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Fred Allen

Biography

Witty host known for his work during America’s Golden Age group of radio. He hosted the favorite Fred Allen Display from 1939 until 1949. As a guy, he was utilized by the Boston General public library and in addition worked like a vaudeville performer. He previously a long-running mock feud with Jack port Benny. He wedded Portland Hoffa in 1928. He was friends with acting professional Cary Grant.

Quick Facts


Full Name Fred Allen
Date Of Birth May 31, 1894
Died March 17, 1956, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Cambridge, MA
Profession Radio Host
Education Boston University
Nationality American
Spouse Portland Hoffa
Parents James Henry Sullivan, Cecilia Herlihy Sullivan
Siblings Robert Sullivan
Awards Peabody Award
Movies O. Henry's Full House, We're Not Married!, It's in the Bag!, Love Thy Neighbor, Sally, Irene and Mary, Thanks a Million, Project XX: The Jazz Age
TV Shows What's My Line?, The Colgate Comedy Hour, Judge for Yourself, Chesterfield Sound Off Time
Star Sign Gemini

  • Facts
  • Filmography
  • Awards
  • Salaries
  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
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#Fact
1Father: John H. Sullivan; Mother: Cecilia Herlihy.
2His face & baggy eyes became familiar to millions of movie goers in his mid 30s.
3Distant relative of comedian Joe Lipari. (Mr. Allen was Joe's grandfather's cousin.).
4He was awarded two Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio (6709 1/2 Hollywood Boulevard) and for Television (7021 Hollywood Boulevard) in Hollywood, California.
5In July, 1955, had an appendectomy, which caused him to miss two telecasts of What's My Line? (1950) where he had found a home as a regular weekly panelist.
6Worked in vaudeville under a variety of names, including John Sullivan (the one his parents gave him), Paul Huckle, Fred St. James and Benjamin Franklin.
7Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith; pg. 10-12. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
8Star of CBS Radio's "Texaco Star Theater" (1940-1944).
9Fred Allen was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1988.
10One of Fred Allen's best known schticks was his long-standing feud with fellow comedian Jack Benny. The two often appeared on each other's radio programs to trade barbs. Sadly, other than an appearance on "The Jack Benny Program," in which Fred tries to steal Jack's sponsor, this did not carry over into television, as Allen died shortly after beginning his own TV show. In real life, of course, Benny and Allen were great friends, and Benny even took time on his radio program to eulogize Allen after his death.
11Radio comic of the 1930s and '40s.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Christophers1956TV Series
The Jack Benny Program1953TV SeriesFred Allen
All Star Revue1953TV SeriesGuest Comedian
O. Henry's Full House1952Sam 'Slick' Brown (segment "The Ransom of Red Chief")
We're Not Married!1952Steven S. 'Steve' Gladwyn
It's in the Bag!1945Fred F. Trumble Floogle
Love Thy Neighbor1940Fred Allen
Buck Benny Rides Again1940Fred Allen (voice)
Sally, Irene and Mary1938Gabriel 'Gabby' Green
Thanks a Million1935Ned Lyman
The Still Alarm1930Short
Fred Allen's Prize Playlets1929Short
The Installment Collector1929ShortThe Newspaper Editor

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
It's in the Bag!1945screen treatment
Thanks a Million1935contributor to dialogue - uncredited
Success1931Short story
The Under Dog1930Short
Faint Heart1929Short story
Fred Allen's Prize Playlets1929Short uncredited

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
It's in the Bag!1945performer: "The Curse of an Aching Heart" 1913, "Sweet Genevieve" 1869 - uncredited
Thanks a Million1935"Square Deal Party" 1935, uncredited / performer: "Happy Days Are Here Again" 1929 - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dream Job2012Short in memory of
George Carlin: Carlin on Campus1984TV Special documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHimself
Project XX1956TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
What's My Line?1953-1956TV SeriesHimself - Panelist / Himself / Himself - Mystery Guest
I've Got a Secret1955TV SeriesCelebrity Guest
Armstrong Circle Theatre1954TV SeriesHimself / George Bidwell / Bartender / ...
This Is Your Life1954TV SeriesHimself
Judge for Yourself1954TV SeriesHimself - Host
All Star Revue1951-1953TV SeriesHimself - Guest Comedian / Himself - Comedian
The Jack Benny Program1953TV SeriesHimself
Chesterfield Sound Off Time1952TV SeriesHimself
The Colgate Comedy Hour1950-1951TV SeriesHimself - Comedian / Himself / Himself - Host
Your Show of Shows1951TV SeriesHimself - Guest Performer
We, the People1948TV SeriesHimself - Host
Behind Your Radio Dial1948Documentary shortHimself
Is Everybody Listening?1947Documentary shortFred Allen - Fred Allen Radio Program
The March of Time: Volume 1, Number 51937Documentary shortHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Television: The First Fifty Years1999Video documentaryHimself
Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio1991DocumentaryHimself - Predicts Demise of Radio (uncredited)
The Great Standups1984TV Movie documentaryHimself
TV's Funniest Game Show Moments1984TV SpecialHimself
Bob Hope's World of Comedy1976TV MovieTribute Montage
Happy Days1970-1976TV SeriesHimself
The Great Radio Comedians1972TV Movie documentaryFred Allen
The DuPont Show of the Week1961TV SeriesHimself
Screen Snapshots 2856: It Was Only Yesterday1950ShortFred Allen
The Great American Broadcast1941Fred Allen (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 7021 Hollywood Blvd.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRadioOn 8 February 1960. At 6709-1/2 Hollywood Blvd.


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#Quote
1[on Ed Sullivan] He's a pointer. A dog could do that show.
2[observation, 1956] Vaudeville is dead. The acrobats, the animal acts, the dancers, the singers and the old-time comedians have taken their final bows and disappeared into the wings of obscurity. For 50 years vaudeville was the popular entertainment of the masses. Nomadic tribes of nondescript players roamed the land. The vaudeville actor was part gypsy and part suitcase. With his brash manner, flashy clothes, capes and cane, and accompanied by his gaudy womenfolk, the vaudevillian brought happiness and excitement to the communities he visited. Vaudeville was more a matter of style than of material. It was not so much what the two- and three-a-day favorites said and did, as how they said and did it. For 50 years vaudeville's minstrels found their way into all lands, preaching their gospel of merriment and song, and rousing the rest of the world to laughter and to tears. A few diehards who knew and enjoyed vaudeville hover over their television sets, hoping for a miracle. They believe this electronic device is a modern oxygen tent that in some mysterious way can revive vaudeville and return its colorful performers of yesteryear to the current scene. The optimism of these day and night dreamers is wasted. Their vigils are futile. Vaudeville is dead. Period.
3An actor's popularity is fleeting. His success has the life expectancy of a small boy who is about to look into a gas tank with a lighted match.
4Television is a new medium. It's called a medium because it's rare when anything is well-done.
5[on committee] Committee] a group of men who individually can do nothing but as a group decide nothing can be done.
6Hollywood is a place where people from Iowa mistake each other for stars.
7My eyes look as though they are peeping over two dirty ping pong balls.
8[on Ed Sullivan] He'll be around for as long as someone else has talent.
9I learned law so well, the day I graduated I sued the college and got my tuition fees back.
10To a newspaperman a human being is an item with the skin wrapped around it.
11Hanging is too good for a man who makes puns; he should be drawn and quoted.
12Television is a device that permits people who haven't anything to do to watch people who can't do anything.
13A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized.
14You can take all of the sincerity in Hollywood and put into a mosquito's navel and still have room for two caraway seeds and a producer's heart.
15California is a fine place to live--if you happen to be an orange.

#Trademark
1Played the clarinet

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