Steve Harvey

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Steve Harvey
Harvey at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, May 2013
Birth name Broderick Steven Harvey
Born (1957-01-17) January 17, 1957 (age 58)
Welch, West Virginia, U.S.
  • Marcia Harvey (m. 1980–94)
  • Mary Lee Shackelford (m. 1996–2005)
  • Marjorie Bridges (m. 2007)
Children 4

Broderick Steven "Steve" Harvey (born January 17, 1957)[1] is an American comedian, television host, radio personality, actor, 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 previously hosted Showtime at the Apollo, starred in The Steve Harvey Show, and was featured in The Original Kings of Comedy. He is a two-time Daytime Emmy Award winner, and an 11-time NAACP Image Award winner in various categories.

Life and career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Steve Harvey was born on January 17, 1957 in Welch, West Virginia, the son of Jesse Harvey, a coal miner, and his wife Eloise.[2][3] His first name is Broderick, named after actor Broderick Crawford. Harvey's family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, living on East 112th Street (which would eventually be renamed Steve Harvey Way in his honor in 2015),[4] where he graduated from Glenville High School in 1974.[5][6] Shortly after high school, he attended Kent State University and West Virginia University and is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.[2][5] He has been a boxer, an insurance salesman, a carpet cleaner, and a mailman.[2][5][7][8]

Comedy career[edit]

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.[9] Rich and Becky Liss helped Harvey during this time with a contract for carpet cleaning and credit at a travel agency.[10] 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.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13]

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.[14]

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.[15][16]

Radio host[edit]

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.[2][17] The show has seen significantly improved ratings under Harvey. As of November 2012, it was the second most-watched daytime syndicated show.[18]

Dating website[edit]

In September 2014, Steve Harvey launched a new concept of dating website, called Delightful, to "help Women 'become more dateable".[19]

Personal life[edit]

Harvey has been married three times and has four biological children. He has twin daughters, Karli and Brandi (born 1982), Broderick Steve Jr., from his first marriage[20] to Marcia Harvey.[5] Harvey also has another son, Wynton (born 1997), from his second marriage to Mary Shackelford.[21] The couple divorced in November 2005.[22] In 2011, Collin County 199th District Court Judge Robert Dry expressed concern about Mary Harvey spreading false information about the divorce, suggesting that she had not been left materially destitute. [23][24]

In June 2007, he married Marjorie Bridges, who he says is responsible for making him a better man and changing his life.[25] Harvey and his family split their time between Atlanta (where he hosts his radio show) 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).[26]

Harvey is a self-proclaimed Christian.[27]


On May 30, 2009, Harvey appeared on an episode of Larry King Live guest hosted by Joy Behar.[28] 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.[29]


Television roles[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993–2000 Showtime at the Apollo Himself/Host
1994–1995 Me and the Boys Steve Tower 19 episodes
1996–2002 Steve Harvey Show, TheThe Steve Harvey Show Steve Hightower 122 episodes; also producer
2001 Proud Family, TheThe 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 Arist"
2003 Parkers, TheThe 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

Film roles[edit]

Year Title Role Note
2000 Original Kings of Comedy, TheThe Original Kings of Comedy Himself
2003 Fighting Temptations, TheThe 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[edit]

Harvey receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013


  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 East 112th Street renamed "Steve Harvey Way" - Cleveland Scene Magazine
  5. ^ a b c d Steve Harvey Yahoo Movies
  6. ^ Dawidziak, Mark (2009-08-17). "Steve Harvey joins 'Good Morning America'". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  7. ^ Yadegaran, Jessica (2010-07-20). "15 Minutes with Steve Harvey". Contra Costa Times. 
  8. ^ "Steve Harvey has emotional reunion". 2013-01-09. 
  9. ^ Triggs, Charlotte (October 3, 2013). "Steve Harvey: I Was Homeless for Three Years". People. Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  10. ^ Boedeker, Hal (January 23, 2013). "Steve Harvey sheds tears over generous Orlando supporters". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on September 26, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Steve Harvey- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  12. ^ Brown, Scott (September 18, 2003). "The Fighting Temptations". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  13. ^ Saltz, Rachel (April 19, 2012). "‘Think Like a Man’ Brings Steve Harvey’s Book to Life". New York Times. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  14. ^ Disney Dreamers Academy
  15. ^ The Huffington Post
  16. ^ Indiewire
  17. ^ Albiniak, Paige (2010-01-21). "Steve Harvey to host Family Feud". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  18. ^ "Looking to Reach Women in Daytime TV? Syndication Is a Solid Alternative - 2012-11-07 19:11:10 | Broadcasting & Cable". Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  19. ^ Steve Harvey Launches A Site To Help Women 'Become More Dateable',, September 10, 2014
  20. ^ "Harvey in June 2008 Essence Mag Father's Day article". 
  21. ^
  22. ^ "Steve Harvey" at
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  24. ^ "Steve Harvey's Ex-Wife Blasts Him For Cheating". The Huffington Post. April 2011. Retrieved October 5, 2013. 
  25. ^ His New Wife is the Woman Who Changed His Life By Karu F. Daniels, November 6, 2009, Black Voices
  26. ^
  27. ^ Thomasos, Christine (6 August 2012). "Steve Harvey Credits God for Career During Emotional Final Comedy Show". The Christian Post. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  28. ^ Behar, Joy (30 May 2009). "Steve Harvey on relationships". CNN. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  29. ^ Steve Harvey: Cornel West, Tavis Smiley are 'Uncle Toms' Deron Dalton. the August 10, 2011. Retrieved August 19, 2013
  30. ^ "2007 Industry Achievement Awards". Radio and Records. September 28, 2008. 
  31. ^ "Bet Awards '11 Exclusives: Humanitarian Award Winner Steve Harvey". Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  32. ^ "Steve Harvey accepts his People's Choice Award". YouTube. January 20, 2013. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  33. ^ Michael Palumbo, Steve Harvey Honored With Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, Variety, May 13, 2013
  34. ^ a b 2015 NAACP Image Awards winners - Zap 2
  35. ^ a b 2014 Emmy winners - Emmy

External links[edit]

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Preceded by
John O'Hurley
Host of Family Feud