Steve Allen Biography

Stephen Valentine Patrick William "Steve" Allen was an American television personality, musician, composer, actor, comedian, and writer. Though he got his start in radio, Allen is best known for his television career. He first gained national attention as a guest host on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts. He graduated to become the first host of The Tonight Show, where he was instrumental in innovating the concept of the television talk show. Thereafter, he hosted numerous game and variety shows, including The Steve Allen Show, I've Got a Secret, and The New Steve Allen Show, and was a regular panel member on CBS' What's My Line?

Allen was a credible pianist and a prolific composer, having penned over 14,000 songs, one of which was recorded by Perry Como and Margaret Whiting, others by Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Les Brown, and Gloria Lynne. Allen won a Grammy award in 1963 for best jazz composition, with his song The Gravy Waltz. Allen wrote more than 50 books, has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a Hollywood theater named in his honor. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Steve Allen
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Writer, Comedian, Talk show host, Actor, Screenwriter, Musician, Composer, Television producer, Film Score Composer, TV Personality
Religion:
Catholicism
Date of Birth:
December 26, 1921
Astrological Sign:
Capricorn
Date of Death:
October 30, 2000
Age at Death:
78
Cause of Death:
Myocardial infarction
Marriages
  • 1954-07-31
    "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" guest host Steve Allen (32) weds actress Jayne Meadows (33)
Steve Allen Timeline
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