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Steve Allen

Steve Allen

78 (passed away Oct. 30th, 2000)
Dec. 26th, 1921
Born in
New York City, New York, USA
6' 3

Steve Allen's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Rich Man, Poor Man TV Show
Rich Man, Poor Man
What's My Line? (1950) TV Show
What's My Line? (1950)
I've Got A Secret (1952) TV Show
I've Got A Secret (1952)
The Judy Garland Show TV Show
The Judy Garland Show
Person To Person TV Show
Person To Person
Bravo Profiles TV Show
Bravo Profiles
Meeting of Minds TV Show
Meeting of Minds
Nurse TV Show
Summer Playhouse TV Show
Summer Playhouse
The Big Show TV Show
The Big Show
The Celebrity Game TV Show
The Celebrity Game
The Celebrity Game (UK) TV Show
The Celebrity Game (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Stephen Valentine Patrick William "Steve" Allen (December 26, 1921 – October 30, 2000) 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, The New Steve Allen Show, and was a regular panel member on CBS' What's My Line?
Allen was a credible pianist[1] and a prolific composer, having penned over 14,000 songs,[2] 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.

  • Named to Academy of Television Arts and Sciences [ATAS/NATAS] "Hall of Fame" in 1986.
  • Wrote more than 50 books and 7,400 songs.
  • Attended Drake University, 1941 and Arizona State Teacher's College, 1942.
  • Prolific composer/lyricist of some 2000+ songs, the best known of which are "This Could Be the Start of Something" (his theme song), "Pretend You Don't See Her" (a top-ten hit for 'Jerry Vale' (qv)), "Impossible", and "Gravy Waltz" (a top-40 instrumental hit for Allen himself in 1962, and a jazz standard today).
  • First coined the question "Is it bigger than a breadbox?" when making an appearance as a panelist on _"What's My Line?" (1950)_ (qv), 18 January 1953.
  • During his 1940-1941 school year, he transferred to Phoenix Union High School from Hyde Park in Chicago. In spite of a late start he still received credit in the yearbook for the Annual Staff, Journal Staff, Mor Follies, Entertainment Committee, Scribble and Blot. His trademark glasses are missing from his senior picture. Following high school, he attended Arizona State University Tempe in 1942 when it was the State Teacher's College. In a matter of months his parent's vaudeville blood got the better of him, and he dropped out to work as a disc jockey at KOY radio in Phoenix.
  • Appears on a 44 USA commemorative postage stamp, issued 11 August 2009, in the Early TV Memories issue honoring "The Tonight Show". Allen hosted the first incarnation of the program, which was called simply _"Tonight!" (1953)_ (qv).
  • Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith; pg. 12-13. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387.

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