Steve Allen

Actor, Composer, Comedian
Popular entertainment's jack-of-all-trades for more than 50 years, Steve Allen amassed a truly amazing body of work as an incredibly prolific talk show host, comedian, composer, actor, recording artist, playwright ... Read more »
Born: 12/25/1921 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (140)

Pioneers of Television 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Space Ghost Coast to Coast 1993 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Body Slam! The History of Professional Wrestling 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

Jackie Gleason: The Great One 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Joke's on Thee 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Diagnosis Murder 1955 - 1963, 1966 - 1969, 1980 - 1981, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Don Knotts: Nervous Laughter 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist 1994 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Hedda Hopper: Hollywood's Gossip Queen 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Homicide: Life on the Street 1955 - 1963, 1966 - 1969, 1980 - 1981, 1987 - 1994, 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Martha Raye: In Love and War 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Phyllis Diller: First Lady of Laughter 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Super Dave 1955 - 1963, 1966 - 1969, 1980 - 1981, 1987 - 1994, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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The Critic 1955 - 1963, 1966 - 1969, 1980 - 1981, 1993 - 1994, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Steve Allen Comedy Hour 1955 - 1963, 1966 - 1969, 1980 - 1981, 1987 - 1994, 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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The Steve Allen Show 1955 - 1963, 1966 - 1969, 1980 - 1981, 1987 - 1994, 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Tim Conway: Just Clowning Around 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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67th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Gypsy Rose Lee: Naked Ambition 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Intimate Portrait: Donna Reed 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

NYTV: By the People Who Made It 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Sunset Strip: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Donna Reed: I'll Take the Moon 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Ernie Kovacs: Please Stand By 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Jonathan Winters: Without a Net 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Skitch Henderson at 80 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The Unreal Story of Professional Wrestling 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Jack Benny: Now Cut That Out! 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The Fifth Annual Trumpet Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Abbott and Costello Meet Biography 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Comic Relief VII 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Mel Torme 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Nichols and May -- Take Two 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Great American Music: A Salute to Fast Cars 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The Simpsons 1992, 1995 (Tv Show)

Voice

Addicted to Fame 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Hal Roach: Hollywood's King of Laughter 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Comics Only 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth 2 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Elvis: The Great Performances 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Creative Spirit 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Player 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Very Best of The Ed Sullivan Show -- II 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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George Burns' 95th Birthday Party 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Living in America 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Rodney Dangerfield's The Really Big Show 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Scott Ross: The Search For Real Heroes 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Mort Sahl: The Loyal Opposition 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The 1990 Miss Universe Pageant 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Hollywood Christmas Parade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Great Balls of Fire 1989 (Movie)

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Life's Most Embarrassing Moments 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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54th Annual King Orange Jamboree Parade 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Comic Relief II 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Show 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Solid Gold 1980 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The 30th Annual Grammy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The Montreal International Comedy Festival 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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This Is Your Life (11/26/87) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Way Off Broadway 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Amazon Women on the Moon 1987 (Movie)

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Lifetime Salutes Mom 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Mancini and Friends 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The 38th Annual Emmy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Alice in Wonderland 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Funny 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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George Burns' 90th Birthday Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Life's Most Embarassing Moments 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Life's Most Embarrassing Moments 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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NBC... Tuned in to America 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The Beat Generation - An American Dream 1986 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Life's Most Embarrassing Moments 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Life's Most Embarrassing Moments 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Life's Most Embarrassing Moments 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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TV's Funniest Game Show Moments 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Life's Most Embarrassing Moments 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Life's Most Embarrassing Moments 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Steve Allen's Music Room 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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The Comedy Zone 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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The Ratings Game 1984 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

What Happened to Kerouac? 1984 (Movie)

(Actor)

Texaco Star Theater: Opening Night 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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I've Had It Up to Here 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Solid Gold '79 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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The Big Show 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Heart Beat 1979 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Stone 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Have I Got a Christmas For You! 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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The Lucille Ball Special 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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Steve Allen's Laugh-Back 1975 - 1977 (TV Show)

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The Mad Mad Mad Mad World of the Super Bowl 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Mitzi and a Hundred Guys 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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The Sunshine Boys 1975 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Vaudeville 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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I've Got a Secret 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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The Golddiggers 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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Plimpton! Did You Hear the One About...? 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

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Get Smart 1965 - 1970 (TV Show)

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Lenny Bruce Without Tears 1970 (Movie)

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Now You See It, Now You Don't 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

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The Comic 1969 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

I've Got a Secret 1951 - 1968 (TV Show)

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Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? 1968 (Movie)

Radio Announcer (Actor)

Warning Shot 1966 (Movie)

Perry Knowland (Actor)

The June Allyson Show 1959 - 1961 (TV Show)

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Good Times 1954 - 1955 (TV Show)

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The Benny Goodman Story 1955 (Movie)

Benny Goodman (Actor)

An Evening at the Improv (TV Show)

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Rich Man, Poor Man (TV Show)

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Stooge Snapshots (TV Show)

Narrator

The Arthur Godfrey Special (TV Show)

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The Eyes of War (TV Show)

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The Gossip Columnist (TV Show)

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The Start of Something Big (TV Show)

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Music (12)

Blow 2001 (Movie)

("Cool Yule") (Song)

Serendipity 2001 (Movie)

("Cool Yule") (Song)

Isn't She Great 2000 (Movie)

("This Could be the Start of Something Big") (Song)

Small Time Crooks 2000 (Movie)

("This Could Be the Start of Something Big") (Song)

I'll Be Home for Christmas 1998 (Movie)

("Cool Yule") (Song)

Steve Allen 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Song

Goodfellas 1990 (Movie)

("Pretend You Don't See Her") (Song)

Let's Get Lost 1989 (Movie)

("This Could Be the Start of Something (Steve Allen's Theme)") (Song)

Absolute Beginners 1986 (Movie)

song arranger("Rock a Bye Baby") (Song)

The Bachelor 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Song
Producer (1)

Steve Allen's Music Room 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Other (3)

Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For 2014 (Movie)

On-Set Carpenter (Carpenter)

But... Seriously 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Acknowledgment

The Machine That Changed the World 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Special Thanks

Biography

Popular entertainment's jack-of-all-trades for more than 50 years, Steve Allen amassed a truly amazing body of work as an incredibly prolific talk show host, comedian, composer, actor, recording artist, playwright, lecturer and author. Emerging from the world of radio in the late-1940s, Allen moved to television where he hosted "Tonight Starring Steve Allen" (NBC, 1953-57), the late night talk show that laid the groundwork for Carson, Letterman and Leno. Also a talented musician, he composed over 8,000 songs in his lifetime, including the popular jazz standard "The Gravy Waltz" and his biggest hit, "This Could Be the Start of Something Big." For a time, he competed successfully opposite Ed Sullivan, even scooping the TV giant with Elvis Presley's first appearance on network television for an infamous performance on "The Steve Allen Show" (NBC, 1956-1960). In addition to his many stints as a talk/variety show host, he appeared as the emcee on the popular game show "I've Got a Secret" (CBS, 1964-1973), as well as the educational program "Meeting of Minds" (PBS, 1977-1981). If anything, Allen picked up the pace in the years after what many considered his heyday, recording several albums as a jazz pianist, writing more than 50 books and making the occasional acting appearance in productions like "St. Elsewhere" (NBC, 1982-88) and "Casino" (1995). Rightfully hailed as classic television's Renaissance man, Steve Allen earned his legendary status with a career so vast and varied, it nearly defied categorization.

Relationships

Carroll Allen

Father

Isabelle Allen

Mother

Brian Allen

Son
mother, Dorothy Goodman survived him

David Allen

Son
mother, Dorothy Goodman survived him

Stephen Allen

Son
mother, Dorothy Goodman survived him

William Allen

Son
mother, Jayne Meadows survived him

Dorothy Goodman

Wife

Jayne Meadows Actor

Wife
Married July 31, 1954 until his death Oct. 30, 2000

EDUCATION

St Thomas the Apostle School

Chicago , Illinois

Arizona State Teachers College

Tempe , Arizona 1942
now part of the University of Arizona

Drake University

Des Moines , Iowa 1941

Hyde Park High School

Chicago , Illinois

Milestones

1955

Wrote first book, "Fourteen For Tonight"

1953

First Broadway performance, "The Pink Elephant"

1950

Served as M.C. of "Songs for Sale"

1949

Film debut as writer (of narration) and performer, "Down Memory Lane"

1944

First job as comedian, Mutual Broadcasting System

1941

Began professional career as radio announcer, station KOY, Phoenix Arizona

Hosted syndicated talk show

Hosted and wrote "The Meeting of the Minds" (PBS)

Moderated "I've Got a Secret"

Starred on prime time "The Steve Allen Show"; later title, "The Steve Allen Plymouth Show"

Hosted "Tonight Show"

Bonus Trivia

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Inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1986

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