1. Steve Allen once considered running for a seat in Congress from California, calling his politics "middle-of-the-road radicalism.
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2. Steve Allen made a last appearance on The Tonight Show on September 27, 1994, for the show's 40th anniversary broadcast.
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4. Steve Allen was a Democrat; his wife was a Republican.
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9. Steve Allen appeared on the shows of other entertainers, even the mildly rock 'n' roll program The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom on ABC.
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15. Steve Allen composed the score to Paul Mantee's James Bond-wannabee film A Man Called Dagger, with the score orchestrated by Ronald Stein.
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19. Steve Allen initially produced a version in 1971 that aired locally in Los Angeles and earned three Local Emmy Awards.
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22. Steve Allen hosted a number of television programs up until the 1980s, including The New Steve Allen Show in 1961 and the game show I've Got a Secret in 1964.
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23. Steve Allen presented Southern California eccentrics, including health food advocate Gypsy Boots, quirky physics professor Dr Julius Sumner Miller, wacko comic Professor Irwin Corey, and an early musical performance by Frank Zappa.
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24. In September 1959, Steve Allen relocated to Los Angeles and left Sunday night television.
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25. Steve Allen helped the then-new Polaroid camera become popular by demonstrating its instant-picture capabilities during live commercials and amassed a huge financial windfall for his work because he had opted to be paid for it in Polaroid Corporation stock.
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29. Steve Allen achieved national attention when he was pressed into last-minute service to guest host the hugely popular Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts when Godfrey was unable to appear.
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33. Steve Allen was born in New York City, son of Billy and Isabelle Allen (nee Donohue), a husband and wife vaudeville comedy team.
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36. Steve Allen gained national attention as a guest host on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts.
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