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

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Born Broderick Stephen Harvey, Steve Harvey was a professional comedian, actor, host, producer and author. Named Broderick by his coal miner father Jesse Harvey and his mother Eloise Vera, Harvey's given first name was in honor of actor Broderick Crawford, an actor on "Highway Patrol" (1955-59), a syndicated crime television show. Harvey was born in West Virginia, but his family relocated to Cleveland, Ohio, where Harvey attended high school and lived on a street that in 2015 was rechristened "Steve Harvey Way." Harvey graduated high school and attended college as an undergraduate at two universities, Kent State and West Virginia University. Harvey began performing standup comedy in the early 1980s. It was a struggle, and Harvey was homeless for several years, sleeping in his car when he was unable to afford lodging. In a 1990 Johnnie Walker Comedy Search Contest, Harvey became a finalist, a break that led him to his first professional television hosting opportunity, replacing comedian Mark Curry as the host of "It's Showtime at The Apollo" ( NBC, 1987-2008). His work led to his starring role on "Me & the Boys" (ABC, 1994-95) and his own show "The Steve Harvey Show" (WB, 1996-02). Harvey was also the...

Born Broderick Stephen Harvey, Steve Harvey was a professional comedian, actor, host, producer and author. Named Broderick by his coal miner father Jesse Harvey and his mother Eloise Vera, Harvey's given first name was in honor of actor Broderick Crawford, an actor on "Highway Patrol" (1955-59), a syndicated crime television show. Harvey was born in West Virginia, but his family relocated to Cleveland, Ohio, where Harvey attended high school and lived on a street that in 2015 was rechristened "Steve Harvey Way." Harvey graduated high school and attended college as an undergraduate at two universities, Kent State and West Virginia University. Harvey began performing standup comedy in the early 1980s. It was a struggle, and Harvey was homeless for several years, sleeping in his car when he was unable to afford lodging. In a 1990 Johnnie Walker Comedy Search Contest, Harvey became a finalist, a break that led him to his first professional television hosting opportunity, replacing comedian Mark Curry as the host of "It's Showtime at The Apollo" ( NBC, 1987-2008). His work led to his starring role on "Me & the Boys" (ABC, 1994-95) and his own show "The Steve Harvey Show" (WB, 1996-02). Harvey was also the host of the weekday morning radio program "The Steve Harvey Morning Show" (2000-). Harvey was also the host of "Steve Harvey" (syndicated 2012-17) and in 2017 it was announced that Harvey would host another syndicated talk show "Steve," premiering in the autumn of that year. Harvey was also the author of the self-help books "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man" and "Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find and Keep a Man." Harvey also began hosting the long-running game show "Family Feud" (Syndicated 1999- ) in 2010 and hosted the prime-time spinoff "Celebrity Family Feud" (ABC 2015- ), as well as "Little Big Shots" (NBC 2016- ) and competition series "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (ABC 2017- ). Harvey also took over as host of the Miss Universe pageant in 2015.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Think Like a Man (2012)
2.
 Think Like a Man (2012)
6.
 Racing Stripes (2005) Voice Of Buzz
7.
 You Got Served (2004) Mr Rad
8.
 Johnson Family Vacation (2004) Max Johnson
9.
 Fighting Temptations, The (2003) Miles Smoke
10.
 Love Don't Cost a Thing (2003) Clarence Johnson
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1993:
Had small role in feature film "Cliffhanger"
1985:
Took a chance and won amateur night comedy contest at a Cleveland club
1993:
Was hit at "Just for Laughs" comedy festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
1994:
Co-hosted "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 1995" (ABC)
1995:
Featured in own comedy special on HBO
2000:
Served as host of the show-within-the-film in Spike Lee's "The Original Kings of Comedy"
2003:
Starred in his own variety show "Steve Harvey's Big Time"
1996:
Starred on "The Steve Harvey Show" (The WB)
1994:
Starred on ABC sitcom "Me and the Boys"
2005:
Voiced Buzz in the animated feature "Racing Stripes"
2004:
Appeared in the film "You Got Served"
1994:
Began hosting syndicated "It's Showtime at the Apollo"
2000:
Participated "The Kings of Comedy" tour with fellow performers D.L. Hughley, Bernie Mac, and Cedric the Entertainer
2003:
Played Nick Cannon's father in the comedy "Love Don't Cost a Thing"
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"
2010:
Replaced John O'Hurley as the host of long-running syndicated game show "Family Feud"
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>
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
1990:
Became finalist in Johnnie Walker Comedy Search Contest
2016:
Began hosting "Little Big Shots"
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Education

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

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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