Steve Harvey Wikipedia

For the television series of the same name he hosts, see Steve Harvey (TV series).
Steve Harvey
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 57)

Welch, West Virginia, U.S.
  • Marcia Harvey (m. 1980–94)
  • Mary Lee Shackelford (m. 1996–2005)
  • Marjorie Bridges (m. 2007)
Broderick Steven "Steve" Harvey (born January 17, 1957) 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

      Early years

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

      Comedy career

      Harvey in May 2013
      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.

      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. 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. 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.

      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.

      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.

      Radio host

      Main article: The Steve Harvey Morning Show

      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

      Harvey began hosting Family Feud in September 2010. The show has seen significantly improved ratings under Harvey. As of November 2012, it is the second most-watched daytime syndicated show.

      Personal life

      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 to Marcia Harvey. Harvey also has another son, Wynton (born 1997), from his second marriage to Mary Shackelford. The couple divorced in November 2005. In 2011 Judge Dry accused Mary Harvey of spreading false information about the divorce. She was not left destitute; she was the one who sent their son off to Steve, and there was no mention of an affair with his next wife Marjorie in the divorce proceedings.

      In June 2007, he married Marjorie Bridges, who he says is responsible for making him a better man and changing his life. Harvey and his family split their time between Atlanta (where he hosts his radio show and hosts Family Feud) 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).

      Harvey is a self-proclaimed Christian.


      On May 30, 2009, Harvey appeared on an episode of Larry King Live guest hosted by Joy Behar. During that interview, he asserted that women should not date atheists, who he claimed have "no moral barometer". He opined that atheists are "idiot[s]" and stated that his usual response to discussions with atheists is to walk away.

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


      Television roles

      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

      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

      • 2007: The Syndicated Personality/Show of the Year award by Radio & Records magazine (Other finalists included: Delilah, Blair Garner, Kidd Kraddick, The Lia Show and John Tesh)
      • 2010: Nominated for Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host for Family Feud
      • 2011: The BET Humanitarian Award at the BET Awards of that year
      • 2012: Nominated for Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host for Steve Harvey
      • 2013: Favorite New Talk Show Host award at the 39th People's Choice Awards
      • 2013: The 2,497th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
      • 2014: Outstanding Talk Series Award at the 45th NAACP Image Awards for Steve Harvey
      • 2014: Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host for Family Feud

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