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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.
 Love Don't Cost a Thing (2003) Clarence Johnson
9.
 Fighting Temptations, The (2003) Miles Smoke
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
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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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