Edward Vincent "Ed" Sullivan (September 28, 1901 – October 13, 1974) was an American entertainment writer and television host, best known as the presenter of the television variety programs The Toast of the Town and The Ed Sullivan Show. With both programs broadcast from 1948 to 1971 (at a total of 23 years), it was a record for long-running variety U.S. broadcast history.
In 1996, Ed Sullivan was ranked #50 on TV Guide's "50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time".
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“Form ever follows function.”
—Louis Henry Sullivan (18561924)