Steve Harvey

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Steve Harvey
SteveHarveyHWOFMay2013.jpg
Harvey at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, May 2013
Birth nameBroderick Steven Harvey
Born(1957-01-17) January 17, 1957 (age 56)
Welch, West Virginia
SpouseMarcia Harvey (1980–1994)
Mary Lee Shackelford (1996–2005)
Marjorie Bridges (2007–present)
Websitesteveharvey.com
 
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Steve Harvey
SteveHarveyHWOFMay2013.jpg
Harvey at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, May 2013
Birth nameBroderick Steven Harvey
Born(1957-01-17) January 17, 1957 (age 56)
Welch, West Virginia
SpouseMarcia Harvey (1980–1994)
Mary Lee Shackelford (1996–2005)
Marjorie Bridges (2007–present)
Websitesteveharvey.com

Broderick Steven "Steve" Harvey (born January 17, 1957)[1] is an American actor, comedian, entertainer, television/radio personality and author. He hosts The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Steve Harvey, and Family Feud. He is the author of Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, which was published in March 2009, and the book Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find and Keep a Man.

Harvey starred in The Steve Harvey Show, and he was featured in The Original Kings of Comedy. He also hosts the Steve Harvey Project, on an extended cable channel.

Life and career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Steve Harvey was born on January 17, 1957 in Welch, West Virginia, the son of Eloise and Jesse Harvey, a coal miner.[2][3] His family moved to Cleveland, Ohio where he graduated from Glenville High School in 1974.[4][5] Shortly after high school he attended Kent State University and West Virginia University and is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.[4][2] He has been a boxer, an insurance salesman, a carpet cleaner, and a mailman.[4][2][6][7]

Comedy career[edit]

Harvey in May 2013

Steve Harvey first performed stand-up comedy on October 8, 1985 at the Hilarities Comedy Club in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a finalist in Second Annual Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search performing on April 16, 1990, eventually leading to a long stint as host of It's Showtime at the Apollo, succeeding Mark Curry in that role. His success as a stand-up comedian led to a starring role on the ABC show Me and the Boys in 1994. He would later star on the WB network show, The Steve Harvey Show, which ran from 1996 to 2002. While popular in the African-American community (the show won multiple NAACP Image Awards), the show never achieved critical acclaim outside of the African-American community, a matter about which Harvey has often complained.[8]

In 1997, Harvey continued his work in stand-up comedy, touring as one of the Kings of Comedy, along with Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley and Bernie Mac. The comedy act would later be put together into a film by Spike Lee called The Original Kings of Comedy. DVD sales of The Original Kings of Comedy and Don't Trip, He Ain't Through With Me Yet increased Harvey's popularity. Harvey released a hip hop and R&B CD on a record label he founded, and authored a book, Steve Harvey's Big Time. That title was also used as the name of Harvey's comedy and variety television show (later renamed Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge) which aired on The WB network from 2003 until 2005. Harvey also launched a clothing line which featured a line of dress wear. In 2005 he co-starred in the movie Racing Stripes. He had appeared in the 2003 movie The Fighting Temptations alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyoncé Knowles.[9] Harvey achieved further critical and commercial success through his book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man and its subsequent cinematic follow-up Think Like a Man, an ensemble romantic comedy depicting characters taking advice on dating from the book.[10]

In 2008, Harvey hosted the Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey, a teen-focused personal and professional enrichment event that took place January 17–20, 2008 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Harvey along with a team of judges chose 100 teens to attend the event.[11]

On August 2, 2012, Harvey performed his final stand-up act at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, ending a 27-year career as a stand-up comedian. The two-hour performance was broadcast live on Pay-Per-View. “The road to this final show has been an amazing journey, doing stand-up for the past 27 years, and I can’t thank fans enough after reflecting on all those years on stage,” said Harvey.[12][13]

Radio host[edit]

Steve Harvey hosting his syndicated radio show in 2010.

Harvey is the host of a weekday-morning radio program, The Steve Harvey Morning Show, which was originally syndicated through Radio One, Inc. from September 2000 until May 2005, and which continues to air to the present time.

Family Feud[edit]

Harvey began hosting Family Feud in September 2010, and is the first African American to do so.[2][14] The show has seen significantly improved ratings under Harvey. As of November 2012, it is the second most-watched daytime syndicated show.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Harvey in 2008

Harvey has been married three times and has four biological children. He has twin daughters, Karli and Brandi (born 1982) and a son, Broderick Jr. (born 1991), from his first marriage[16] to Marcia Harvey.[4] Harvey also has another son, Wynton (born 1997), from his second marriage to Mary Shackelford. The couple divorced in November 2005.[17] Mary Harvey claims Steve was breaking his wedding vows in a long term affair with Marjorie, his next wife.[18]

In June 2007 he married his current wife, Marjorie Bridges, who he says is responsible for making him a better man and changing his life[19] The Harveys moved from Atlanta, Georgia and currently live in Chicago area to tape a daily talk show for NBCUniversal from the company's Chicago studios. Production on Family Feud and the radio show will remain in Atlanta, though Harvey will host the radio show from Chicago as well.[20]

Harvey is a devout Christian.[21]

Controversy[edit]

On May 30, 2009, Harvey appeared on an episode of Larry King Live guest hosted by Joy Behar.[22] During that interview, Harvey asserted that women should not date atheists, who he claimed have "no moral barometer". Harvey stated that he refuses to speak to anyone claiming to be an atheist, who he said are "idiot(s)".

In August 2011 on his radio show, Harvey called Cornel West and Tavis Smiley, "Uncle Toms" because of their criticism of President Barack Obama.[23]

Filmography[edit]

Television roles[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1993–2000Showtime at the ApolloHimself/Host
1994–1995Me and the BoysSteve Tower19 episodes
1996–2002Steve Harvey Show, TheThe Steve Harvey ShowSteve Hightower122 episodes; also producer
2001Proud Family, TheThe Proud FamilyThe Credit Card (voice)Episode: "Don't Leave Home Without It"
2002, 2003Essence AwardsHimself/Host
2002My Wife and KidsSteveEpisode: "Jay the Arist"
2003Parkers, TheThe ParkersMr. BarnesEpisode: "The Hold Up"
2003–2005Steve Harvey's Big Time ChallengeHimself/HostAlso executive producer
2004, 2005BET Comedy AwardsHimself/Host
2010Who Wants To Be a MillionaireHimself/Guest host5 episodes
2010–presentFamily FeudHimself/Host
2012Praise the LordHimself/Guest hostNovember 30
2012–presentSteve HarveyHimself/Host
2013NAACP Image AwardsHimself/Host

Film roles[edit]

YearTitleRoleNote
2000Original Kings of Comedy, TheThe Original Kings of ComedyHimself
2003Fighting Temptations, TheThe Fighting TemptationsMiles the DJ
2003Love Don't Cost a ThingClarence Johnson
2004Johnson Family VacationMack
2004You Got ServedMr. Rad
2005Racing StripesBuzz the FlyVoice only
2009Madea Goes to JailHimselfCameo appearance
2012Think Like a ManHimselfCameo appearance; also executive producer

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Born in 1957 per Intelius check of "Broderick S. Harvey" giving age of 52 as of April 11, 2009
  2. ^ a b c d e ‘Family Feud’ Host Steve Harvey to Get Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, The Beverly Hills Courier, May 13, 2013
  3. ^ "Steve Harvey Biography (1957?-)". Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  4. ^ a b c d Steve Harvey Yahoo Movies
  5. ^ Dawidziak, Mark (2009-08-17). "Steve Harvey joins 'Good Morning America'". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  6. ^ Yadegaran, Jessica (2010-07-20). "15 Minutes with Steve Harvey". Contra Costa Times. 
  7. ^ "Steve Harvey has emotional reunion". 2013-01-09. 
  8. ^ "Steve Harvey- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Brown, Scott (September 18, 2003). "The Fighting Temptations". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  10. ^ Saltz, Rachel (April 19, 2012). "‘Think Like a Man’ Brings Steve Harvey’s Book to Life". New York Times. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey Concludes at Disney World in Florida". 2008-01-20. Retrieved 2008-08-19. [dead link]
  12. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/01/steve-harvey-grand-stand-up-finale_n_1730387.html
  13. ^ http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/watch-steve-harveys-tearful-goodbye-to-stand-up-at-his-final-show
  14. ^ Albiniak, Paige (2010-01-21). "Steve Harvey to host Family Feud". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  15. ^ "Looking to Reach Women in Daytime TV? Syndication Is a Solid Alternative - 2012-11-07 19:11:10 | Broadcasting & Cable". Broadcastingcable.com. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  16. ^ "Harvey in June 2008 Essence Mag Father's Day article". 
  17. ^ "Steve Harvey" at PerfectPeople.net
  18. ^ "Steve Harvey's Ex-Wife Blasts Him For Cheating". http://www.huffingtonpost.com/. April 2011. Retrieved October 5, 2013. 
  19. ^ His New Wife is the Woman Who Changed His Life By Karu F. Daniels, November 6, 2009, Black Voices
  20. ^ Michael, Oneal (12 March 2012). "Steve Harvey hitting town with new show". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  21. ^ Thomasos, Christine (6 August 2012). "Steve Harvey Credits God for Career During Emotional Final Comedy Show". The Christian Post. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  22. ^ Behar, Joy (30 May 2009). "Steve Harvey on relationships". CNN. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  23. ^ Steve Harvey: Cornel West, Tavis Smiley are 'Uncle Toms' Deron Dalton. the Grio.com. August 10, 2011. Retrieved August 19, 2013
  24. ^ "2007 Industry Achievement Awards". Radio and Records. September 28, 2008. 
  25. ^ "Bet Awards '11 Exclusives: Humanitarian Award Winner Steve Harvey". Bet.com. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  26. ^ "Steve Harvey accepts his People's Choice Award". YouTube. January 20, 2013. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  27. ^ Michael Palumbo, Steve Harvey Honored With Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, Variety, May 13, 2013

External links[edit]

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Preceded by
John O'Hurley
Host of Family Feud
2010-present
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