Steve Allen Bio, Age, Books, Tv Shows, Death, Tonight Show

Steve Allen Bio

Steve Allen, birth name, Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen was an American television personality, radio personality, musician, composer, actor, comedian, writer, and advocate of scientific skepticism.

In 1954, Steve Allen achieved national fame as the co-creator and first host of The Tonight Show, which was the first late-night television talk show.

Though he got his start in radio, Allen is best known for his extensive network television career. He gained national attention as a guest host on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts. After he hosted The Tonight Show, he went on to host numerous game and variety shows, including his own The Steve Allen Show, I’ve Got a Secret and The New Steve Allen Show.

He was a regular panel member on CBS’s What’s My Line? From 1977 until 1981 Allen wrote, produced, and hosted the award-winning public broadcasting show Meeting of Minds, a series of historical dramas presented in a talk format.

Allen was a pianist and a prolific composer. By his own estimate, he wrote more than 8,500 songs, some of which were recorded by numerous leading singers. Working as a lyricist, Allen won the 1964 Grammy Award for Best Original Jazz Composition.

He also wrote more than 50 books, including novels, children’s books, and books of opinions, including his final book, Vulgarians at the Gate: Trash TV and Raunch Radio (2001).

In 1996 Allen was presented with the Martin Gardner Lifetime Achievement Award from the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSICOP). He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a Hollywood theater named in his honor.

Steve Allen Age

Steve Allen

Steve Allen was born on 26th December 1921 in New York City, son of Billy (Carroll Abler) and Isabelle Allen, a husband and wife vaudeville comedy team. His father died when he was an infant. He was raised on the South Side of Chicago largely by his mother’s Irish Catholic family. Milton Berle called Allen’s mother “the funniest woman in vaudeville”.

Allen’s first radio job was on station KOY in Phoenix, Arizona, after he left Arizona State Teachers College (now Arizona State University) in Tempe while still a sophomore. He enlisted in the United States Army during World War II and was trained as an infantryman.

He did not serve overseas, instead of spending his service time at Camp Roberts, California. He returned to Phoenix before deciding to move back to California. Steve Allen died of a ruptured blood vessel caused by chest injuries on October 30, 2000.  At the time of his death, Allen was 78years of age.

Steve Allen Spouse |Children

Steve Allen married Dorothy Goodman in 1943 and had three children, Steve Jr., Brian, and David Allen. The marriage ended in divorce in 1952.

Allen’s second wife was actress Jayne Meadows, sister of actress Audrey Meadows. They produced one son together, Bill Allen, named for Steve’s father. They were married in Waterford, Connecticut, on July 31, 1954, and remained married until his death in 2000.

He was a Democrat; his wife was a Republican. In the later 1950s, author and philosopher Gerald Heard worked with psychiatrist Sidney Cohen to introduce intelligent, adventurous people to LSD, and Steve Allen was one of these.

Steve Allen Tv Shows

• The Steve Allen Show
• The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
• The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

• Whats My Line?
• I’ve Got A Secret
• Tonight Starring Steve Allen
• Songs For Sale

Steve Allen Tonight Show

Steve Allen created the Tonight show, America’s longest-running entertainment show, and most successful late-night TV show. In so doing he led the way for many other American icons like Johnny Carson, Jack Paar, David Letterman, and Jay Leno. The formula we all now take for granted did not exist before Steve Allen.

The desk, the opening monologue, breezy chats with celebrities, wacky stunts, comedy sketches, cameras roaming down the hall and outside the theater, off-the-cuff interviews with passers-by, and ad-lib banter with the studio audience. It’s all great fun and it’s all due to the incredibly witty, incurably silly, musically gifted, and ever-likable Steve Allen.

Starting with his early career in radio, it shows how the young radio talent developed many of the elements that would soon light up late-night television.  Allen’s many innovations that made the Tonight show so appealing and enduring included the single-guest and single theme shows, roadshows and live segments from across the country.

The Broadway shows visiting Tonight, creating a forum for jazz artistry and a groundbreaking showcase for African-American talent, musical tributes, and the use of the studio audience as a comedy goldmine and so on.

Allen who last guest-hosted The Tonight Show in 1982 made a last appearance on The Tonight Show on September 27, 1994, for the show’s 40th-anniversary broadcast. Jay Leno was effusive in praise and actually knelt and kissed Allen’s ring.

Steve Allen Books

» Murder In Hawaii
» Murder on The Atlantic
» Wake Up to Murder
» Die Laughing

» Murder on The Glitter Box
» How To Be Funny
» Vulgarians at the Gate
» Steve Allen On The Bible

» Hi-ho Steverino
» Dumbth and 81 Ways to Make Americans Smarter
» Make ’em Laugh
» But Seriously

» The Man Who Turned Back
» Canyoneering 3
» Jack Shit: The Ultimate in Toilet Humour
» Meeting of Minds
» Reflections

Steve Allen Death

Allen died on October 30, 2000, at the age of 78. At first, it was suspected he had suffered a fatal heart attack while napping at his son’s Los Angeles area home. However, a Los Angeles Coroner’s spokesperson later said autopsy results showed the real cause of death was a ruptured blood vessel caused by chest injuries he did not realize he had sustained in a minor traffic accident earlier in the day.

According to Jayne Meadows, “Typical of Steve, who was the dearest, sweetest man: He was hit by a man, backing into him, breaking all of his ribs, that pierced his heart … and when he got out of the car, he said to the man, ‘What some people will do to get my autograph’.”

He is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles. He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – a television star at 1720 Vine Street and a radio star at 1537 Vine Street. Jayne Meadows was buried next to Allen following her death in 2015.

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Steve Allen among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.