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Born: January 17, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Welch, West Virginia, USA Profession: actor, comedian, broadcaster, pet product salesman, assembly-line inspector (at Ford Motor Company), insurance salesman

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Armed with a wicked grin and a sense of humor that could pinball from folksy to salty within the same breath, Steve Harvey was among the most popular stand-up comics of the late 1990s and new millennium, and as such, parlayed his success into a variety of entertainment venues - from film and television to host of his own syndicated radio program. Like Bill Cosby and Robin Harris before him, Harvey was a keen observer of small-scale dramas within the African-American community - clashes of style and intent between churchg rs, neighbors and family members - and his material was honed through years of club dates before receiving its biggest showcase in Spike Lee's feature "The Original Kings of Comedy" (2000). A major hit, it paved the way for Harvey to become a TV star with "The Steve Harvey Show" (The WB, 1996-2002) and enjoy a modest career in features like "Johnson Family Vacation" and "You Got Served." But rather than pursue either medium, Harvey turned to radio, where his comedy - and considerable philanthropic pursuits - could receive a broad and largely unfiltered canvas. As both a performer and agent for positive change within his community, Harvey was among the most powerful and influential in...

Armed with a wicked grin and a sense of humor that could pinball from folksy to salty within the same breath, Steve Harvey was among the most popular stand-up comics of the late 1990s and new millennium, and as such, parlayed his success into a variety of entertainment venues - from film and television to host of his own syndicated radio program. Like Bill Cosby and Robin Harris before him, Harvey was a keen observer of small-scale dramas within the African-American community - clashes of style and intent between churchg rs, neighbors and family members - and his material was honed through years of club dates before receiving its biggest showcase in Spike Lee's feature "The Original Kings of Comedy" (2000). A major hit, it paved the way for Harvey to become a TV star with "The Steve Harvey Show" (The WB, 1996-2002) and enjoy a modest career in features like "Johnson Family Vacation" and "You Got Served." But rather than pursue either medium, Harvey turned to radio, where his comedy - and considerable philanthropic pursuits - could receive a broad and largely unfiltered canvas. As both a performer and agent for positive change within his community, Harvey was among the most powerful and influential in the entertainment industry.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Think Like a Man (2012)
5.
 Racing Stripes (2005) Voice Of Buzz
6.
 Johnson Family Vacation (2004) Max Johnson
7.
 You Got Served (2004) Mr Rad
8.
 Fighting Temptations, The (2003) Miles Smoke
9.
 Love Don't Cost a Thing (2003) Clarence Johnson
10.
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Moved with family from West Virginia to Cleveland, OH
1985:
Took a chance and won amateur night comedy contest at a Cleveland club
:
Clocked more than 120,000 miles in his car playing club dates in the U.S. and Canada
1993:
Was hit at "Just for Laughs" comedy festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
1993:
Had small role in feature film "Cliffhanger"
1994:
Co-hosted "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 1995" (ABC)
1994:
Began hosting syndicated "It's Showtime at the Apollo"
1994:
Starred on ABC sitcom "Me and the Boys"
1995:
Featured in own comedy special on HBO
1996:
Starred on "The Steve Harvey Show" (The WB)
2000:
Participated "The Kings of Comedy" tour with fellow performers D.L. Hughley, Bernie Mac, and Cedric the Entertainer
2000:
Served as host of the show-within-the-film in Spike Lee's "The Original Kings of Comedy"
2003:
Played Nick Cannon's father in the comedy "Love Don't Cost a Thing"
2003:
Starred in his own variety show "Steve Harvey's Big Time"
2004:
Appeared in the film "You Got Served"
2005:
Voiced Buzz in the animated feature "Racing Stripes"
2006:
Stand-up performance featured in the film "Don't Trip...He Ain't Through with Me Yet"
2009:
Appeared as himself in Tyler Perry's "Madea Goes to Jail"
2009:
Wrote the non-fiction book <i>Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment</i>
2010:
Replaced John O'Hurley as the host of long-running syndicated game show "Family Feud"
2012:
His book i>Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man</i> served as basis for the ensemble comedy "Think Like a Man"; also executive produced and made a cameo in film
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Education

Glenville High School: Cleveland , Ohio -
Kent State University: Kent , Ohio -

Notes

Harvey on why he does sitcoms: "It's flat-out cold cash. I don't know of anything else I could do legally that could make as much money as this and still let me go to bed at peace with myself." --quoted in Entertainment Weekly, December 16, 1994.

"I have a tendency to agree with what Bill Cosby said one time: If we are going to give America a drive-by view of us [African Americans], then it should always be a positive view, because the only way to help this whole situation is to show the other side. The news will show the negative because they sensationalize everything."--Steve Harvey in Los Angeles Times, October 18, 1994.

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wife:
Mary Lee Harvey. Born c. 1961; has son from previous relationship; met in 1989; married in 1996; mother of Harvey's son Wynton.

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father:
Jesse Harvey. Born in 1914; died on April 7, 2000 of black lung disease.
mother:
Eloise Harvey. Died of a stroke in 1997 at age 83.
daughter:
Brandi Harvey. Twin; born c. 1982; mother was Harvey's first wife.
daughter:
Karli Harvey. Twin; born c. 1982; mother was Harvey's first wife.
step-son:
Steven. Born c. 1985.
son:
Wynton Harvey. Born in July 1997; mother, Mary Lee Harvey.
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