30 Fascinating Facts About The Fan-Favorite Television Host Steve Harvey


Broderick Stephen "Steve" Harvey, world renowned as a comedian, radio personality, television host, actor, producer and author, has a new series titled "Steve," set to premiere in September 2017 with emphasis on celebrities and pop culture. Here are some facts about the American comedian:

  1. Harvey started as a stand-up comedian who hosted television and radio shows. He is five-time Daytime Emmy Award winner and 14 time NAACP image award winner.
  2. He was born on January 17, 1957, in Welch, West Virginia to Jesse Harvey, a coal miner and Eloise Vera a homemaker.
  3. He was christened Broderick Stephen Harvey, taking after the name of actor Broderick Crawford. He has three siblings, a brother Terry Harvey and two sisters, Pauline Harvey and Mona Harvey.
  4. The family moved to Cleveland when Harvey was four years and his father switched to construction. He values the work ethic his father taught and faith from his mother.
  5. As a boy, he had a serious stutter and he was ridiculed by his friends. He overcame the problem with the help of counterman at a neighborhood deli.
  6. He attended Glenville High School and went to Kent State University, majoring in advertising. But he dropped out in third year, which he regretted later in his life.
  7. Harvey was in to various jobs such as working in assembly line in a Ford auto plant, cleaning carpet, being a boxer, a mailman and also selling insurance policies.
  8. In 1985, when he was 28 years old, he won $ 50 first prize at a comedy club’s amateur night. He quit his insurance job and spent nearly a decade doing stand-up before making it big.
  9. He married Marcia Harvey when he was 28 years old and divorced her in 1994. He felt he wasn’t ready and admitted his shortcoming as a man.
  10. In 1980s, Harvey spent nearly three years homeless, sleeping in his car and having bath at gas station or at swimming pool shower.
  11. On April 16, 1990, he was a finalist at the ‘Second Annual Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search.’
  12. In 1996, he got married to Mary Lee Shackelford for the second time and the couples have a son. He divorced her in November 2005.
  13. In May 2017, his ex-wife Mary sues Harvey for $ 60 million for murdering her soul. She claimed that she allegedly suffered prolonged torture with the infliction of severe mental pain and suffering.
  14. In June 2007, he married Marjorie Bridges-Woods, who is seventeen years younger to Harvey. She works as fashion blogger.
  15. Harvey was overcome by emotion and his tears moved viewers, when Rich and Becky Liss of Orlando contacted him during his birthday special show in January 2013. They were the people who offered crucial help when he was struggling at age 26.
  16. In 1993, he got a break to host ‘It’s Showtime at the Apollo’ and went on to host for seven years.
  17. He starred for the first time in an American sitcom, ‘Me and the Boys’ aired by ABC network from September 1994. He also served as a writer.
  18. He became a T.V star with ‘The Steve Harvey Show’ directed by Stan Lathan which was aired by WB television network from 1996 to 2002.
  19. Harvey along with Hughley, Cedric and Bernie featured in a stand-up comedy film ‘The Original Kings of Comedy’ directed by Spike Lee in 2000. The act was filmed in front of live audience at the ‘Charlotte Coliseum’, North Carolina. He was the master of ceremonies, who used quite a lot of profanity.
  20. In 2003, he hosted his stand-up with sketch comedy and variety show called ‘Steve Harvey’s Big Time Challenge’ where the performers compete for a $ 10,000 in each episode. The show is known for its tag line ‘If you’re crazy enough to do it, America wants to see it.’
  21. The 2012 romantic comedy film ‘Think Like a Man’ is based on the Steve Harvey 2009 book ‘Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.’
  22. On January 17, 2008, he hosted Disney Dreamers Academy in providing high school students with tools, experience and mentoring their need to achieve success. The personal and professional enrichment event was held for four days at Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
  23. On August 02, 2012, performing his final stand-up act at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, he felt he can’t thank fans enough after all these years on stage, doing stand-up for 27 years.
  24. Harvey signed a syndication deal in March 2009 with Premiere Radio Networks and Inner City Broadcasting Corporation to host his show ‘The Steve Harvey Morning Show.’ Originally the show was under ‘Radio One Inc.’ broadcasting company from 2000 to 2005.
  25. Harvey revived the American television game show ‘Family Feud’ when he started to host it from September 2010. The rating for the show increased as much as 40% in two years and it was the most watched syndicated game show on television.
  26. Following his successful TV series ‘Steve Harvey’ premiered on first-run syndication, he is set to launch a new series called ‘Steve’ from September 2017, emphasize celebrities and pop culture.
  27. In September 2014, he launched a new dating website called ‘’ to help women build relationship.
  28. In January 2017, Harvey made headline for all the wrong reasons, when he thought the very possibility of white or black women dating Asian man was funny. The remark irked the Asian community.
  29. Harvey hosted the ‘Miss Universe’ pageant in Las Vegas in 2015 and in Philippines on January 30, 2017. He was apologetic personally to Filipinos for fumbling during announcement of result at last pageant.
  30. He has authored many books such as ‘Straight Talk, No Chaser,’ ‘Jump’ apart from ‘Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.
  31. Steve Harvey Net Worth: $100 Million

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