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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The beloved graven image of TV variety from 1948 to 1971 on CBS, Ed Sullivan originally made his name as a newspaper sportswriter, radio broadcaster and theater columnist for the New York Daily News.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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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

Known For

Bye Bye Birdie
Bye Bye Birdie Ed Sullivan
(1963)
Mr. Broadway
Mr. Broadway Ed Sullivan
(1933)
The Ed Sullivan Show
(1948-1971)
The Phynx
The Phynx Ed Sullivan
(1970)

Filmography

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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) (associate producer - 1 episode, 1967)
- Episode #21.2 (1967) ... (executive producer)
- Episode #21.1 (1967) ... (associate producer)
- Episode #20.29 (1967) ... (executive producer)
- Episode #20.11 (1966) ... (executive producer)
- Episode #19.39 (1966) ... (executive producer)
Show Show Actor (12 credits)
Show Show Writer (6 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (1 credit)
Show Show Self (55 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (82 credits)

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Other Works:

Stage: Produced "Crazy With the Heat" on Broaway. Musical revue (updated/restaged version). Music / lyrics by Irvin Graham. Additional music by Rudi Revil. Material by Sam E. Werris, Arthur Sheekman, Mack Davis, Max Liebman and Don Herold. Additional dialogue by Arthur Stander and Sydney Zelinka. New sketches by Lew Brown (also ... 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

Height:

5' 7½" (1.71 m)
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Personal Quote:

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

Trivia:

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 »

Trademark:

Sullivan, whose somewhat awkward demeanor was often poked fun of and who had a sense of humor himself, became a media icon.

Nickname:

'The Great Stone Face'

Star Sign:

Libra

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