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Fred Allen
Birth: May 31, 1894
Cambridge
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Mar. 17, 1956
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Radio Entertainer, Actor. Born John Florence Sullivan on May 31, 1894, Fred Allen began his career in vaudeville before becoming one of radio's most original and admired comedians. Allen began his radio career on October 23, 1932, starring on The Linit Bath Club Revue. By 1934, Allen was starring on Town Hall Tonight, a one-hour show which featured Allen examining current events and interviewing unusual guests. It was here that Allen began radio's longest-running "feud" in 1937, when he made a series of jokes about fellow comedian Jack Benny. Allen invented an entirely new form of radio comedy which consisted of lampooning current events, making fun of his sponsors, and presenting skits that featured a cast of memorable recurring characters. Allenís best-remembered feature was "Allenís Alley," a weekly segment in which he would discuss issues of the day with characters like the blustery Senator Claghorn, Brooklyn housewife Pansy Nussbaum and stoic New Englander Titus Moody. He was featured in the Texaco Star Theater from 1940-1944. Poor health forced Allen off the air in 1944, but he returned in the fall of 1945 with The Fred Allen Show, which lasted until June 26, 1949. He was a regular panelist on "What's My Line?" from 1954-56. Fred Allen was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1988. (bio by: Eamonn) 
 
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  Portland Hoffa (1905 - 1990)*
 
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Burial:
Gate of Heaven Cemetery
Hawthorne
Westchester County
New York, USA
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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- MarBella
 Added: Dec. 18, 2014

- MarBella
 Added: Nov. 17, 2014
Dear Fred,I've been watching you on the old What's My Line Show. Whatin a great sense of humor you had and how you influenced so many late night hosts.Thank you
- Dennis N
 Added: Nov. 17, 2014
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