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Stand up comedian, actor, and radio personality Steve Harvey, who began his career in the mid 1980s, garnered recognition for his popular shows "Me and the Boys" (1994-1995), "The Steve Harvey Show" (1996-2002) and "Steve Harvey's Big Time" (2003-2005). He starred in such films as "The Original Kings of Comedy" (2000), "The Fighting Temptations" (2003), "Love Don't Cost a Thing" (2003), "You Got Served" (2004), "Johnson Family Vacation" (2004) and "Racing Stripes" (2005; voice), and was spotted as a guest in the TV shows "The Proud Family," "My Wife and Kids" and "The Parkers."
As a host, the 6' 2" award-winning comic hosted the syndicated music television show from Harlem's famed theater, "It's Showtime at the Apollo," for seven years (1993-2000) and “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” (2006) for L.A.'s 93.5 KDAY. He is currently hosting a syndicated radio show weekday mornings.
Harvey also released a hip hop and R&B audio CD on a record label he founded and authored a book, “Steve Harvey's Big Time.” Additionally, he launched a clothing line that features dress wear.
On a more personal note, Harvey has been married three times and has four children. His present wife is Marjorie Bridges-Woods, whom he married in 2007.
Childhood and Family:
Born in Welch, West Virginia, on January 17, 1956, Broderick Steven Harvey later moved with family to Cleveland, Ohio. His father, Jesse Harvey (born in 1914), died on April 7, 2000, of black lung disease, and his mother, Eloise Harvey, died of a stroke in 1997 at age 83.
After graduating from Glenville High School in 1974, Harvey attended Kent State University and the University of Virginia. He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and is a born-again Christian.
From his first marriage, Harvey has twin daughters, Karli and Brandi (born in 1982), and a son, Steve, Jr. (born in 1991). From June 21, 1996, to December 2005, he was married to Mary Lee Shackelford, with whom he has a son, Wynton (born in 1997). Shackelford later sued Harvey and his lawyer over the divorce which gave Harvey all the property and businesses.
In Maui, on June 25, 2007, Harvey married Marjorie Bridges-Woods. She has a daughter, Morgan (1987), with Jonathan Boyd, as well as a son, Jason (1992), and a daughter, Lori (1997), with Donnell Woods. Harvey currently resides in New York City.
The Steve Harvey Show
Having worked as an insurance salesman and boxer, Steve Harvey began doing stand-up comedy in the mid-1980s and got his first break when he won an amateur night comedy contest. He was a finalist in the Second Annual Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search in 1989 and performed in clubs in the U.S. and Canada.
Following his early TV exposure on "The Comedy Concert Hour" (The Nashville Network; 1990) and "Comedy From the Caribbean" (A&E; 1992), Harvey became a hit while performing at the "Just for Laughs" comedy festival in Montreal in 1993. That same year, he also began a seven year stint as the host of the syndicated musical television show from Harlem's famed theater, "It's Showtime at the Apollo.” At the start of the 1998-99 seasons, Harvey and Kiki Sheppard hosted a series of "Best of..." episodes until late October. Harvey left the show in 2000 and was replaced by Rudy Rush.
Harvey next received a small role in Renny Harlin's action film starring Sylvester Stallone and John Lithgow, "Cliffhanger" (1993), and starred as widower Steve Tower on the short-lived sitcom "Me and the Boys," which aired on the ABC network from September 20, 1994, until February 28, 1995. He also co-hosted BET's "Diamonds in the Rough" and ABC's "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 1995," as well as guest starred on HBO's "Russell Simmons Def Comedy All-Star Jam." He received his own comedy special on HBO titled "HBO Comedy Half Hour: Steve Harvey" in 1995.
From 1996 to 2002, Harvey headlined The WB sitcom "The Steve Harvey Show," in which he portrayed former funk singer Steve Hightower. His performance received critical acclaim, winning him three Image Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series in 2000, 2001, and 2002, as well as one Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 1999.
During this time, Harvey also served as Master of Ceremonies in Spike Lee's stand-up comedy film, "The Original Kings of Comedy" (2000), in which he co-starred with D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, and Bernie Mac. He also participated in "The Kings of Comedy" tour with Hughley, Cedric, and Mac and promoted the show on the radio, at a hotel, and during a basketball game. During this time, Harvey also appeared in TV commercials for Burger King.
Recalling "The Kings of Comedy" tour with Hughley, Cedric, and Mac, Harvey said, “Being on a comedy tour is like traveling with family; everyone is all having a great time then all of a sudden it turns sour. One thing gets said out of turn and everyone is on everyone's last nerve. After an hour of silence, we all start laughing about it.”
Following Bernie Mac's death of complications of pneumonia on August 9, 2008, Harvey offered an extensive tribute to the late co-star on his show "The Steve Harvey Morning Show."
After the demise of "The Steve Harvey Show," Harvey appeared as the town's wacky alcoholic DJ in Jonathan Lynn's film "The Fighting Temptations" (2003; opposite Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Beyonce Knowles) and played Nick Cannon’s father in the teen comedy movie loosely based on the 1987 film "Can't Buy Me Love," "Love Don't Cost a Thing" (2003; also starring Christina Milian). He also starred in his own stand-up variety show on the WB Network, "Steve Harvey's Big Time" (2003-2005).
“I have seen some crazy people do some crazy things on my variety show. I have to stop and ask them a lot of the time just how they figured out that they could do the things that they do, some of it is just plain freaky.” Steve Harvey
Meanwhile, Harvey became a radio DJ for a hip hop station (97.9 The Beat) in Dallas and for 100.3 The Beat in Los Angeles, Calif. He also appeared as Mr. Rad, a local club owner who produced a street dancing competition, in Chris Stokes' musical "You Got Served" (2004; featuring Marques Houston and Omarion), and portrayed Cedric the Entertainer's know-it-all brother in Christopher Erskin's first feature film directorial project, "Johnson Family Vacation" (2004). In the following year, his voice could be heard as Buzz the blue-eyed horsefly in the animated children feature "Racing Stripes" (2005) alongside David Spade.
In 2006, Harvey's stand-up performance was featured in Leslie Small's film "Don't Trip ... He Ain't Through with Me Yet," which landed the opening-night slot at the 12th annual Urbanworld Film Festival in New York. He also served as the host of “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” for L.A.'s 93.5 KDAY. He is currently hosting a syndicated radio show.
Besides doing stand-up comedy and acting, Harvey also released a hip hop and R&B audio CD on a record label he founded. Additionally, he authored the book “Steve Harvey's Big Time” and launched a clothing line.
Image: Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, "The Steve Harvey Show," 2002
Image: Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, "The Steve Harvey Show," 2001
Image: Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, "The Steve Harvey Show," 2000
Image: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, "The Steve Harvey Show," 1999