Social Icons

Social Connect

Ed Sullivan

Photos / Videos Main Page: 
Videos Main Page: 

Ed Sullivan: Hall of Fame Tribute


“I think my awkwardness on camera is the real reason I am still here today. It has aroused the mother instinct of America.” — Ed Sullivan

He was supposed to have moved “like a sleepwalker.” His smile was once described as “that of a man sucking a lemon.” He was called Mr. Rigor Mortis, the Great Stone Face, the Miltown Maestro, and the Walking Wooden Indian. His personality and his mannerisms made him a prime target for mimicry, and he became one of the most satirized men in America.

Ed Sullivan

Ed Sullivan was an American television personality, sports and entertainment reporter, and longtime syndicated columnist for the New York Daily News and the Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate.

He is principally remembered as the creator and host of the television variety program The Toast of the Town, later popularly—and, eventually, officially—renamed The Ed Sullivan Show.

Broadcast for 23 years from 1948 to 1971, it set a record as the longest-running variety show in US broadcast history.

Ed Sullivan was an American television personality, sports and entertainment reporter, and longtime syndicated columnist for the New York Daily News and the Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate.

He is principally remembered as the creator and host of the television variety program The Toast of the Town, later popularly—and, eventually, officially—renamed The Ed Sullivan Show.

Broadcast for 23 years from 1948 to 1971, it set a record as the longest-running variety show in US broadcast history.

Ed Sullivan was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1985.

Show more

House Party

Until David Letterman stepped down from Late Night this past May, Jerry Foley was the show’s longtime director and supervising producer.

He began in 1990 as technical director on the comedian’s 12:30 a.m. show at NBC and moved with him to CBS in 1993. Two years later he became director and in 2003 was named supervising producer.

As for the Ed Sullivan Theater, Foley knows every nook and cranny. Here he reminisces about his more than two decades at the historic studio:

If These Walls Could Talk…

In a city of extraordinary skyscrapers, one seven-story building in the heart of Manhattan — a television studio — stands tall in singularity.

The Ed Sullivan Theater, on Broadway between West 53rd and West 54th streets, is by no means just a TV studio. The 88-year-old edifice stands proudly on the National Register of Historic Places, and its interior is a designated New York City landmark.

Where in the World is Ed Sullivan?

UPDATE: The Television Academy is happy to announce that the Ed Sullivan statue has been recovered and returned in excellent condition to the Academy.

With the upcoming renovations to the Television Academy campus, this statue will be place in secure storage until those renovations are complete. We would like to thank the Los Angeles Police Department and local media for helping in the search and safe return of this statue.

LAPD Tip Line

Browser Requirements

The TelevisionAcademy.com sites look and perform best when using a modern browser.

We suggest you use the latest version of any of these browsers:


Visiting the site with Internet Explorer or other browsers may not provide the best viewing experience.

Close Window