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Ed Sullivan Biography

Ed Sullivan (Full name – Edward Vincent Sullivan) was an American television personality, sports and entertainment reporter, and also a syndicated columnist for the New York Daily News and the Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate. Sullivan was born on September 28, 1901, Manhattan, New York, U.S., and died on  October 13, 1974, in Manhattan, New York, U.S.

During television’s infancy, Sullivan was a broadcasting pioneer at many levels. As television critic David Bianculli wrote, Before MTV, Sullivan presented rock acts. Before Bravo, he did jazz and classical music and theater. Before the Comedy Channel, even before there was the Tonight Show, Sullivan discovered, anointed and familiarized young comedians.

Prior to, there were 500 channels, before there was cable, Ed Sullivan was where the choice was. From the start, he was truly the Toast of the Town.

How Old Was Ed Sullivan When He Died | Ed Sullivan Age

Sullivan was born on September 28, 1901, in Harlem, Manhattan, New York, USA, and grew up in Port Chester, New York. His parents were Elizabeth F. (née Smith) and Peter Arthur Sullivan, a customs house employee, all of the Irish descent. As at the time of his death in 1974, Ed Sullivan was 73 years old.

Ed Sullivan Death

X-ray examination in early September 1974, revealed that Sullivan had an advanced growth of esophageal cancer. The family chose to keep the diagnosis a secret from him even though his doctors gave him very little time to live.

On the other hand, Sullivan still believed that his ailment was yet another complication from a long-standing battle with gastric ulcers. He died five weeks later on October 13, 1974, at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital, two weeks after his 73rd birthday.

His requiem mass was held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, on a cold, rainy day and the funeral was attended by 3,000. Sullivan was laid to rest in a crypt at the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6101 Hollywood Blvd.

Ed Sullivan Family

 Parents

His parents were Elizabeth F. (née Smith) and Peter Arthur Sullivan, a customs house employee, all of the Irish descent. However, he named his daughter the name of his mother who had passed that year.

Children

Ed Sullivan and his wife Sylvia had one child named  Elizabeth “Betty” Precht who was born on Dec. 22, 1930, in New York City and died Saturday, June 7, 2014. However,  Elizabeth was an American biochemist between the 1920s and 1940s at Russell Miller Milling Company.

Ed Sullivan Wife

Ed Sullivan was engaged to champion swimmer Sybil Bauer. However, the couple never married as Bauer died of cancer in 1927 at the age of 23. Sullivan met and began dating Sylvia Weinstein in 1926. Weinstein tried to lie to her Jewish family, saying that she was dating a man named Ed Solomon, but her brother figured out she meant Ed Sullivan.

The affair was on-again-off-again for three years as both families were strongly opposed to a Catholic–Jewish marriage. Against the odds, the couple was finally married on April 28, 1930, in a City Hall ceremony, and 8 months later Sylvia gave birth to Elizabeth (“Betty”), named after Sullivan’s mother, who had died that year.

The Ed Sullivan Show | Ed Sullivan Really Big Show

In 1948, a producer at the CBS network, Marlo Lewis, got the network to hire Sullivan to do a weekly Sunday-night TV variety show, Toast of the Town. Later, the show became The Ed Sullivan Show.

Actually, Sullivan was known as the creator and host of the television variety program The Toast of the Town which was then popularly and officially—renamed The Ed Sullivan Show. The show runs from 1948 to 1971, thereby setting a record as the longest-running variety show in US broadcast history having broadcast for 23 years. It is one of our fondest, dearest pop culture memories.

The show debuted in June 1948 and was originally broadcast from the Maxine Elliott Theatre on West 39th Street in New York City. It moved to CBS-TV Studio 50, at 1697 Broadway (at 53rd Street) in New York City in January 1953, which in 1967 was named again the Ed Sullivan Theater (and was later the home of the Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert). From 1936 to 1953, Studio 50 was formerly a CBS Radio studio, and before that was the legitimate Hammerstein Theatre, built-in 1927.

The show’s ranking had diminished by 1971. CBS call off the program in March 1971, along with some of its other longtime shows throughout the 1970–1971 season in an effort to refresh its lineup. The series of cancelations later came to be known as the rural purge. Sullivan was annoyed and rejected to do a final show,

Ed Sullivan Beatles

While at Heathrow Airport in November 1963, Sullivan witnessed Beatlemania as the band returned from Sweden. Even though he was reluctant to book the Beatles at first because the band did not have a commercially successful single released in the US at the time, Sullivan signed the group but at the behest of a friend, legendary impresario Sid Bernstein.

On February 9, 1964, the Beatles’ initial Sullivan show appearance, was the most-watched program in television history to that point and remains one of the most-watched programs of all time. The Beatles are seen three more times in person and given out filmed performances later.

Ed Sullivan Net Worth

Ed Sullivan was an American television personality, reporter, and syndicated columnist who had a net worth equal to $20 million after adjusting for inflation at the time of his death.

Ed Sullivan Show Guests Lists

  • The Doors
  • Elvis Presley
  • The Beatles
  • The Byrds
  • The Rolling Stones
  • The Supremes
  • Buddy Holly and the Crickets

Ed Sullivan Mouse ( Topo Gigio)

Topo Gigio is a soft foam mouse with dreamy eyes and a friendly, childish personality, was very popular in Italy for many years not only on television but also in children’s magazines, such as the classicalCorriere Dei Piccoli, animated cartoons, merchandising and movies. The character, made in 1958 by artist Maria Perego,  launched on Italian television in 1959 and has been customarily voiced by actor Giuseppe “Peppino” Mazzullo and then Davide Garbolino. The Italian nickname “Gigi” is a derivative of Luigi (Louis) so Topo Gigio could be interpreted Louie Mouse.

Now, Topo Gigio still has faithful fans and has become an icon of Italian pop culture. Also, He performs regularly at the Zecchino d’Oro festival and other programs created by Antoniano and RAI. In 1965, a feature-length motion picture The Magic World of Topo Gigio was Allowed internationally.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ed Sullivan

Who was Ed Sullivan?

Ed Sullivan was an American television personality, sports and entertainment reporter, and syndicated columnist for the New York Daily News and the Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate.

How old was Ed Sullivan?

Sullivan was born on September 28, 1901, and died on  October 13, 1974. He died at the age of 73.

How tall was Ed Sullivan?

He had a standing height of 171 cm

Was Ed Sullivan married?

He was married to Sylvia Weinstein on April 28, 1930. Later, his wife died in March 1973 and Sullivan died the following year, on October 13, 1974,

How much was Ed Sullivan worth?

Ed Sullivan was an American television personality, reporter, and syndicated columnist who had a net worth equal to $20 million after adjusting for inflation at the time of his death.

Where does Ed Sullivan live?

Sullivan was laid to rest in a crypt at the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York.

Is  Ed Sullivan dead or alive?

Dead due to esophageal cancer.