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Steve Allen

1921-12-26 New York City, New York, USA

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Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen was an American television personality, radio personality, musician, composer, actor, comedian, writer, and advocate of scientific skepticism. In 1954, he achieved national fame as the co-creator and first host of The Tonight Show, which was the first late night television talk show. Though he got his start in radio, Allen is best known for his extensive network television career. He gained national attention as a guest host on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts. After he hosted The Tonight Show, he went on to host numerous game and variety shows, including his own The Steve Allen Show, I've Got a Secret, and The New Steve Allen Show. He was a regular panel member on CBS's What's My Line?, and from 1977 until 1981 wrote, produced, and hosted the award-winning public broadcasting show Meeting of Minds, a series of historical dramas presented in a talk format. Allen was a pianist and a prolific composer. By his own estimate, he wrote more than 8,500 songs, some of which were recorded by numerous leading singers. Working as a lyricist, Allen won the 1964 Grammy Award for Best Original Jazz Composition. He also wrote more than 50 books, including novels, children's books, and books of opinions, including his final book, Vulgarians at the Gate: Trash TV and Raunch Radio. In 1996 Allen was presented with the Martin Gardner Lifetime Achievement Award from the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSICOP). He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a Hollywood theater named in his honor.


Boulevard! A Hollywood Story 2021-08-16
Jay Sebring....Cutting to the Truth Archive Footage 2020-03-06
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind Self (archive footage) 2018-01-19
Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words Himself 2016-05-03
Erroll Garner: No One Can Hear You Read 2013-04-09
Elvis: #1 Hit Performances & More Himself (archive footage) 2007-11-12
Tasmanian Devil: The Fast and Furious Life of Errol Flynn Himself (Archive Footage) 2007-10-17
Elvis: #1 Hit Performances Himself (archive footage) 2007-11-12
The Adventures of Errol Flynn Self (archive footage) 2005-04-05
The Definitive Elvis: The Television Years Himself (archive footage) 2002-03-31
Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth Himself 1998-10-21
No More to Say & Nothing to Weep For: An Elegy for Allen Ginsberg Himself (archive footage) 1997-11-21
Nichols and May: Take Two Self 1996-05-22
James Dean and Me Himself 1995-01-01
A Tribute to the Boys: Laurel and Hardy Himself 1992-04-05
The Player Steve Allen 1992-04-03
Rodney Dangerfield's The Really Big Show himself 1991-01-01
WWE WrestleMania VI Himself 1990-04-01
Great Balls of Fire! himself 1989-06-30
Richard Lewis: I'm Exhausted 1988-01-01
Amazon Women on the Moon Himself 1987-09-18
Computability: How to Make the Most of Your Home Computer 1984-06-05
The Ratings Game Steve Allen 1984-12-15
Stooge Snapshots Himself / Presenter 1984-01-01
The Funny Farm Himself 1983-02-18
Night of 100 Stars 1982-03-08
The Gossip Columnist Steve Allen 1980-03-21
Heart Beat Himself 1980-04-25
The Muppets Go Hollywood Himself 1979-05-16
On Location: Myron Cohen Himself - Host 1978-01-01
Lucy Calls the President Steve Allen 1977-01-01
Have I Got a Christmas for You Martin Kaplan 1977-12-16
Joys 1976-03-05
Mitzi & 100 Guys Self 1975-03-24
The Sunshine Boys Himself 1975-11-06
James Dean Remembered Self 1974-01-01
Lenny Bruce: Without Tears Himself / DJ (archive footage) 1972-01-01
The Comic Steve Allen 1969-11-19
Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? Radio Announcer 1968-01-01
The Movie Orgy Self (archive footage) 1968-01-01
Now You See It, Now You Don't Herschel Lucas 1968-11-11
Warning Shot Steve Allen 1967-01-18
The Universal Mind of Bill Evans 1966-01-01
Something's Got to Give Dr. Herman Schlick 1962-01-01
College Confidential Steve MacInter 1960-08-26
The Big Circus Himself - Cameo appearance 1959-07-05
The Benny Goodman Story Benny Goodman 1956-02-02
Allen in Movieland Self 1955-07-02
I'll Get By Peter Pepper 1950-10-02
Down Memory Lane self 1949-08-01
Nobody's Perfect - The Making of Some Like It Hot Self