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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The beloved graven image of TV variety from 1948 to 1971 on CBS, Ed Sullivan originally made his name as a newspaper sportswriter, radio broadcaster and theater columnist for the New York Daily News.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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Other Works:

Trailer: Appeared/narrated trailer for Guys and Dolls (1955). See more »

Publicity Listings:

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've tried every way I know to smile into a camera, but I can't do it. See more »


A gentle, compassionate showman, there was still another side to Sullivan. He could be very quick to take offense if he felt that he had been crossed or betrayed and could hold a grudge for a long time. Comedian Jackie Mason and the rock group The Doors were two cases in point who got on Ed's bad side. In the case of The Doors, Jim Morrison agreed to change what Sullivan considered inappropriate ... See more »


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


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