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Steve Allen

Highest Rated: 98% The Player (1992)

Lowest Rated: 59% Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)

Birthday: Dec 26, 1921

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

The son of American vaudeville entertainers, bespectacled American comedian Steve Allen led a peripatetic childhood, shunted off from one relative or boarding school to another. As a balm to his loneliness, Allen became a voracious reader, providing himself with a wide and varied intellectual base. Breaking into showbiz as a radio disc jockey, Allen soon learned that inserting humor here and there would draw a lot more attention than merely announcing the records and reading the stockyard reports. In order to supply himself with an endless stream of material, Allen memorized every joke book and "college humor" magazine that he could get his hands on; the result was his uncanny ability to conjure up precisely the right wisecrack at the right time. Developing a strong following while hosting a radio program on Los Angeles' KNX in 1948, Allen received his first network exposure in 1949, and was also featured in several films, including Down Memory Lane (1949) and I'll Get By (1950). In 1953, Allen was hired to host a local late-night program on New York's WNBC-TV, which later developed into the NBC network's Tonight Show. Extraordinarily busy during the years 1956 and 1957, Allen hosted Tonight, headlined his own hour-long weekend variety TV series, starred as the title character in The Benny Goodman Story (1956), composed several popular songs (his piano skills were shown to excellent advantage on his TV programs), and filled up his spare time by writing books, plays, and magazine articles. He left Tonight in 1957 and closed out his NBC weekender in 1960. One year later, he was back with a Wednesday-night hour on ABC, which had the misfortune of being scheduled opposite Wagon Train. In 1962, Allen launched a syndicated 90-minute "madness and music" nightly series, a fondly remembered effort which lasted until 1964; a second syndicated nightly followed in 1968.During his heyday, Allen helped develop and nurture such talents as Tom Poston, Louis Nye, Don Knotts, Bill Dana, Gabe Dell, Tim Conway, Steve Lawrence, and Eydie Gorme. He kept busy in television throughout the 1970s and 1980s with such highly praised projects as PBS' Meeting of Minds, wherein Allen would host round-table discussions with actors posing as the great leaders and intellects of history. Long married to actress Jayne Meadows, Steve Allen showed no signs of slowing down in his early seventies (despite a well-publicized bout with cancer), as he continued to write books on a multitude of subjects, accept TV and movie guest-star appearances, make SRO personal appearances, and even occasionally return to his roots by hosting TV and radio talkfests.

Highest Rated Movies



92% Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words Actor $0.4M 2016
95% Sing Your Song Steve Allen $48.2K 2012
No Score Yet Disorder: Twenty Years In a Van - 1986-2006 Actor 2007
No Score Yet Pioneers of Primetime Actor 2005
No Score Yet The Fabulous '50s Actor 2002
No Score Yet Elvis Presley: Remembering Elvis: The Man, His Life, His Music Actor 2001
No Score Yet The Unreal Story of Professional Wrestling Narrator 1999
No Score Yet Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth Actor 1998
No Score Yet Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's Actor 1997
No Score Yet Steve Allen's 75th Birthday Celebration Actor 1997
80% Casino Himself 1995
No Score Yet Witchcraft 7: Judgment Hour Paramedic 1995
No Score Yet El Milagro de St. Tammany Julia's 1994
No Score Yet Gene Krupa - Jazz Legend Narrator 1993
98% The Player Himself 1992
No Score Yet Lenny Bruce: Without Tears Actor 1992
63% Great Balls of Fire Himself 1989
No Score Yet Jerry Lee Lewis: I Am What I Am Actor 1989
59% Amazon Women on the Moon Himself $0.6M 1987
No Score Yet Beat Generation: An American Dream Narrator 1987
No Score Yet Jerry Lee Lewis Chronicles Actor 1987
No Score Yet Forty Years of Television Broadcast Journalism: A Salute to KTLA Actor 1987
No Score Yet What Happened to Kerouac? Actor 1986
No Score Yet Betty Boop: Boop Oop a Doop Narrator 1986
No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland Gentleman in the Paper Suit 1985
No Score Yet The Ratings Game Himself (special appearance) 1984
No Score Yet Kerouac, the Movie Actor 1984
No Score Yet Starfest - The Stars Salute Public TV Actor 1983
No Score Yet Starfest Actor 1983
No Score Yet Funny Farm Himself 1982
No Score Yet Heart Beat Himself 1980
75% The Sunshine Boys Himself 1975
No Score Yet Lenny Bruce Without Tears Actor 1972
60% The Comic Himself 1969
No Score Yet Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? Radio Announcer 1968
No Score Yet Warning Shot Perry Knowland 1967
No Score Yet Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title Bookstore Customer with Little Boy (uncredited) 1966
No Score Yet Universal Mind of Bill Evans Actor 1966
No Score Yet The Big Circus Guest Star 1959
No Score Yet The Benny Goodman Story Benny Goodman 1956
No Score Yet Allen in Movieland Actor 1955
No Score Yet Down Memory Lane Steve Allen 1949
No Score Yet The History Disquiz Actor


No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder
Ray Masters 1999
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
Mr. Cochran 1998
85% The Simpsons
Voice 1995
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
Lech 1988
No Score Yet Get Smart


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