• Biography

Steve Harvey is known as a comedian, radio personality, and TV show host. He is most famous for his hosting gig on Family Feud.



Broderick Steven Harvey was born in Welch, West Virginia, on January 17, 1957. He was the most youthful of five children born to Eloise and Jesse Harvey, a coal digger who passed away in 2000 of black lung illness.

When Steve was still a young boy, his family moved to Cleveland, where he graduated from Glenville High School in 1974. He returned to his home state and went West Virginia University for his college studies. In the wake of completing his college education, Harvey spent his mid-20s working various jobs including insurance sales rep, mailman while he searched for his passion.


Harvey eventually discovered his true calling on the stage, performing stand-up comedy without any prior experience in 1985. After making his name in the comedy world, he finally got his big break in 1996 when he got his own sitcom, The Steve Harvey Show, on the new WB channel. Harvey partnered with another comic named Cedric the Entertainer, who played Harvey's closest companion on the show and would later go along with him on a national comedy tour.

On that tour called The Kings of Comedy, Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer joined Bernie Mac and D.L. Hughley on a four-man show that turned into an unexpected national hit. In 1999, The Kings of Comedy turned into the most successful tour in the United States, rounding up more than $19 million in ticket sales.

Harvey and his three sidekicks ended up as nationally famous people, a status increased by the arrival of Spike Lee's 2000 documentary, The Original Kings of Comedy, which caught the highlights of a two-night show in North Carolina before an enthusiastic gathering of fans. Fans who saw the show on screen felt a similar way. The film, which cost just $3 million to make, eventually earned more than $38 million in the cinematic box office.

Personal Life


As a born-again Christian, Steve Harvey has been married multiple times. He has twin little girls, Brandi and Karli, and a boy, Broderick Jr., from his first marriage, and another boy, Wynton, from his second. He appreciates investing energy with his huge, mixed family. His present spouse, Marjorie Bridge Harvey, whom he married in 2007, brought three past children of her own into their marriage.

Date modified: Aug 9, 2020
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