Fred Allen

Birth Name: John Florence Sullivan

Date of Birth: May 31, 1894

Place of Birth: Cambridge, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States

Date of Death: March 17, 1956

Place of Death: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: Irish

Fred Allen was an American comedian. He was the host of The Fred Allen Show on radio from 1932 to 1949.

Fred was the son of Cecelia/Cecilia J. (Herlihy) and James Henry Sullivan. He was married to comedian, actress, and dancer Portland Hoffa, until his death.

Fred’s paternal grandfather was named Florence Sullivan.

Fred’s paternal grandmother was named Margaret Ryan.

Fred’s maternal grandfather was John Herlihy (the son of Jeremiah Herlihy and Elizabeth Callahan). John was Irish.

Fred’s maternal grandmother was named Julia Murphy. Julia was Irish.

Sources: Genealogy of Fred Allen (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogies of Fred Allen (focusing on his mother’s side) –


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