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Character actor, Fred Allen, was born John Florence Sullivan on May 31, 1894 in Cambridge, MA. Allen died at the age of 61 on Mar 17, 1956 in New York City, NY .


Fred Allen is probably best remembered for his radio work (Town Hall Tonight, The Fred Allen Show), as well as his long-running 'feud' with long-time pal and fellow comedian Jack Benny. He appeared in a handful of films through 1952, most notably Sally Irene and Mary starring Alice Faye, and We're Not Married starring Ginger Rogers and Marilyn Monroe.

(Source: article by Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub).


Allen wrote two autobiographies: Much Ado About Me about his vaudeville days, and Treadmill to Oblivion about his radio days.



He was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Radio and Television. In addition, Allen was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame .

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Sam 'Slick' Brown: An oil well is a hole in the ground surrounded by suckers.

Sam 'Slick' Brown: Pull yourself together, William! What's a confidence man without confidence?

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Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith; pg. 10-12. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387

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.

Star of CBS Radio's "Texaco Star Theater" (1940-1944).

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