“The hair is real. It’s the head that’s a fake” is just one of the quips uttered by Steve Allen.

As the original host of The Tonight Show, he invented the format that both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno perfected.  He started the ‘man on the street’ interviews and audience participation comedy breaks.

During his career, he penned or co-penned about fifty works of fiction and non-fiction as well as thousands of songs.

Favorite quote: “I used to be a heavy gambler, but now I just make mental bets.  That’s how I lost my mind.”

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