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Ed Allen (b. c. 1929 in Detroit, Michigan, United States) was a television host noted for his syndicated exercise programs.
Allen was an actor and singer in the United States during his early career, becoming a television program host in 1948. His program was broadcast on 43 American television stations, resulting in fan mail of 3000 letters a week. In 1963, television producer Randy Dandy Martin brought Allen into Canada, recording 65 half-hour episodes of the exercise show in five days. Shortly after his 2 September 1963 debut on CHCH-TV in Hamilton, Ontario, the station received 1131 letters in a nine-day span, raising expectations of syndication throughout Canada.
195 episodes of The Ed Allen Show were produced by the Canadian production team of Al Guest and Jean Mathieson.
Ed Allen had a following of millions of viewers and fans, from all over the world. His exercise Show was still being distributed in the early 90’s. The format was usually set somewhere on a beach in the Bahamas. Barbie, Ed’s second wife was a regular providing various routines. Vinyl LP’s and videos were available. Ed wore a distinctive one-piece polyester jumpsuit while he did his calesthenics. In the late 1960s, he earned an estimated annual income of at least USD$100 000.
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