Actor and comedian Marty Allen was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on March 23, 1922. After graduating from high school, Marty joined the Air Corps and served during World War II where he was stationed in Italy. During his time in the Corps, Marty earned a Soldier's Medal for a heroic act during a plane fire. After the war ended, Marty attended University of Southern California where he majored in journalism. To earn money during college, he worked as a comedian at night clubs and even a door-to-door dance salesman. Once Marty's night club act took off, he became popular enough to be able to quit college and do stand-up full time.
During the early 1950s, Marty's career took off when he landed the opening act for several high-profile stars, including Eydie Gorme, and Nat King Cole, and later became part of the comedy team Allen & Rossi. His partnership with Steve Rossi proved to be very lucrative, resulting in a handful of hit comedy albums and over 40 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show
In addition to comedy, Marty also acted with his first role being on the western The Big Valley
. He later made 100s of TV appearances, ranging from guest judging on variety shows, a Hollywood Squares
regular, and several starring roles in made-for-TV movies.
Marty is married to Karon Blackwell and the two currently are performing on cruise ships are touring with Dean Martin's son Ricci Martin.