Fred Allen Overview:

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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One of Fred Allen's best known schticks was his long-standing feud with fellow comedian Jack Benny. The two often appeared on each other's radio programs to trade barbs. Sadly, other than an appearance on "The Jack Benny Program," in which Fred tries to steal Jack's sponsor, this did not carry over into television, as Allen died shortly after beginning his own TV show. In real life, of course, Benny and Allen were great friends, and Benny even took time on his radio program to eulogize Allen after his death.

Radio comic of the 1930s and '40s.

Distant relative of comedian Joe Lipari. (Mr. Allen was Joe's grandfather's cousin.).

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