Fast Facts

  • Wrote a New York Daily News column titled "Little Old New York," which competed with Walter Winchell's column in the New York Mirror; their rivalry was personal as well as professional.
  • Hosted a CBS radio show in the early 1930s, on which Jack Benny made his national radio debut in 1932.
  • Was visited by guests Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II on the first episode of Toast of the Town (June 20, 1948).
  • Is the namesake of the theater from which his show originated; the Ed Sullivan theater is now home to The Late Show With David Letterman.
  • Once persuaded South Pacific star Ezio Pinza to show up on his doorstep on Valentine's Day to serenade Sullivan's wife, Sylvia, with "Some Enchanted Evening."
  • High-profile guests on the Ed Sullivan Show included the Beatles, who earned a total of $15,000 for their three 1964 appearances on the program.
  • Welcomed the comedy team of Wayne and Shuster to the Ed Sullivan Show 58 times; the duo hold the record for most appearances on the program.
  • Was the subject of a 2009 book, Right Here on Our Stage Tonight!, which chronicles the run of the Ed Sullivan Show.

Awards

  • 1959, Golden Globe — Television Achievement: Winner

Relationships

  • Betty Sullivan Precht — Daughter
  • Sylvia Weinstein — Wife (deceased)

Details

  • Birth Name: Edward Vincent Sullivan
  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Birthday: September 28, 1902, Libra
  • Died: October 13, 1974
  • Profession: TV host, Writer

Trending TonightSee all »

Watch This

Chris Geere and Aya Cash
The You're the Worst cast can act, but can they draw? (Nope!)

We challenged Chris Geere, Aya Cash, Kether Donohue and Desmin Borges to draw 45-second portraits of each other and the results were... interesting