STEVE ALLEN BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Steve Allen was born on December 26th, 1921 in New York City, New York with the birth name Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen. Both his parents, Billy and Isabelle Allen were vaudeville stars. He first attended High School in Hyde Park but later transferred and he attended Phoenix High School. Allen then went on to study at Arizona State university in Tempe in 1942, but never earned a degree. He went on to enlist in the united States Army during World War II and then decided after completing his service to follow in his parents footsteps and pursue a career in entertainment.
Allen first began his entertainment career in radio but later became known as America's television personality as well as a musician, composer, actor, comedian and writer. Allen was the original host of NBC's, "Tonight Show" (1953-1957) and is most well known for being considered as the, "Father of Late Night Television Comedy". He starred in his first film in 1949 in, "Down Memory Lane" followed by one of his most well known film appearances in, "The Benny Goodman Story" (1955).
He hosted a number of other game and variety shows throughout his career such as, "The Steve Allen Show", "I've Got a Secret" and was a regular member on CBS's, "What's My Line?".
Along with a successful acting career, Allen has written more than fifty books and 7,400 songs. He won a Grammy Award in 1963 for best jazz composition with the song, "The Gravy Waltz".
Between 1977 and 1981, Allen was the producer of the PBS series, "Meeting of Minds" which was a talk show. In 1986, Allen hosted a daily three-hour comedy show on NBC Radio Network. In the late 1970's, Allen recorded a solo piano album for Pianocorder Contemporary Artist Series. His final appearance on the "Tonight Show" was on September 27th, 1994 for the show's 40th anniversary broadcast.
Allen married twice throughout his lifetime. His first wife was Dorothy Goodman whom he married on August 23rd, 1943 and had three children with before the marriage ended in divorce in 1952. His second wife was Jayne Meadows whom he wed in 1954 and had one more child with before he passed away on October 30th, 2000 in Encino, California after suffering from a heart attack. He was survived by his four sons, Steve Jr., David, Brian and Billy Allen. He is interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park-Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles.
In 1986, Steve Allen was named to Academy of Television Arts and Sciences "Hall of Fame" and was also honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to Television and Radio.
1999 Diagnosis Murder
1998 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
1998 Homicide: Life on the Street
1996 Don't Quit Your Day Job
1994 The St. Tammany Miracle
1993 For Goodness Sake
1992 The Simpsons
1987-1988 St. Elsewhere
1977-1987 The Love Boat
1985 Alice in Wonderland
1985 A Museum of Broadcasting Tribute: Milton Berle - Mr. Television
1983 Fantasy Island
1980 The Gossip Columnist
1978 What Really Happened to the Class of '65?
1977 Hallmark Hall of Fame
1976 Rich Man, Poor Man
1975 Medical Center
1974 Witness to Yesterday
1970 The Tim Conway Comedy Hour
1970 Love, American Style
1969 The Comic
1969 The Bob Hope Show
1968 Now You See It, Now You Don't
1968 Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?
1967 Get Smart
1967 Warning Shot
1966 Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title
1964 Summer Playhouse
1963 The Red Skelton Hour
1963 The Jerry Lewis Show
1962 Something's Got to Give
1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson
1960 G.E. True Theater
1960 College Confidential
1959 The Thin Man
1956 Kraft Theatre
1956 The Benny Goodman Story
1953 Talent Patrol
1950 I'll Get By
1950 The Steve Allen Show