Steve Harvey was born Broderick Stephen Harvey in Welch, West Virginia, the son of coal miner Jesse Harvey and Eloise Vera. Broderick is named after actor Broderick Crawford from the television series Highway Patrol. What made Steve Harvey famous?
Harvey’s previous jobs include boxer, auto mechanic, insurance salesman, carpet cleaner, and letter carrier. He made his stand-up comedy debut on October 8, 1985, at Cleveland’s Hilarities Comedy Club. In the late 1980s, Harvey was homeless for three years.
Harvey was married three times and had seven children, four biological and three stepchildren. From his former marriage to Marcia Harvey, he has two daughters, Brandi and Karli, and one son, Broderick Harvey Jr. Harvey’s second marriage to Mary Shackelford produced another son, Wynton.