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Stephen Valentine Patrick William "Steve" Allen

Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Death: Died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Cause of death: coronary artery disease
Place of Burial: Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Billy Allen and Belle Montrose
Husband of Jayne Allen and <private> Cotter
Ex-husband of Dorothy Allen
Father of Steve Allen, Jr.; Brian Allen; David Allen and Bill Allen

Occupation: actor, comedian, musician, writer,
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About Steve Allen

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 "creditable" pianist, and a prolific composer, having penned over 14,000 songs, 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. His vast number of songs have never been equaled. Allen wrote more than 50 books, has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a Hollywood theater named in his honor The Steve Allen Theater.


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Steve Allen's Timeline

December 26, 1921
New York, New York, United States
Age 21
Age 30
July 31, 1954
Age 32
Waterford, New London County, Connecticut, United States
October 30, 2000
Age 78
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States