Steve Allen

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Steve Allen (right) with wife Jayne Meadows in 1987

Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen (December 26, 1921 - Ocotber 30, 2000) mostly known as Steve Allen was an American movie, television actor, television personality, musician, writer, and comedian best knonw for his show The Steve Allen Show.

Allen introduced many new celebrities and performers on his shows, including Jerry Lee Lewis and Jack Kerouac. He also recorded an album with Kerouac, with Kerouac reading poetry and Allen playing piano with a jazz combo.

He was the first host of The Tonight Show, who was replaced by Johnny Carson and then later Jay Leno. Allen played himself in an all-star comedy movie, Amazon Women on the Moon.

Allen was born in New York City, New York on December 26, 1921 and was raised in Chicago, Illinois. He was educated at the Arizona State Teachers University.

Allen was married to Dorothy Goodman from 1943 until they divorced in 1952. Lastly he married Jayne Meadows from 1954 until his death in 2000. He had four children.

He was a Democrat and his wife was a Republican.[1]

Allen died on October 30, 2000 after suffering a heart attack due to a car crash in Los Angeles, California, aged 78.

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