Can you recognize all the celebrities in these backstage photos from The Ed Sullivan Show?

These candid shots show Ed with comedians, singers and movie icons.

Images: The Everett Collection

Getting the chance to perform on The Ed Sullivan Show was a huge moment for any act. International artists could be introduced to millions of Americans all at once, but even homegrown acts relished the exposure.

Here are ten backstage and behind-the-scenes snapshots of Ed with famous guests from television, music and film. Can you identify the celebrity in each photo?

  1. Who is this young comedian with Ed Sullivan?
    Image: The Everett Collection
  2. Who is Ed rehearsing backstage with here?
    Image: The Everett Collection
  3. Here is Ed with puppeteer Shari Lewis, but the real stars of this photo are Lamb Chop and who?
    Image: The Everett Collection
  4. Ed left the theater to do a segment with which animation icon?
    Image: The Everett Collection
  5. Who is Ed joking with here?
    Image: The Everett Collection
  6. Ed is talking with which singer before the show?
    Image: The Everett Collection
  7. Who is this comedian with Ed?
    Image: The Everett Collection
  8. Ed talks backstage with which friend and frequent guest?
    Image: The Everett Collection
  9. Which film director is Ed with here?
    Image: The Everett Collection
  10. Do you recognize this renowned actor backstage with Ed?
    Image: The Everett Collection

Can you recognize all the celebrities in these backstage photos from The Ed Sullivan Show?

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Lillyrose 13 hours ago
7 out of 10. They forgot Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, and Davy Jones.
Zip 7 days ago
10/10 My first perfect score in a while. Yay me. ;-)
The only one that gave me any problem was #3. Then I just guessed with the silliest sounding but roll-off-the-tongue name I could think that they would use for a puppet.
Tra_See175 8 days ago
I don’t recall Sir Alec Guinness looking as he did on the photo; hardly any resemblance.
rorogogo Tra_See175 8 days ago
I was thinking the same thing
Oldmoviefan Tra_See175 7 days ago
That is most definitely him. Look him up on IMDB and see pics from some of his more bizarre and colorful roles. That leer is one of his trademarks.
Zip Tra_See175 7 days ago
I can still see Obi-Wan-Kenobi in there.
Daizy531 9 days ago
7/10 performance deserves applause
Caretaker245 9 days ago
9/10 Did not recognize Alec. Topo Gigio was an easy one for me. My dad was in the Navy and when his ship was in Italy in the early 70s, he bought me a Topo doll... I've still got it.
Mac2Nite 9 days ago
10/10... too easy... maybe if the photos had been tiny it would have made it tougher. 😉😊
Sven24 10 days ago
7/10 Not used to young alec guiness
RichLorn 10 days ago
Aced it. And I really enjoyed seeing the candid off-screen photos!
I wish there had been one of Ed "chatting" with Jim Morrison and the Doors after their verboten performance.
Jamesatkinson 10 days ago
9 out of 10 : the damn puppet question threw me. 😡😁😏
Blondie7 11 days ago
10/10 Recognized Alec Guinness mouth.
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