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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The beloved graven image of TV variety from 1948 to 1971 on CBS, Ed Sullivan originally made his name as a newspaper sportswriter, radio broadcaster and theater columnist for the New York Daily News.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)
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Stage Play: Crazy With the Heat. Musical revue (updated/restaged version). Music by Irvin Graham. Additional music by Rudi Revil. Material by Sam E. Werris, Arthur Sheekman, Mack Davis, Max Liebman and Don Herold. Lyrics by Irvin Graham. Additional dialogue by Arthur Stander and Sydney Zelinka. New sketches by Lew Brown. Music arranged and... See more »

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

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Dr. Sullivan


5' 7½" (1.71 m)

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


In 1961, CBS asked him to fill in for an ailing Red Skelton on The Red Skelton Hour (1951). Sullivan, like Skelton, was a very large man and was able to wear Skelton's costumes. Rather than simply being a host, Sullivan donned the costumes and makeup and successfully performed Skelton's characters in the written comedy sketches, including one character renamed "Freddie the Freeloader.". See more »


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


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