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Edward Vincent Sullivan

Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, U.S
Death: October 13, 1974 (73)
Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S. (esophageal cancer)
Place of Burial: Hartsdale,, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Peter Arthur Sullivan and Elizabeth Frances Sullivan
Husband of Sylvia Sullivan
Fiancé of Sybil Lorina Sullivan
Father of Elizabeth Davis Precht
Brother of Helen E. Sullivan; Charles Arthur Sullivan; Daniel Sullivan; Julia F. Sullivan; Merceades Sullivan and 1 other

Occupation: Television host, sports and entertainment reporter, and syndicated columnist for the New York Daily News
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About Ed Sullivan

Edward Vincent "Ed" Sullivan (September 28, 1901 – October 13, 1974) was a television personality, sports and entertainment reporter, and longtime syndicated columnist for the New York Daily News. He is principally remembered as the creator and host of the television variety program The Toast of the Town, later popularly—and, eventually, officially—renamed The Ed Sullivan Show. Broadcast for 23 years from 1948 to 1971, it set a record as the longest-running variety show in US broadcast history. "It was, by almost any measure, the last great TV show," proclaimed television critic David Hinckley. "It's one of our fondest, dearest pop culture memories."

Sullivan was a broadcasting pioneer at many levels during television's infancy. As TV critic David Bianculli wrote, "Before MTV, Sullivan presented rock acts. Before Bravo, he presented jazz and classical music and theater. Before the Comedy Channel, even before there was the Tonight Show, Sullivan discovered, anointed and popularized young comedians. Before there were 500 channels, before there was cable, Ed Sullivan was where the choice was. From the start, he was indeed 'the Toast of the Town'." In 1996 Sullivan was ranked No. 50 on TV Guide's "50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time".

Wikipedia - Ed Sullivan

  • In early September 1974, X-rays revealed that Sullivan had an advanced growth of esophageal cancer. Doctors gave him very little time to live, and the family chose to keep the diagnosis secret from him. Sullivan, still believing his ailment to be yet another complication from a long-standing battle with gastric ulcers, died five weeks later on October 13, 1974, at New York's Lenox Hill Hospital; he was 73 years old. Sullivan is interred in a crypt at the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York.
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Ed Sullivan's Timeline

September 28, 1901
Harlem, New York City, U.S
December 22, 1930
New York, New York, United States
October 13, 1974
Age 73
Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale,, New York, United States