ⓘ Eugene Allen

Eugene Allen

ⓘ Eugene Allen

Eugene Allen was an American waiter and butler. He worked for the White House for 34 years until he retired in 1986. He served eight presidents of the United States. He began working at the White House in 1952. Allens life was the inspiration for the movie The Butler, released in 2013.

Allen earned the highest rank of butlers serving in the White House. At the Maitre dhotel in 1981, President Ronald Reagan invited Allen and his wife Helene to a state dinner at the White House. The dinner was in honor of Helmut Kohl.

Allen was born in Scottsville, Virginia on July 14, 1919. He received no formal schooling. He began working as a waiter at a pool club. Allen met his wife Helene in 1942. They had a son, Charles Allen. Helene wanted to vote for Barack Obama in 2008, but she died the day before the election, on November 3, 2008.

Allen died at a hospital in Takoma Park, Maryland, from kidney failure. He was aged 90.