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Ed Sullivan's Eldest Grandson Says All His Grandchildren Vow To Keep The Actor's Legacy Alive

Date August 13, 2019 16:52

From the 1940s to the 1970s, television was not complete without the name Ed Sullivan. Edward Vincent Sullivan was a renowned television personality and columnists who shook the world.

Unfortunately, he passed away in 1974 at the age of 73 after a battle with cancer.

He was first diagnosed with advanced growth of oesophageal cancer in September 1974. Five weeks after, Sullivan passed away at New York's Lenox Hill Hospital while receiving treatment.

Ed Sullivan remains alive through his grandkids!

During a sit down with Closer Weekly, the grandchildren of the famed actor dished on what life was with their grandfather.

The eldest grandchild Robert Precht recounted how Sullivan never missed his plays and always managed to be kind to his fans even when on granddaddy duties.

However, Precht's adoration for his grandfather stemmed from his legacy of giving African-American talents a platform.

He said:

"Through his body language and the way he introduced people, he conveyed a real affection for African-American culture. He created a kind of model integrated society."

His granddaughter Margo Elizabeth Speciale also commented on her grandad's act, calling him "a silent force in the civil rights movement."

As a result, all of his five grandchildren have vowed to do all they can to keep his legacy alive in their own little way.

Currently, Precht is writing a biography about Sullivan. Speciale, on the other hand, is working on a documentary.

"When people think of him, they think of family togetherness — watching his show together. It's a legacy of shared experience that's a unique, vanished part of America."

The Ed Sullivan Show

Ed's variety television show, which was named after him, ran from 1948 to 1971 for a whopping 23 years. It set the record as the longest-running variety show in US broadcast history.

Ed's grandchildren are willing to give their all to keep their grandfather's legacy alive because of the exemplary lifestyle he lived on earth. There is no doubt that he will forever be remembered!