Steve Harvey is a media conglomerate personified in a man whose career began doing stand-up comedy in the mid-1980s. His success as a stand-up comedian eventually led to a long stint as host of It's Showtime at the Apollo. His success in stand-up also led to multiple TV shows and movies, serving various roles on some projects acting, hosting, writing and producing. He starred on TV in ABC's Me and The Boys, the WB shows The Steve Harvey Show for six seasons and Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge for two seasons. Harvey also hit the big screen in movies such as Love Don't Cost a Thing, You Got Served, Johnson Family Vacation and Madea Goes to Jail. Recently Harvey celebrated his 11th year as longtime host of BET's Celebration of Gospel.
Throughout his award-winning career, Harvey has never lost sight of his passion for stand-up comedy, continuing to tour the U.S. In 1997 he toured as one of the Kings of Comedy alongside Cedric The Entertainer, the late Bernie Mac and D.L. Hughley. The tour's immediate success led to the taping of one of the most successful comedy DVDs in history – The Original Kings of Comedy – directed by Spike Lee. In 2006 he released Don't Trip…He Ain't Through With Me Yet, a clean and family-friendly DVD, unlike any he had ever done before. Due to the overwhelming demand for his original style of cutthroat and tell-it-like-it-is comedy, Harvey released a new comedy special on DVD in 2008 entitled Still Trippin to critical success. On March 19, 2011 he paired up with Grammy® award winner Kirk Franklin to kick off the first-ever Steve Harvey and Kirk Franklin Comedy Gospel Tour.
Currently Steve Harvey is the new host of the long-running syndicated game show Family Feud which kicked off his second season in Fall 2011. His presence since his debut as the new host in September 2010 has rejuvenated the series and increased Family Feud's TV ratings this season by more than 40 percent.
In September 2000, Harvey created the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show, which currently airs Monday – Friday, 6 – 10 a.m. EST in over 60 markets and has approximately 7 million weekly listeners. Syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks, the #1 rated show celebrated its 5-year anniversary with Premiere Radio on October 3, 2010.
The Steve Harvey Morning Show has also allowed him to share relationship advice with his listeners through the "Strawberry Letter" segment, where he responds to relationship questions. This segment's popularity led to a book deal with HarperCollins. His first book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man was released on January 27, 2009. Harvey's must-have guide to unlocking the male mind, understanding his game, anticipating his moves and countering with unstoppable offense and defense, the widely-acclaimed book was on the New York Times Best Sellers List for 64 weeks. Selling over 2 million copies worldwide, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man has hit #1 in the U.S., Dubai, Malaysia, South Africa and other places, been translated into over 30 languages, and the film rights have been sold to Screen Gems Pictures. The Gems/Sony Pictures Entertainment will star Taraji P. Henson, Michael Ely and Kevin Hart and will be produced by Rainforest Films' Will Packer, who also collaborated with Screen Gems on such hits as Stomp The Yard, This Christmas, and Takers.
Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man's runaway success added another dimension to his life and career, as a relationship advisor. Extending his role, Harvey made multiple appearances on Good Morning America as a contributor on family and relationships; he continues a relationship column in Essence Magazine and launched the dating site LocateYourLove.com.
On December 7, 2010, HarperCollins released Harvey's highly-anticipated second book, Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find, Keep, and Understand a Man, which quickly became another best seller, debuting at #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers List (December 26, 2010). Laying out a 3-Tier, CIA style of questioning that will leave men no choice but to cut to the chase and deliver the truth, Harvey also provides dating tips Decade-by-Decade. Whether you're in your 20s and just starting to date seriously, in your 30s and feeling the tick of the biological clock, in your 40s and reentering the dating field after a divorce, or old enough to join that online dating-for-seniors community that your friends are talking about, Harvey provides insight into what men are looking for in a mate, decade-by-decade.
The popularity of the Steve Harvey Morning Show has also landed Steve Harvey and his co-hosts on the CENTRIC TV network, with The Steve Harvey Project, which premiered November 15, 2010. Receiving rave reviews, The Steve Harvey Project, an hour-long show airing nightly at 9 pm EST, captures Harvey's fast-paced morning show each day. Viewers see Steve Harvey in a brand new Judge Steve skit, celebrity interviews, plus Eugene and his birthdays, Horoscope with the Pastors, Tommy's Tips, the Strawberry Letter, in-studio contestants for Harvey's Singing Talent Show on Tuesdays and the Locate Your Love Dating Segment that is featured every Wednesday.
Long dedicated to philanthropy, Steve Harvey believes that "dreaming is more important than anything." Harvey continues his unending pursuit to further uplifting, educational opportunities with youth through The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation. As a partner with Walt Disney World, Harvey has created the annual Disney's Dreamers Academy, a program mentoring 100 teenage boys and girls, inspiring and exposing them to a number of job skills and career opportunities. He launched The Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men in 2009, a camp for teenage boys from around the country who are without fathers, to share insights and skills to navigate manhood. Hosting 100 boys annually in Dallas, Harvey also continues to expand the initiative, to create satellite programs in 10 additional cities. 2010 also marked Harvey's 8th year hosting the Hoodie Awards, his popular awards show honoring community businesses and leaders, and his 1st Annual Steve Harvey Foundation Gala was held in New York in May 2010 and raised over $1.5 million dollars. Honored by the Trumpet Awards in January 2010 with their highest honor, the Pinnacle Award, Harvey continues to break new ground in creating and supporting programs that will make a difference in the lives of everyday people. For all that he continues to do in the community Steve was named Humanitarian of the Year at the 2011 BET Awards.
While working on all of these projects, Harvey has not lost sight of his passion for fashion and continues to expand his clothing and accessories brand, The Steve Harvey Collection, providing quality choices for men and young boys to look sharp. His multi-faceted success has led to appearances on numerous morning, talk, news and late-night shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Nightline, Good Morning America, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tyra Banks Show, The Early Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, CNN and Larry King Live, and he has also guest-hosted Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
Born in West Virginia, Harvey was raised in Ohio the youngest of five children. A dedicated husband and father, together with his wife Marjorie they are parents to seven children ranging in age from teens to twenties. With a wide range of fans from kids to adults of all ages, whether reaching people as a comedian, radio personality, author, TV host, actor, entrepreneur or philanthropist, Harvey remains true to making personal connections through faith, uplifting words and actions, and everyday life, all while sharing laughs and good times worldwide. Steve Harvey, well-known for his side-splitting comedy, has broken the mold, reinvented himself, and is widely known for his strong family values, savvy business sense, and genuine passion for helping others. This is a man that lives life to its fullest, thanks God for every new day, and always believes in the power of a dream – the future shows no signs of slowing down in the life of Steve Harvey.