Many of Hollywood’s veteran stars gathered Sunday to pay tribute to the late Steve Allen.
“Thank you for being here to celebrate my father’s life, a life truly well lived,” said Bill Allen, the entertainer’s son.
Allen died Oct. 30 at his son’s Encino, Calif., home of an apparent heart attack. Allen was widely regarded as a talented musician, author, comedian and composer. He probably will be remembered best as the pioneer of late-night television.
He created and hosted “The Tonight Show” format in 1953, playing the piano, chatting with guests and taking to the streets to interview passersby.
“He set a standard of humanity that I have not seen since,” said Bill Maher, host of ABC’s “Politically Incorrect.”