Allen, Fred, 1894-1956

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1894-05-31
Death 1956-03-17
Americans
English

Biographical notes:

Radio comedian and humorist.

From the description of Papers of Fred Allen, 1932-1951. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78567150

Nat Hiken was head writer for Fred Allen for seven years and created the character of Sgt. Ernei Bilko. He died in 1968 at the age of 54 (Dec. 8, 1968).

From the description of Letters : to Nat Hiken, 1942-1946. (Boston Public Library). WorldCat record id: 39782118

Biographical Note

  • 1894, May 31: Born John Florence Sullivan, Cambridge, Mass.
  • circa 1927 - 1928 : Married Portland Hoffa
  • 1915 - 1916 : Worked in vaudeville as a juggler, touring the United States, Canada, and Australia, sometimes appearing as Fred St. James and Fred James
  • 1939 - 1949 : Wrote, produced, and starred in The Fred Allen Show radio program
  • 1944: Received George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Award
  • 1953 - 1954 : Host, Judge for Yourself (also known as The Fred Allen Show), NBC Television
  • 1954 - 1956 : Panelist, What's My Line? CBS Television
  • 1956, Mar. 17: Died, New York, N.Y.

From the guide to the Fred Allen Radio Scripts, 1934-1949, (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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Subjects:

  • Radio programs
  • Actors
  • American wit and humor
  • Radio scripts

Occupations:

  • Performer
  • Humorists
  • Comedians

Places:

  • United States (as recorded)