Fred Allen

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Fred Allen
Fred Allen
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Born:
May 31, 1894
Died:
March 17, 1956
Age:
61
Birth Name:
John Florence Sullivan
Country:
Awards:
2 wins.
Position in rating:
Some Facts
Star of CBS Radio's "Texaco Star Theater" (1940-1944).
Radio comic of the 1930s and '40s.
Worked in vaudeville under a variety of names, including John Sullivan (the one his parents gave him), Paul Huckle, Fred St. James and Benjamin Franklin.
His face & baggy eyes became familiar to millions of movie goers in his mid 30s.
In July, 1955, had an appendectomy, which caused him to miss two telecasts of What's My Line? (1950) where he had found a home as a regular weekly panelist.
Personal Quotes
I learned law so well, the day I graduated I sued the college and got my tuition fees back.
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An actor's popularity is fleeting. His success has the life expectancy of a small boy who is about to look into a gas tank with a lighted match.
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A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized.
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[observation, 1956] Vaudeville is dead. The acrobats, the animal acts, the dancers, the singers and the old-time comedians have taken their final bows and disappeared into the wings of obscurity. For fifty years vaudeville was the popular entertainment of the masses. Nomadic tribes of nondescript players roamed the land. The vaudeville actor was part gypsy and part suitcase. With his brash manner, flashy clothes, capes and cane, and accompanied by his gaudy womenfolk, the vaudevillian brought happiness and excitement to the communities he visited. Vaudeville was more a matter of style than of material. It was not so much what the two and three-a-day favorites said and did, as how they said and did it. For fifty years vaudeville's minstrels found their way into all lands, preaching their gospel of merriment and song, and rousing the rest of the world to laughter and to tears. A few diehards who knew and enjoyed vaudeville hover over their television sets, hoping for a miracle. They believe this electronic device is a modern oxygen tent that in some mysterious way can revive vaudeville and return its colorful performers of yesteryear to the current scene. The optimism of these day and night dreamers is wasted. Their vigils are futile. Vaudeville is dead. Period.
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Hollywood is a place where people from Iowa mistake each other for stars.
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