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In 1946 Allen joined the Mutual Broadcasting System, airing the five-nights-a-week comedy show, Smile Time, co-starring Wendell Noble. Not soon after, Allen moved to CBS Radio's KNX in Los Angeles. His music-and-talk format gradually involved more talk on his half-hour show, boosting his popularity and creating standing-room-only studio audiences. During one episode of the show reserved primarily for an interview with Doris Day, his guest star failed to appear, so Allen picked up a microphone and went into the audience to ad lib for the first time. For 13 weeks in 1950, Allen's show was on the top of the charts, exposing Allen to a national audience for the first time.

Although Steve Allen got his start in radio, Allen is best-known for his television career. He first gained national attention as a guest host on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts. He soon became the first host of The Tonight Show, where he was instrumental in innovating the concept of the television talk show. Thereafter, he hosted numerous game and variety shows, including The Steve Allen Show, I've Got a Secret, The New Steve Allen Show, and was a regular panel member on CBS' What's My Line?

Allen was also known as a prolific composer, having penned over 10,000 songs, one of which was recorded by Perry Como and Margaret Whiting, others by Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Les Brown, and Gloria Lynne. Allen won a Grammy award in 1963 for "Best Jazz Composition", with his song "The Gravy Waltz." In addition to his television, radio, and music career, Allen has written more than 50 books.

Fact file

  • Born: Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen December 26, 1921 New York City, New York, U.S.
  • Died: October 30, 2000 (aged 78) Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Occupation: Actor, Comedian, Television Personality, Musician, Writer
  • Years active: 1940s – 1999
  • Spouse(s): Dorothy Goodman, 1943–1952 (divorce) Jayne Meadows, 1954–2000 (his death)

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