Fred Allen Biography (1894-1956)

Original name, John Florence Sullivan; born May 31, 1894, in Cambridge, MA; died March 17, 1956, in New York, NY; son of a bookbinder and storyteller; married Portland Hoffa (an actress), 1927 (some sources say 1928). Career: Actor, comedian, producer, and writer. Worked in vaudeville as a juggler, touring the United States, Canada, and Australia, 1915-16, sometimes appearingas Fred St. James and Fred James. Awards, Honors: George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Award, 1944; inducted into National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, 1977.

Much of Allen's correspondence can be found in Papers, 1932-1951, housed at the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress.*

Actor, comedian, producer, writer
Birth Details
May 31, 1894
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Death Details
March 17, 1956
New York, New York, United States

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