Born in Chickasha Oklahoma, Chet Allen was, perhaps, best remembered as TV's first Amahl in Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors (1951) (TV), He was a member of Columbus Boychoir (now the American Boychoir) during this period. Chet reprised his role in theatre in April 1952 with the New York City Opera, conducted by Thomas Schippers. He made other appearances over the years, most notably in the film "Meet Me at the Fair" (1953) and as one of Ezio Pinza's sons on his TV series, "Bonino" (1953).
When his voice changed, so did his life, for the worse. Like many other former child stars, he drifted from job to job and, in his case, in and out of psychiatric hospitals. When Menotti himself visited him in Columbus, about a year before his death, he found a bitterly unhappy young man for whom life had been a series of disappointments. "No one could have helped him enough," Menotti would later say. In 1984, at the age of 44, Chet Allen killed himself by taking five times the fatal dosage of the prescription anti-depressant he'd been taking.
Chet Allen In 1951 the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) commissioned Menotti to create an opera for this new form of entertainment. Amahl and the Night Visitors was presented on December 24, 1951 as the first Hallmark Hall of Fame program.