ED SULLIVAN BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Ed Sullivan was born on September 28th, 1901 in New York City, New York with the birth name Edward Vincent Sullivan. He became an American entertainment writer and a host for television, best known for hosting the program, "The Ed Sullivan Show" (1948-1971). This show was one of the longest running shows in television history.
He began his career as a professional boxer and then became a newspaper sportswriter. Soon he was writing the column for the, New York Graphic as a theatre columnist. He was then hired on to write for, "The New York Daily News" in which he focused on stories around Broadway news and gossip.
In 1933 he not only wrote but also starred in the film, "Mr. Broadway". After years of experience as a writer he then became involved in television work. Ed was hired by CBS in 1948 to do a weekly Sunday night variety show, "Toast of the Town" which later changed names to, "The Ed Sullivan Show". This show is now the, "Late David Letterman Show".
His program appealed to audiences of all ages and mostly incorporated a vaudeville act of some sorts, a comedian, a singer and to entertain children a puppet, "Top Gigio" was always making an appearance. Ed had a good eye for spotting out talented performers that many got their big break making appearances on his show.
His show was the first to have the Beatles perform live in 1964 and they followed with three more live appearances. He was also a large supporter of African American talent and was known to have such groups as, "The Supremes", "The Temptations" and "The Four Tops" make appearances. He also preferred that all acts perform live and not lip sink to their music.
Sullivan also featured a number of Country western stars and he had one act appear a total of 67 times, a Canadian comedy duo, "Wayne & Shuster". Sullivan earned the nickname, 'The Great Stone Face' for his physical appearance. Ed was also known in the industry to lack a decent memory and also would lose his patience quick and get very angry.
Along with hosting his own show, he made numerous appearances on other television shows such as, "Mr. Adams and Eve" (1958), "What's My Line?" (1958) and "The Red Skelton Show" (1961).
In 1971 the shows ratings began to fall and therefore, CBS was forced to cancel the show. In 1973 he did host a 25th anniversary special for CBS. Just one year later on October 13th, 1974, Ed Sullivan passed away in New York City, New York from cancer of the esophagus.
Ed Sullivan is interred in a crypt at the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York. He only married one time to Sylvia Weinstein from April 28th, 1930 until she passed away on March 16th, 1973 and together they had one daughter, Betty Sullivan. He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to television.
1973 Salute to Television's 25th Anniversary
1973 Ed Sullivan's Broadway
1970 The Phynx
1966 The Last of the Secret Agents
1966 The Singing Nun
1965 Hour With Robert Goulet
1963 Bye Bye Birdie
1958 Senior Prom
1933 Mr Broadway
1938 There Goes My Heart
1948 Toast of Our Town