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Fred Allen (I) (1894–1956)

Fred Allen, the well-known comedian who went on to star in radio, television, and film, was born John Florence Sullivan in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1894 and educated at Boston University. His Broadway shows include "The Passing Show of 1922" and "The Greenwich Village Follies". He produced, wrote,and starred in a network radio show entitled at ... See full bio »

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 1956 The Christophers (TV Series)
 1953 All Star Revue (TV Series)
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 1952 We're Not Married!
Steven S. 'Steve' Gladwyn
 1935 Thanks a Million
Ned Lyman
 1930 The Still Alarm (Short)
 1929 The Installment Collector (Short)
The Newspaper Editor
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Stage: Appeared in "The Passing Show of 1922" on Broadway. Musical revue. Music by / Musical Director Al Goodman. Book / lyrics by Harold Atteridge. Additional lyrics by Jack Stanley, Laddie Cliff and Gus Kahn. Additional music by Walter Donaldson and Ivy St. Helieu. Production Supervised by J.J. Shubert. Directed by James C. Huffman.... See more »

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An 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. See more »

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One 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, ... See more »

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Played the clarinet

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