Mostly Credited As: Fred Allen
Birth Name: John Florence Sullivan
Date Of Birth: May 31, 1894 (Age 61)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date Of Death: March 17, 1956
Cause Of Death: Heart attack in New York City, New York
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Most famous bit on radio was his long-running mock feud with fellow radio comedian (and close friend) Jack Benny.
Besides his mock radio feud with Jack Benny, he also had a mock feud with Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy for a while.
Did not think much of the new medium of television.
Played the clarinet for laughs on his radio show much like fellow comic Jack Benny did with the violin.
Reportedly detested fellow comic Milton Berle.
Co-starred with long-time radio foil Jack Benny in the movie Love Thy Neighbor.
Fred Allen Quotes
Allen: Television is referred to as a medium because it's rare that it's well done.
Allen: Jack Benny killed vaudeville and now the murderer returns to the scene of the crime.
Jack Benny; Sure I killed vaudeville. After what you did to it, it was an act of mercy.
Allen: Jack, you couldn't ad lib a belch after a plate of Hungarian goulash.
Jack Benny; You wouldn't say that if my writers were here.