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For somebody of Steve Allen’s versatility and staggering convenience of function, jazz occupied a little yet significant part of his biography. However despite his packed plan, Allen could still spin out facile, skilled, bop-and-cocktail-flavored piano in fast jazz business — nothing especially original but often pleasurable to listen to. He began to enjoy the piano while a kid — his parents had been journeying vaudeville performers — however the key pad soon needed to take a back again chair to his mass media career, initial on radio and on television. Most widely known being a comedian as well as the initial host from the American Television organization The Tonight Present (Sept 1954 to January 1957), Allen often performed piano and sang on his displays and utilized them being a forum to provide guests through the jazz globe. He also performed the lead function within the film The Benny Goodman Tale in 1955, created it series Jazz Picture USA in 1962, and narrated a brief history of jazz on information, The Jazz Tale (Coral). Allen documented often for Coral, Dot, Roulette, EmArcy, and Decca through the top of his Television fame, so when past due as 1992 he taped a satisfying mainstream place for Concord Jazz, Has Jazz Tonight. Furthermore for some 43 books, Allen stated to have created (by 1994) a lot more than 4,700 tracks, of which just a uncovered handful — “THIS MAY BE the beginning of Something (Big),” “Gravy Waltz,” “Difficult” — have got staked claims within the repertoire. Eventually, his most effective contribution to jazz was being a cheerleader within the media. Steve Allen passed away in Encino, California, in Oct 2000 at age 78.

Quick Facts


Full Name Steve Allen
Died October 30, 2000, Encino, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height 1.9 m
Profession Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Television producer, Film Score Composer, TV Personality, Talk show host
Education Arizona State University, Drake University
Nationality American
Spouse Jayne Meadows, Dorothy Goodman
Children Brian Allen, Bill Allen, David Allen, Steve Allen Jr.
Parents Belle Montrose, Billy Allen
Awards Peabody Award, Grammy Award for Best Original Jazz Composition
Music Songs This Could Be the Start of Something, The Gravy Waltz, Letter From My Heart, My Awakening, How's Your Sister, I Left My Nose in San Diego, Thack You, Baby, but You Did, The Dock Of The Bay, Goin' Great, Man on the Street, Join Together, Soqed Hozi, Give Me the Simple Life, Boss Guitar, What Is A Woman?, Can I Wait Up For Santa Claus?, Balaria, 22 Years Old, Roundtable Boogie, For the Moment, Why Don't You Want to Go Home, Message of Love, Assembly Line, Don't Be That Way, The Sounds of the Universe Coming in My Window, Steve's Blues, How Can Santa Come To Puerto Rico?, Lost Control, Sweet Lorraine, Impossible, What is a Wife
Albums Poetry for the Beat Generation, Soulful Brass, Steve Allen at the Roundtable, Steve Allen Plays Jazz Tonight, Allen Plays Allen, Jazz For Tonight, Electrified Favorites, Music for Tonight, Gravy Waltz & 11 Current Hits!, Monday Nights, The Kids Collection Vol.1, Pneumos / When Then Sun Goes Down, Piano Tonight, Steve Allen's All Star Jazz Concert, A Man Called Dagger, Snacks, The Best and Worst of Steve Allen, The Pontchartrain Sea, Steve Allen Pres Arca - Better This Way / Bloodsucker, Nightflyers, Tonight At Midnight, About Time, Steve Allen Greatest Hits, Steve Allen - 1946, Thinline, Trouble Tonight, Steve Allen - Colab EP, Music For Swingers, Big 'A', Easy to Love - Steve Allen Plays in Hi-Fi (Original Recodings 1955 - 1960), Happenings / Soulful Brass, On the Air! The Classic Comedy of Steve Allen, The Steve Allen Show With Special Guests, A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody, Vintage Dance Orchestra No. 194 - EP: Swing, Plays Benny Goodman, Vintage Jazz No. 132 - EP: All Star Jazz Concert, Tonights the Night!, Gravy Waltz, 12 Golden Hits
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance - Variety Or Music Program, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Continuing Performance (Male) in a Series by a Comedian, Singer, Host, Dancer, M.C., Announcer, Narrator, Panelist, or any Person who Essentially Plays Himself, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Religious Programming - Performers, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Male Personality Continuing Performance, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor (Continuing Character) in a Musical or Variety Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Program Achievement - Special Class
Movies The Benny Goodman Story, A Man Called Dagger, Warning Shot, College Confidential, Alice in Wonderland, Amazon Women on the Moon, Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?, For Goodness Sake, The St. Tammany Miracle, Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth, Lenny Bruce Without Tears, Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words, Heart Beat, The Big Circus, The Comic, Witchcraft VII: Judgment Hour, I'll Get By, Hey, Abbott!, Now You See It, Now You Don't, Down Memory Lane
TV Shows The Steve Allen Show, The Tonight Show, What's My Line?, Meeting of Minds, I've Got a Secret, Tonight Starring Steve Allen, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The New Steve Allen Show, The Steve Allen Comedy Hour, Talent Patrol, The Steve Allen Playhouse, The Book Of Lists, Songs for Sale


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1 Was longtime friend of Danny Thomas and Julie London.
2 On just his second The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (1956) program, as host, on July 1, 1956, Elvis Presley and Andy Griffith were on the show, but performed at different times during the program. Elvis sang "Hound Dog" to a Bassett hound wearing a top hat, on this program. The appearance of both entertainers on the same show skyrocketed the show's ratings.
3 Considered by many as the "father of late night television comedy", he was the original host of NBC's "Tonight Show" (1953-1957). During 1he 1963-1964 season, Steve made a return to live late night TV with a syndicated (Ch.11 in NYC) variety show from Los Angeles. He now had access to videotape and multiple camera shots for his many skits on stage, off stage and in the street. According to TV Guide, this show fared well against the current "Tonight Show", hosted by Johnny Carson, especially with "the college age crowd". As the show was only seen in major cities it was not able to compete with the major networks in the long run and was canceled after its first year. Many other successful TV projects for Steve would follow, but this was his last late night endeavor.
4 Appears on a 44¢ USA commemorative postage stamp, issued August 11, 2009, in the Early TV Memories issue honoring "The Tonight Show". Allen hosted the first incarnation of the program, which was called simply Tonight! (1953).
5 Father of Steve Jr., David, Brian and Billy Allen.
6 Son of vaudeville stars Carroll Allen and Belle Montrose.
7 Milton Berle always referred to Steve's mother, Belle Montrose, as "the funniest woman in vaudeville".
8 Claimed that the melody of his biggest hit, "This Could Be the Start of Something Big", came to him in a dream.
9 Named to Academy of Television Arts and Sciences [ATAS/NATAS] "Hall of Fame" in 1986.
10 Attended Drake University, 1941 and Arizona State Teacher's College, 1942.
11 During his 1940-1941 school year, he transferred to Phoenix Union High School from Hyde Park in Chicago. In spite of a late start he still received credit in the yearbook for the Annual Staff, Journal Staff, Mor Follies, Entertainment Committee, Scribble and Blot. His trademark glasses are missing from his senior picture. Following high school, he attended Arizona State University Tempe in 1942 when it was the State Teacher's College. In a matter of months his parent's vaudeville blood got the better of him, and he dropped out to work as a disc jockey at KOY radio in Phoenix.
12 Prolific composer/lyricist of some 2000+ songs, the best known of which are "This Could Be the Start of Something" (his theme song), "Pretend You Don't See Her" (a top-ten hit for Jerry Vale), "Impossible", and "Gravy Waltz" (a top-40 instrumental hit for Allen himself in 1962, and a jazz standard today).
13 First coined the question "Is it bigger than a breadbox?" when making an appearance as a panelist on What's My Line? (1950), 18 January 1953.
14 Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith; pg. 12-13. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387.
15 At one point in his broadcasting career he was a commentator for professional wrestling. He later admitted that in order to juice up his commentary, he made up the names of wrestling holds. Apparently, nobody ever questioned him about it.
16 Brother-in-law of Audrey Meadows.
17 Wrote more than 50 books and 7,400 songs.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Diagnosis Murder 1999 TV Series Ray Masters
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1998 TV Series Fear
Homicide: Life on the Street 1998 TV Series Mr. Cochran
Don't Quit Your Day Job 1996 Video Game Special Appearance #1 (as Steven Allen)
The St. Tammany Miracle 1994 Julia's Grandfather
The Critic 1994 TV Series Steve Allen
For Goodness Sake 1993 Short
The Player 1992 Steve Allen
The Simpsons 1992 TV Series Bart's Electronically Altered Voice
Milton Berle, the Second Time Around: Carnival of Comedy 1989 Video
St. Elsewhere 1987-1988 TV Series Lech Osoranski
Riptide 1986 TV Series Hal Potter
Alice in Wonderland 1985 TV Movie The Gentleman in Paper Suit
Hotel 1985 TV Series Larry Matthews
Steve Allen's Music Room 1984 TV Series
Fantasy Island 1983 TV Series Stuart Wharton
Nurse 1982 TV Series Barney Ambler
What Really Happened to the Class of '65? 1978 TV Series Talk Show Host
Have I Got a Christmas for You 1977 TV Movie Martin Kaplan
The Love Boat 1977 TV Series Durwood Moss
Rich Man, Poor Man 1976 TV Mini-Series Bayard Nichols
The Sunshine Boys 1975/I Narrator on Fictional TV Program (uncredited)
Medical Center 1975 TV Series Dr. Townsend
Witness to Yesterday 1974 TV Series George Gershwin
McCloud 1973 TV Series Doug King
Love, American Style 1970 TV Series Johny (segment "Love and the Many Married Couple")
The Comic 1969 Steve Allen
Now You See It, Now You Don't 1968 TV Movie Herschel Lucas
Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? 1968 Radio Announcer
Get Smart 1967 TV Series Prime Minister's Aide
Warning Shot 1967 Perry Knowland
Batman 1966 TV Series Allan Stevens
Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title 1966 Bookstore Customer with Little Boy (uncredited)
Summer Playhouse 1964 TV Series Cameo
The Red Skelton Hour 1963 TV Series Mr. Cavendish
The Jerry Lewis Show 1963 TV Series
Something's Got to Give 1962 Short Psychiatrist (uncredited)
The DuPont Show with June Allyson 1960 TV Series Dr. Ben Ellison
General Electric Theater 1960 TV Series Andy Fletcher
College Confidential 1960 Steve 'Mac' Macinter
Johnny Staccato 1960 TV Series Musician
The Big Circus 1959 Steve Allen
Matinee Theatre 1956 TV Series
Kraft Theatre 1956 TV Series Leonard Barnaby
The Benny Goodman Story 1956 Benny Goodman
Max Liebman Spectaculars 1954-1955 TV Series
Danger 1953 TV Series
Talent Patrol 1953 TV Series Emcee (1953)
I'll Get By 1950 Peter Pepper

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Benny Goodman Story 1956 performer: "Original Dixieland One Step"
Picnic 1955 lyrics: "Theme from Picnic"
Walking My Baby Back Home 1953 "South Rampart Street Parade"
Tonight! 1953 TV Series performer: "This Could Be the Start of Something Big" / writer: "This Could Be the Start of Something Big"
Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words 2016 Documentary performer: "Improvised Concerto For Two Bicycles, Pre-Recorded Tape And Musicians" / writer: "Improvised Concerto For Two Bicycles, Pre-Recorded Tape And Musicians"
Strictly Come Dancing 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Stealing Christmas 2003 TV Movie writer: "Cool Yule"
Stealing Sinatra 2003 writer: "This Could Be The Start Of Something Big"
Serendipity 2001 writer: "Cool Yule"
Blow 2001 writer: "Cool Yule"
Small Time Crooks 2000 writer: "This Could Be the Start of Something Big"
Big Monster on Campus 2000 writer: "With You"
Isn't She Great 2000 writer: "This Could Be the Start of Something Big"
I'll Be Home for Christmas 1998 writer: "Cool Yule"
Clockwatchers 1997 performer: "Theme From a Man Called Dagger" / writer: "Theme From a Man Called Dagger"
Hard Core Logo 1996 writer: "This Could Be The Start Of Something Big"
Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult 1994 writer: "This Could Be the Start of Something"
Candles, Snow and Mistletoe 1993 writer: "Cool Yule"
Mr. Saturday Night 1992 writer: "This Could Be the Start of Something"
The Simpsons 1991 TV Series 1 episode
Midnight Caller TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 1991 music - 1 episode, 1991
The Long Walk Home 1990 writer: "PICNIC"
Goodfellas 1990 writer: "Pretend You Don't See Her"
It's Garry Shandling's Show. 1989 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Let's Get Lost 1988 Documentary "This Could be the Start of Something Big"
Alice in Wonderland 1985 TV Movie lyrics: "I Hate Dogs and Cats", "There's Something to Say for Hatred", "There's No Way Home", "Laugh", "Why Do People...", "Off With Their Heads", "Nonsense", "How d'you do, Shake Hands", "Jam Tomorrow, Jam Yesterday", "We are Dancing", "Can You Do Addition?", "Emotions", "Hush-a-Bye Lady", "Can You Hear Us, Alice?" / music: "I Hate Dogs and Cats", "You Are Old, Father William", "There's Something to Say for Hatred", "There's No Way Home", "Laugh", "Why Do People...", "Off With Their He
This Is Elvis 1981 writer: "Yippe Yay Yo Yay Yea" - uncredited
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1976 writer - 1 episode, 1976
I've Got a Secret 1972 TV Series writer: "The Start of Something Big"
A Man Called Dagger 1968 writer: "A Man Called Dagger"
The New Steve Allen Show TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1963 writer - 1 episode, 1963
The Magic Fountain 1961 writer: "The Magic Fountain"
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show TV Series performer - 5 episodes, 1957 - 1960 writer - 2 episodes, 1959 - 1960 music - 2 episodes, 1957
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1957 writer - 1 episode, 1957
Your Hit Parade 1956 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Steve Allen Comedy Hour 1980-1981 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Meeting of Minds TV Series 2 episodes, 1979 written by - 5 episodes, 1978 - 1981
The Steve Allen Show 1968 TV Series writer
The Steve Allen Playhouse 1962 TV Series
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1956 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Danger 1953 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tonight! 1953 TV Series co-creator
Down Memory Lane 1949 narration

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fantasy Island 1983 TV Series 1 episode
A Man Called Dagger 1968
Sunday Spectacular: The Bachelor 1956 TV Movie
Tonight! 1953 TV Series

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Steve Allen's Music Room 1984 TV Series executive producer
The Steve Allen Show 1968 TV Series producer
The Steve Allen Playhouse 1962 TV Series producer
Jazz Scene USA 1962 TV Series executive producer

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Alice in Wonderland 1985 TV Movie songs written by
College Confidential 1960 songs

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Remembering Elvis 1998 Video special thanks
The Unknown Marx Brothers 1993 TV Movie documentary special thanks
What Happened to Kerouac? 1986 Documentary thanks
This Is Elvis 1981 the producers gratefully acknowledge
Lenny Bruce Without Tears 1972 Documentary acknowledgment

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Mike Wallace Interview 1957 TV Series Himself
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show 1957 TV Series Himself - Performer
Tonight! 1953-1957 TV Series Himself - Host
Allen in Movieland 1955 TV Movie Himself
Texaco Star Theatre 1953-1955 TV Series Himself - Comedian
Max Liebman Spectaculars 1954 TV Series Himself
The Dave Garroway Show 1954 TV Series Himself
Nothing But the Best 1953 TV Series Himself
The Name's the Same 1953 TV Series Himself
The Arthur Murray Party 1953 TV Series Himself
The Faye Emerson Show 1951 TV Series Himself
Songs for Sale 1950 TV Series Himself - Host (1951-June 1952)
Down Memory Lane 1949 Himself
Erroll Garner: No One Can Hear You Read 2012 Documentary
Pioneers of Television 2008 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Milton Berle: An All-Star Tribute to 'Mr. Television' 2002 Video Himself
Black and White Overnight 2001 TV Series Himself - Host ('I've Got A Secret' 1964-1967)
Biography 1996-2001 TV Series documentary Himself
I've Got a Secret 2000 TV Series Himself
The Talk Show Story 2000 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Let Me In, I Hear Laughter 2000 Documentary Himself
The Mark Twain Prize: Jonathan Winters 2000 TV Movie Himself
The Unreal Story of Professional Wrestling 1999 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
E! True Hollywood Story 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
The Century 1999 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself (segment "Innocence in Rebellion")
American Veteran Awards 1999 TV Special Host
Television: The First Fifty Years 1999 Video documentary Himself / Interviewee
Life and Times 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
NY TV: By the People Who Made It - Part I & II 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Martian Mania: The True Story of The War of the Worlds 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth 1998 Documentary Himself
Pinky and the Brain 1998 TV Series Himself
Heroes of Comedy 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Remembering Elvis 1998 Video Himself
Love, Lust & Marriage: Why We Stray and Why We Stay 1997 TV Movie documentary
Rodney Dangerfield's 75th Birthday Toast 1997 TV Movie Himself
The Legend of Forrest Tucker 1997 Documentary short Himself
Space Ghost Coast to Coast 1997 TV Series Himself
Steve Allen's 75th Birthday Celebration 1997 TV Movie documentary
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's 1997 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Howard Stern: Shut Up and Listen 1997 Video documentary Himself
Sinatra: A Passionate Life 1997 Video documentary Himself
50 Years of Television: A Celebration of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Golden Anniversary 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself
James Dean: A Portrait 1996 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1996 TV Special Himself - Audience Member
American Masters 1989-1996 TV Series documentary Himself
Celebrity Recordathon 1996 Video short Himself
Comic Relief VII 1995 TV Special documentary Himself
Pioneers of Primetime 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Simpsons 1995 TV Series Himself
Jackie Mason: An Equal Opportunity Offender 1995 Video Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1994 TV Series Himself
Hal Roach: Hollywood's King of Laughter 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself
King B: A Life in the Movies 1993 Himself
Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America 1993 TV Special documentary Himself
The Unknown Marx Brothers 1993 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Bold and the Beautiful 1993 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1993 TV Series Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor 1993 TV Special documentary Himself (uncredited)
Sleazemania on Parade 1992 Video documentary Himself
A Tribute to the Boys: Laurel & Hardy 1992 TV Special documentary Himself
One on One with John Tesh 1992 TV Series Himself
Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth 2 1992 TV Special documentary Himself
George Burns' 95th Birthday Party 1991 TV Special Himself
Amen 1991 TV Series Himself
Rodney Dangerfield's The Really Big Show 1991 TV Movie Himself
Newton's Apple 1990 TV Series Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 1990 TV Series Himself
WrestleMania VI 1990 TV Movie Himself
Great Balls of Fire! 1989 Himself
The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards 1989 TV Special Himself
The New Hollywood Squares 1986-1989 TV Series Himself - Panelist / Himself - Center Square
The Pat Sajak Show 1989 TV Series Himself
It's Garry Shandling's Show. 1989 TV Series Himself
Couch Potatoes 1989 TV Series Himself
Family Feud 1989 TV Series Himself
Stand-up Comics Take a Stand 1988 TV Special documentary Himself
The Best of Gleason 2 1988 TV Movie Himself - Host
Happy Birthday, Bob: 50 Stars Salute Your 50 Years with NBC 1988 TV Special Himself
The 30th Annual Grammy Awards 1988 TV Special Himself
The I'm Exhausted Concert 1988 TV Movie Himself
Comic Relief '87 1987 TV Special Himself
SNAFU: The World's Screwiest Foul-Ups! 1987 Video Himself - Host
The Beat Generation: An American Dream 1987 Documentary Himself - Host
The Wil Shriner Show 1987 TV Series Himself
The 39th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1987 TV Special Himself - Nominee
Amazon Women on the Moon 1987 Himself (segment "Roast Your Loved One")
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1964-1987 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest / Himself - Guest Host
This Is Your Life 1987 TV Special Himself
Dr. Ruth Westheimer 1987 TV Series Himself
Mancini and Friends 1987 TV Movie Himself
The Love Boat 1987 TV Series Himself
Classic Comedy Teams 1986 Video documentary Host
The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1986 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration 1986 TV Special documentary Himself
What Happened to Kerouac? 1986 Documentary Himself
Comic Relief 1986/I TV Special Himself
The 3rd Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame Awards 1986 TV Special Himself - Honoree
George Burns' 90th Birthday Party: A Very Special Special 1986 TV Special Himself
KTLA at 40: A Celebration of Los Angeles Television 1986 TV Movie Himself
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan 1985 TV Special Himself
The Start of Something Big 1985 TV Series Himself - Host
A Museum of Broadcasting Tribute: Milton Berle - Mr. Television 1985 TV Movie documentary
Stooge Snapshots 1984 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
The Ratings Game 1984 TV Movie Himself
The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards 1984 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour 1984 TV Series Himself - Panelist
The 1st TV Academy Hall of Fame 1984 Himself - Presenter
A Toast to Lenny 1984 TV Movie documentary Himself - Host
Don't Ask Me, Ask God 1984 TV Movie Himself - Question Presenter
The 5th Annual Cable Ace Awards 1983 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Here's Television Entertainment 1983 TV Movie Himself
Salute! 1983 TV Series Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1982-1983 TV Series Himself
The 25th Annual Grammy Awards 1983 TV Special Himself
The Funny Farm 1983 Himself
Life's Most Embarrassing Moments 1983 TV Series Himself - Host
Starfest: The Stars Salute Public Television 1983 TV Special Himself
Texaco Star Theater: Opening Night 1983 TV Movie Himself
Ernie Kovacs: Television's Original Genius 1982 TV Movie documentary Himself
Tom Cottle: Up Close 1982 TV Series Himself
I've Had It Up to Here 1982 TV Movie Himself - Host
The Regis Philbin Show 1982 TV Series Himself
Hart to Hart 1982 TV Series Himself
Night of 100 Stars 1982 TV Special Himself
Wait Till We're 65 1981 TV Movie Himself - Host
Password Plus 1981 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Contestant
The Steve Allen Comedy Hour 1981 TV Series Himself - Host
Meeting of Minds 1977-1981 TV Series Himself / Himself - Host
Something Spectacular with Steve Allen 1981 TV Movie Himself - Host
The John Davidson Show 1980 TV Series Himself
The David Letterman Show 1980 TV Series Himself
The 32nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1980 TV Special Himself - Co-Host
Elvis Presley - Die frühen Jahre 1980 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Big Show 1980 TV Series Himself - Host
Heart Beat 1980 Himself
Today 1980 TV Series Himself
The Gossip Columnist 1980 TV Movie Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart 1980 TV Special documentary Himself (uncredited)
Solid Gold 1980 TV Series Himself
Stone 1979 TV Movie Himself
The Alan Hamel Show 1979 TV Series Himself
Dinah! 1975-1979 TV Series Himself
The Arthur Godfrey Special 1979 TV Movie Himself
The Muppets Go Hollywood 1979 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
Everyday 1979 TV Series Himself
Sha Na Na 1979 TV Series Himself
Hey, Abbott! 1978 Himself
Hollywood's Diamond Jubilee 1978 TV Special Himself - Interview
The Mike Douglas Show 1962-1978 TV Series Himself - TV Personality / Himself - Co-Host / Himself - Entertainer / ...
America 2-Night 1978 TV Series Himself
The Vent Event 1978 TV Movie Himself - Host
Good Morning America 1978 TV Series Himself
The Jim Nabors Show 1978 TV Series Himself
On Location: Myron Cohen 1978 TV Movie Himself - Host
Lucy Calls the President 1977 TV Movie Himself
The 29th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1977 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Cry of a Hurting World... I'm Hungry! 1977 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1965-1976 TV Series Himself
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Redd Foxx 1976 TV Special Himself
Bob Hope's Bicentennial Star Spangled Spectacular 1976 TV Movie Himself - Cameo
The Good Old Days of Radio 1976 TV Movie documentary Himself - Host
Joys 1976 TV Special Himself
The Second Annual Comedy Awards 1976 TV Special Himself
Laugh Back 1975 TV Series Himself - Host
The Annual National Sports Awards 1975 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Bob Hope Show 1956-1975 TV Series Himself
Mitzi and a Hundred Guys 1975 TV Special Himself
ABC Late Night 1974 TV Series Himself / Himself - Co-Host
Tattletales 1974 TV Series Himself
Match Game 73 1974 TV Series Himself - Panelist
The Snoop Sisters 1974 TV Series Himself
James Dean Remembered 1974 TV Special documentary Himself
The Vin Scully Show 1973 TV Series Himself
Celebrity Bowling 1973 TV Series Himself
Laugh-In 1972 TV Series Himself
The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters 1972 TV Series Himself
Stand Up and Cheer 1972 TV Series Himself
I've Got a Secret 1972 TV Series Himself - Host
All About Faces 1971 TV Series Himself
The 23rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1971 TV Special Himself - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Comedy and Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Comedy
Plimpton! Did You Hear the One About? 1971 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Tim Conway Comedy Hour 1970 TV Series Himself
The David Frost Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Irv Kupcinet Show 1970 TV Series Himself
Playboy After Dark 1970 TV Series Himself
The Hollywood Palace 1968-1970 TV Series Himself - Sketch Actor / Himself / Singer
Music Scene 1969 TV Series Himself - Special Guest Host
The Steve Allen Show 1968-1969 TV Series Himself - Host
The Joey Bishop Show 1968-1969 TV Series Himself
Sounds of Summer: The Blossom Music Center with Pierre Boulez 1969 TV Movie Himself - Host
Della 1969 TV Series Himself
The Jonathan Winters Show 1969 TV Series Himself
The Kraft Music Hall 1968 TV Series Himself / Himself - Host
The Hollywood Squares 1967-1968 TV Series Himself - Panelist / Himself - Center Square
Showtime 1968 TV Series Himself - Special Guest Host
Romp!!! 1968 TV Special Himself - Cameo
The Match Game 1967-1968 TV Series Himself - Team Captain
The Pat Boone Show 1968 TV Series Himself
First Annual All-Star Celebrity Baseball Game 1967 TV Special Himself - Celebrity
What's My Line? 1951-1967 TV Series Himself - Panelist / Himself - Mystery Guest
The Steve Allen Comedy Hour 1967 TV Series Himself - Host
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1967 TV Series Himself
I've Got a Secret 1952-1967 TV Series Himself - Moderator / Himself - Guest / Himself - Panelist / ...
The Hollywood Stars of Tomorrow Awards 1967 TV Special Himself - Co-Host
The Milton Berle Show 1966-1967 TV Series Himself
The Jackie Gleason Show 1966 TV Series Himself
The Universal Mind of Bill Evans 1966 Documentary Himself
The Andy Williams Show 1966 TV Series Himself
Firing Line 1966 TV Series Himself - Guest
Hollywood Deb Star Ball 1966 TV Movie Himself - Co-Host
The Dean Martin Show 1965 TV Series Himself
The Celebrity Game 1965 TV Series Himself - Panelist / Himself - Host
Fanfare 1965 TV Series Himself
76th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade 1965 TV Movie Himself
The Steve Allen Playhouse 1962-1964 TV Series Himself - Host
The New Steve Allen Show 1961-1964 TV Series Himself - Host
Freedom Spectacular 1964 TV Movie Himself
That Was the Week That Was 1964 TV Series Himself
The Judy Garland Show 1964 TV Series Himself
Delta Kappa Alpha Silver Anniversary Banquet 1963 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1962 TV Series Himself - Comedian
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1958-1962 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
The 33rd Annual Academy Awards 1961 TV Special Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Original Song
Person to Person 1955-1960 TV Series documentary Himself
Here's Hollywood 1960 TV Series Himself
Swinging Spiketaculars 1960 TV Series Himself
The David Susskind Show 1960 TV Series Himself
About Faces 1960 TV Series Himself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1956-1960 TV Series Himself - Host
The Juke Box Jury 1958-1959 TV Series Himself
The Garry Moore Show 1958-1959 TV Series Himself
The Thin Man 1959 TV Series Himself
The Bob Cummings Show 1959 TV Series Himself
The Milton Berle Show 1959 TV Series Himself
The Ben Hecht Show 1958 TV Series Himself - TV Personality
This Is Your Life 1958 TV Series Himself - Guest of Honor
The Chevy Showroom Starring Andy Williams 1958 TV Series Himself
The George Gobel Show 1958 TV Series Himself
Timex All-Star Jazz Show 1957 TV Series Himself - Host
The Steve Allen Show 1957 TV Series Himself - Host

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sebring 2018 post-production Himself
Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words 2016 Documentary Himself
Hey Moe, Hey Dad! 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Tab Hunter Confidential 2015 Documentary Himself
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
American Masters 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Excavating the 2000 Year Old Man 2012 Documentary short Himself
2 Everything 2 Terrible Tokyo Drift 2010 Video Himself
Working with Lucy: A Conversation with James E. Brodhead 2010 Video documentary short Clip from 'Lucy Calls the President'
A Mime's Life 2009 Himself
Pioneers of Television 2008 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Elvis: #1 Hit Performances 2007 Video Himself
Tasmanian Devil: The Fast and Furious Life of Errol Flynn 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Elvis: Broadcasting Live 2006 Video Himself
WWE WrestleMania: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 2 2005 Video Himself
The Adventures of Errol Flynn 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Biography 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
The Desilu Story 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Definitive Elvis: The Army Years 2002 Video documentary Himself
The Definitive Elvis: The Television Years 2002 Video documentary
Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Kid Stays in the Picture 2002 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Elvis Presley: His Early Performances 2002 Video documentary Himself
The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2001 TV Special Himself - Memorial Tribute
Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Jeff Foxworthy's Comedy Classics 2000 Video documentary
The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation 1999 Documentary Himself
Sugar Ray Robinson: The Bright Lights and Dark Shadows of a Champion 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Bravo Profiles 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
The Works 1997 TV Series documentary Himself
No More to Say & Nothing to Weep For: An Elegy for Allen Ginsberg 1926-1997 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself
Classic Stand-Up Comedy of Television 1996 TV Special documentary Himself
Casino 1995 Steve Allen
Arena 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
Elvis '56 1987 TV Movie documentary
Kerouac, the Movie 1985 Documentary Himself - Kerouac Interviewer (uncredited)
TV's Funniest Game Show Moments 1984 TV Special Himself
Salute! 1983 TV Series Himself
This Is Elvis 1981 Himself (uncredited)
Bob Hope's World of Comedy 1976 TV Movie Himself
Lenny Bruce Without Tears 1972 Documentary Himself / DJ

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1987 Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy American Comedy Awards, USA
1978 Personal Award Peabody Awards Meeting of Minds (1977)
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television On 8 February 1960. At 1720 Vine Street.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Radio On 8 February 1960. At 1537 Vine Street.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1987 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series St. Elsewhere (1982)
1985 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Host in a Talk or Service Series Stooge Snapshots (1984)
1984 ACE CableACE Awards Program Host Steve Allen's Music Room (1984)
1982 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement in Religious Programming - Performers Wait Till We're 65 (1981)
1979 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Program Achievement - Special Class Meeting of Minds (1977) · Loring d'Usseau (producer)
1978 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series Meeting of Minds (1977)
1959 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Performance by an Actor (Continuing Character) in a Musical or Variety Series The Steve Allen Show (1956)
1958 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Continuing Performance (Male) in a Series by a Comedian, Singer, Host, Dancer, M.C., Announcer, Narrator, Panelist, or any Person who Essentially Plays Himself The Steve Allen Show (1956)
1957 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Male Personality - Continuing Performance


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1 I used to be a heavy gambler. But now I just make mental bets. That's how I lost my mind.
2 In a rational society we would want our presidents to be teachers. In our actual society we insist they be cheerleaders.
3 If the Old Testament were a reliable guide in the matter of capital punishment, half the people in the United States would have to be killed.
4 Radio is the theater of the mind; television is the theater of the mindless.
5 Humor is a social lubricant that helps us get over some of the bad spots.
6 [on Milton Berle] He's been on TV for years and I finally figured out the reason for his success. He never improved.
7 Nothing is quite as funny as the unintended humor of reality.
8 If my mind ever listened to what my mouth said, I'd have a lot of accounting to do.
9 We pride ourselves on the high moral standards of our programmes and I mean that sincerely. We don't resort to sex or crime or violence or drinking...on the programmes.
10 Beware of assuming that credentials establish intelligence.
11 Hosting a talk show is the easiest job anybody ever had.

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1 Towering height
2 Distinctive voice

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