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Ed Sullivan (I) (1901–1974)

The beloved graven image of TV variety from 1948 to 1971 on CBS, Ed Sullivan originally made his name as a newspaper sportswriter, radio broadcaster and theater columnist for the New York Daily News. His column focused primarily on Broadway shows and juicy items about its stars. Hired in 1932 by the CBS network as a rival of radio commentator ... See full bio »

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 2006 Elvis: The Ed Sullivan Shows (Video documentary) (producer - archive footage)
  The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) (executive producer - 20 episodes, 1959 - 1967) (producer - 3 episodes, 1955 - 1964)
- Episode #21.2 (1967) ... (executive producer)
- Episode #20.29 (1967) ... (executive producer)
- Episode #20.11 (1966) ... (executive producer)
- Episode #19.39 (1966) ... (executive producer)
- Episode #19.32 (1966) ... (executive producer)
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Print ads: Western Union telegrams. See more »

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5 Print Biographies | 10 Portrayals | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Dr. Sullivan


5' 7½" (1.71 m)

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I am the best damned showman in television. See more »


During a Nov. 20, 1955, telecast, Sullivan expressed dismay that Bo Diddley performed his self titled recording of "Bo Diddley", prior to his performance of "Sixteen Tons", a 1955 million seller for Tennessee Ernie Ford. Bo had performed "Sixteen Tons" during rehearsal for the show. Ed said he was "double-crossed". Bo would later explain that he read both "Bo Diddley" and "Sixteen Tons" on the ... See more »


On camera, very nervous, never made eye contact, spoke barely above a whisper.


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