Death of Steve Allen

December 26, 1921 - October 30, 2000
Los Angeles, California | Age 78

TV host dies at 78
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Steve Allen, the droll comic who pioneered late night television with the original "Tonight Show,'' composed more than 4,000 songs and wrote 40 books, has died at 78.

He died Monday night at the Encino home of his son, Bill Allen, the son said Tuesday.

Allen also starred as the King of Swing in the 1956 movie ``The Benny Goodman Story.'' He appeared in Broadway shows, on soap operas, wrote newspaper columns, commented on wrestling broadcasts, made 40 record albums, wrote...

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