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Fred Allen

1894 - 1956

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John Florence Sullivan (May 31, 1894 – March 17, 1956), known professionally as Fred Allen, was an American comedian. His absurdist topically-pointed radio program The Fred Allen Show (1932–1949) made him one of the most popular and forward-looking humorists in the Golden Age of American radio.His best-remembered gag was his long-running mock feud with friend and fellow comedian Jack Benny, but that was only part of his appeal. Radio historian John Dunning (in On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio) wrote that Allen was perhaps radio's most admired comedian and most frequently censored. A master ad libber, Allen often tangled with his network's executives and often barbed them on the air over the battles while developing routines whose style and substance influenced fellow comic talents, including Groucho Marx, Stan Freberg, Henry Morgan, and Johnny Carson; his avowed fans also included President Franklin D. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Fred Allen has received more than 915,280 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). Fred Allen is the 64th most popular presenter (down from 62nd in 2019), the 11,464th most popular biography from United States (down from 10,259th in 2019) and the 41st most popular American Presenter.

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Among presenters, Fred Allen ranks 64 out of 110Before him are Sergey Dorenko, Nikolay Baskov, Monty Hall, Ramdev, Gene Siskel, and Jesse James. After him are Terry Wogan, Drew Carey, Erez Tal, Maury Povich, Tony Wilson, and Alexa Chung.

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Among people born in 1894, Fred Allen ranks 234Before him are Harry Cobby, Frederick E. Morgan, Arthur Fadden, Jacob Opdahl, Earl Eby, and Robert Russell Bennett. After him are Beatrice Lillie, Warren William, Jimmy McHugh, Bud Jamison, and H. V. Evatt. Among people deceased in 1956, Fred Allen ranks 202Before him are Holmes Herbert, Bob Sweikert, Paul Kelly, Malik Ghulam Muhammad, John Geiger, and Walt Faulkner. After him are Fernand Jourdant, Tom Whittaker, Elsie Janis, Margaret Wycherly, Ivan Dresser, and Ralph Morgan.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Fred Allen ranks 11,464 out of 18,182Before him are Charles Barton (1902), Keith Gordon (1961), Frances Harper (1825), Paul Sereno (1957), Elliott Nugent (1896), and Road Warrior Hawk (1957). After him are Glen Rice (1967), Keb' Mo' (1951), Lawrence Shields (1895), Pauline Betz (1919), Milt Campbell (1933), and Jason Everman (1967).

Among PRESENTERS In United States

Among presenters born in United States, Fred Allen ranks 41Before him are Al Franken (1951), Jerry Doyle (1956), Don Cornelius (1936), Al Sharpton (1954), Gene Siskel (1946), and Jesse James (1969). After him are Drew Carey (1958), Maury Povich (1939), Dennis Miller (1953), Master P (1970), Marc Maron (1963), and Perez Hilton (1978).