To celebrate the beloved game show host’s 64th birthday, here is everything you should know about Steve Harvey.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Steve Harvey is everywhere. The beloved game show host has earned himself the nickname as the busiest man in the industry due to his hosting duties on “Family Feud,” “Little Big Shots,” his Facebook talk show, “Steve,” his radio program, and as the host of the Miss Universe pageant. However, Harvey is so much more than his dazzling white teeth and sharp suits.
It’s no lie that Harvey spends most of his time entertaining viewers. According to his website, Harvey’s face is broadcast into the lives of 178,000,000 viewers in the U.S. each year—that’s reportedly over 55 percent of the total U.S. population. Since Harvey is everywhere, here are some facts about the TV icon you may not know.
Harvey’s First Name Isn’t Steve
On January 17, 1957, the world met Broderick Stephen Harvey. Born in Welch, West Virginia, his parents name him after “Highway Patrol” actor Broderick Crawford, but as he got older, he wanted people to refer to him as “Steve.”
Going From Homeless to Catching His Big Break
While Harvey struggled to make it in show-business, he endured tough times that spanned over a few years that left him homeless.
In an interview, Harvey revealed that he was homeless for three years while trying to make it as a comedian. “It was crushing,” he said. He even lived in his vehicle while traveling around the country determined to make it in the industry.
Harvey would go from homeless to hotshot when he finally got his big break in 1990 when Harvey entered a national comedy competition. After the show, things would forever change for Harvey when he won the competition. Following his big win, he garnered producers’ attention for “Showtime at the Apollo,” which became his first hosting gig.
Harvey Overcame A Stutter
It took time for Steve Harvey to become the experienced host he’s known as today. During an episode of his talk show, Harvey revealed he suffered from a stuttering condition.
Steve admitted that he was terrified of public speaking but determined to make it as a comedian. According to Stutteringhelp.org, a local deli worker helped him overcome his stutter with one piece of advice.
“He taught me before you say anything, say it to yourself three times, take your time, and speak on the exhale,” Harvey recalled.
Harvey Has Hosted ‘Family Feud’ For 20 Years
Harvey exceeded the show’s original host, Richard Dawson’s, time as the longest-serving host in “Family Feud” history.
According to his website, when Harvey came on as host, the show became the first and only nationally syndicated TV series to increase its ratings for seven consecutive years.
Steve Harvey Is No Stranger To Hard Work
Don’t let the fancy suits fool you: Harvey isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty.
While Harvey grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, he spent his childhood at his family’s farm. According to Harvey, his family relied on the food they grew themselves.
During summers, he spent his days working in fields. He credits the hard farm work with helping him learn the work ethic he’s known for today.
Harvey’s Charitable Side
Despite being one of the industry’s highest-paid entertainers, Harvey uses that opportunity to pay it forward.
According to his website, The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation support over 3,000 families each year through mentoring programs, education, and financial assistance. The foundation raises funds through Harvey’s and others’ donations, a golf tournament, and their online store.