In the 1920's, '30s, and '40s the single most talented individual in the entertainment world was Noel Coward, who achieved great success as an actor, vocalist, pianist, author, composer, lyricist and director. During a visit to our shores in the early 1950s, Sir Noel described Steve Allen as "the most talented man in America." Andy Williams once said, "Steve Allen does so many things, he's the only man I know who's listed on every one of the Yellow Pages." It is, in fact, difficult to believe there is only one Steve Allen. Not only is he the only TV comedian from the golden Age of Comedy of the 1950s still appearing frequently on TV, but has also expanded to become one of the most universal entertainers of all time.
His amazing career started with the "Tonight Show" which he created and hosted before Johnny Carson and Jay Leno took over. He has published 52 books, including Murder in Hawaii, Die Laughing, and Dumbth.(and 101 Ways to Reason Better and Improve your Mind). Wake Up to Murder, Murder on the Atlantic and But Seriously. He is also the author of the hilarious book More Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion & Morality.
He has starred in many motion pictures, most notably Universal's The Benny Goodman Story, as well as recent TV appearances on ABC's celebrated drama Homicide. He starred on Broadway in The Pink Elephant, and has written over 7,600 songs, including "This Could Be the Start of Something Big," "Picnic", "Impossible," and "Pretend you don't see her." He has written the stirring Irish drama, The Wake, which won an L.A. drama critics' nomination as best play of 1977; and starred in the critically-acclaimed NBC series "The Steve Allen Comedy Hour".
In 1993, Mr. Allen became the Abbot of the world-famed Friars Club, succeeding Milton Berle, and in 1994 the Museum of Television and Radio honored him with a six-month retrospective of his work.
He is married to actress-comedienne Jayne Meadows.