mother, Dorothy Goodman; survived him.
son:
William Christopher Allen. TV executive. Mother, Jayne Meadows; survived him.
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"Fourteen For Tonight"
"Bop Fables"
"The Funny Men"
"The Girls on the Tenth Floor"
"The Question Man"
"Mark It and Strike It"
"Not All Your Laughter, Not All Your Tears"
"Letter to a Conservative"
"The Ground is Our Table"
"Bigger Than a Breadbox"
"A Flash of Swallows"
"The Wake"
"Princess Snip-Snip"
"Curses!"
"Schmock-Schmock!"
"What to Say When It Rains"
"Meeting of Minds"
"Chopped Up Chinese"
"Ripoff"
"Explaining China"
"Funny People"
"The Talk Show Murders"
"More Funny People"
"Beloved Son: A Story of the Jesus Cults"
"How to Make a Speech"
"How to Be Funny"
"Murder on the Glitter Box"
"Dumbth: And 81 Ways to Make Americans Smarter"
"Murder in Manhattan" Zebra Press
"Murder at the Atlantic"
"The Man Who Turned Back the Clock"
"The Bug, the Slug and the Rug"
"But, Seriously" Prometheus Books
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