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Steve Harvey
For the television talk show, see Steve Harvey (TV series).
Not to be confused with Steve Harley.
Steve Harvey
Harvey at ceremony receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, May 13, 2013
Born Broderick Stephen Harvey
January 17, 1957 (age 59)
Welch, West Virginia, United States
Residence Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Occupation Actor, comedian, radio and television host, producer, author
Years active 1985–present
Marcia Harvey (m. 1980–94)
Mary Shackelford (m. 1996–2005)
Marjorie Bridges (m. 2007)
Children 7 (including 3 step-children)[1][2]

Broderick Stephen "Steve" Harvey[3] (born January 17, 1957) is an American comedian, television host, producer, radio personality, actor, and author. He hosts The Steve Harvey Morning Show, the Steve Harvey talk show, Family Feud and Little Big Shots. 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 previously hosted Showtime at the Apollo, starred in The Steve Harvey Show, and was featured in The Original Kings of Comedy. He is a three-time Daytime Emmy Award winner, and a 13-time NAACP Image Award winner in various categories.

1 Early life
2 Career
2.1 Comedy
2.2 Radio
2.3 Family Feud
2.4 Dating website
2.5 Steve Harvey (TV series)
2.6 Miss Universe pageant
3 Personal life
4 Filmography
4.1 Television
4.2 Film
5 Awards and honor
Early life
Harvey was born on January 17, 1957[4][5] in Welch, West Virginia, the son of Jesse Harvey, a coal miner, and his wife Eloise Vera.[6][7][8] His first name is Broderick, named after actor Broderick Crawford of the TV series Highway Patrol.[3] Harvey's family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, living on East 112th Street, which would eventually be renamed Steve Harvey Way in 2015.[9] He graduated from Glenville High School in 1974.[9][10][11] Shortly after high school, he attended Kent State University and West Virginia University and is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.[6][10] He has been a boxer, an autoworker, an insurance salesman, a carpet cleaner, and a mailman.[6][10][12][13]

Career Comedy

Harvey in September 2008
Harvey first performed stand-up comedy on October 8, 1985 at the Hilarities Comedy Club in Cleveland, Ohio. In the late 1980s Harvey was homeless for multiple years. He slept in his 1976 Ford when not performing gigs that provided a hotel, and he showered at gas stations or swimming pool showers.[14] Rich and Becky Liss helped Harvey during this time with a contract for carpet cleaning and credit at a travel agency.[15] 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, the show never achieved critical acclaim outside of the African-American community.[16]

In 1997, Harvey continued his work in stand-up comedy, performing on the Kings of Comedy tour 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. He released a hip hop and R&B CD on a record label he founded, and authored the book Steve Harvey's Big Time. That title was also used as the name of his 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.[17] He 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.[18]

In 2008, Harvey hosted the Disney Dreamers Academy, 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.[19]

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,” he said.[20][21]

Main article: The Steve Harvey Morning Show

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
Harvey began hosting Family Feud in September 2010.[6][22] The show has seen significantly improved ratings under Harvey. As of November 2012, it was the second most watched daytime syndicated show.[23]

Harvey also hosted Celebrity Family Feud, where celebrities compete for a chance to donate up to $25,000 to their favorite charity. The show aired for six weeks during the summer of 2015 on ABC.[24][25][26]

Dating website
In September 2014, Harvey launched a new dating website called Delightful to "help Women become more dateable".[27]

Steve Harvey (TV series)
In September 2012, Steve Harvey premiered in first-run syndication. Harvey is the host of the American talk-variety show. It is produced by Endemol USA and is distributed by NBCUniversal Television Distribution in the United States and in Canada. The show is taped in Chicago, Illinois at the WMAQ studios.[28][29][30][31][32] The show has been renewed through 2016.[33]

Miss Universe pageant
In December 2015, Harvey hosted the Miss Universe 2015 pageant in Las Vegas. Upon announcing the final results, he mistakenly named the first runner-up, Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutiérrez, as the winner. A few minutes after she was crowned, Harvey announced that he had read the results incorrectly and that Miss Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach, was the new Miss Universe.[34] He apologized to Wurtzbach outside the venue and later tweeted an apology to both contestants, mistakenly mispronouncing the country names.[35][36][37]

Harvey is set to host the Miss Universe 2016 pageant in the Philippines on January 30, 2017, telling the Miss Universe Organization that he wanted to personally apologize to the Filipinos for the incident that occurred in the last Miss Universe pageant he hosted.[38]

Personal life
Harvey has been married three times and has seven children. From his first marriage, to Marcia Harvey, he has twin daughters and a son.[10][39] From his second marriage, to Mary Shackelford, Harvey has another son.[40] The couple divorced in November 2005.[41] In 2011, Collin County, Texas, 199th District Court Judge Robert Dry expressed concern about Mary Harvey spreading false information about the divorce, with the judge suggesting that she had not been left materially destitute.[42][43]

In June 2007, he married Marjorie Bridges, who he says is responsible for making him a better man and changing his life. Marjorie Harvey has three children of her own. Steve raises them as his own. Steve and Marjorie have four grandchildren: two through Jason's marriage to his wife Amanda, one through Morgan's marriage to her husband Kareem and one through Karli's marriage to husband Ben.[44] Harvey and his family split their time between Atlanta, where his radio show is broadcast and Family Feud is recorded, and Chicago, where he hosts his talk show for NBCUniversal from the company's Chicago studios, though he will host his radio show there as well.[45]

Harvey is a Christian.[46]

Year Title Role Notes
1993–2000 Showtime at the Apollo Himself/Host
1994–1995 Me and the Boys Steve Tower 19 episodes
1996–2002 The Steve Harvey Show Steve Hightower 122 episodes; also producer
2001 The Proud Family The Credit Card (voice) Episode: "Don't Leave Home Without It"
2002, 2003 Essence Awards Himself/Host
2002 My Wife and Kids Steve Episode: "Jay the Artist"
2003 The Parkers Mr. Barnes Episode: "The Hold Up"
2003–2005 Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge Himself/Host Also executive producer
2004, 2005 BET Comedy Awards Himself/Host
2010 Who Wants To Be a Millionaire Himself/Guest host 5 episodes
2010–present Family Feud Himself/Host
2012 Praise the Lord Himself/Guest host November 30
2012–present Steve Harvey Himself/Host
2013 NAACP Image Awards Himself/Host
2015–present Celebrity Family Feud Himself/Host
2015–present Miss Universe Himself/Host
2016 Little Big Shots Himself/Host
Year Title Role Note
2000 The Original Kings of Comedy Himself
2003 The Fighting Temptations Miles the DJ
2003 Love Don't Cost a Thing Clarence Johnson
2004 Johnson Family Vacation Mack
2004 You Got Served Mr. Rad
2005 Racing Stripes Buzz the Fly Voice only
2009 Madea Goes to Jail Himself Cameo appearance
2012 Think Like a Man Himself Cameo appearance; also executive producer
Awards and honors

Harvey receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013
Four-time winner: NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)
Three-time winner: NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Comedy Series (as star of The Steve Harvey Show – 2000, 2001, 2002)
2001: NAACP Image Awards Entertainer of the Year
2007: Syndicated Personality/Show of the Year – Radio & Records magazine[47]
2011: BET Humanitarian Award – 2011 BET Awards[48]
2013: Favorite New Talk Show Host – 39th People's Choice Awards[49]
2013: Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame[6][50]
Two-time winner: NAACP Image Awards Outstanding News/Talk/Info Series (as host of Steve Harvey – 2014, 2015)[51]
2014: Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host[52]
2014: Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Informative (as host/executive producer of Steve Harvey)[52]
2014: NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductee (Radio)
2015: East 112th Street in Cleveland renamed Steve Harvey Way[9]
2015: NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Host – Talk/Reality/Variety/News/Information[51]
2015: Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Informative (as host/executive producer of Steve Harvey)
2016: NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Host - Talk/Reality/Variety/News/Information
2016: NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Variety Series/Special (as host of Family Feud)