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Steve Allen

Highest Rated:   98% The Player (1992)
Lowest Rated:   63% Great Balls of Fire (1989)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
95% Sing Your Song
  • Steve Allen
$0.1M 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
63% 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 The Ratings Game (The Mogul)
  • Himself (special appearance)
1984
No Score Yet Starfest
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Starfest - The Stars Salute Public TV
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Funny Farm
  • Himself
1982
No Score Yet Heart Beat
  • Himself
1980
81% The Sunshine Boys
  • Himself
1975
No Score Yet 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 The History Disquiz
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1995
  • 1992

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