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.


  • 1959, Golden Globe — Television Achievement: Winner


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


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

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