Allen was keenly interested in social justice and wrote pamphlets on a variety of issues including the problems facing migrant workers as well as the problems of capital punishment and nuclear weapons proliferation. Sheldon and later Robert Westbrook.
Allen won a Grammy award in 1963 for best jazz composition with his song The Gravy Waltz. Stephen Valentine Patrick William "Steve" Allen (December 26 1921 – October 30 2000) was an American television personality musician composer actor comedian and writer. He graduated to become the first host of The Tonight Show where he was instrumental in innovating the concept of the television talk show.