Danny Kaye

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Danny Kaye
David Daniel Kaminsky
BirthplaceBrooklyn, New York, USA
Actor, singer, comedian

Kaye, Danny (b. David Daniel Kominski)

(1913–1987) comic actor; born in New York City. Dropping out of school at age 13, he began as a comic in the "Borscht Circuit" in the Catskills, then worked as a singer and dancer in nightclubs and vaudeville until he made his Broadway debut in 1939. With his genius for mimicry, controlled slapstick, and patter song delivery, he appeared in a series of successful films from Up in Arms (1944) through The Court Jester (1956), all concocted primarily as vehicles for his versatility. He continued to appear in movies through 1969, and he had a popular variety show on television (1963–67), but increasingly he gave his energies to charitable causes, especially as a fundraiser for UNICEF, and often by appearing as a mock guest conductor of symphony orchestras. He received a special Academy Award in 1954 for "his service… to the motion picture industry and the American people."
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Other Highlights Include Specials Starring Judy Garland, The King Family and Danny Kaye, Among Others, and a 30-Hour Marathon Starting Christmas Eve at Noon
IT has been brought to my attention by Mirror reader David McConnon that Enda Kenny's name is an almost perfect anagram of Danny Kaye.
The "golden boy" whose box office records in Dublin came second only to those of Danny Kaye continued.
BORN ALEXANDER Graham Bell, inventor, 1847 RONAN Keating, Irish pop star, 1977, above COLIN Wells, English cricketer, 1960 DIED LOU Costello, US comic actor, 1959 DANNY Kaye, comedian, 1987, above JAMES Jeffries, boxing champion, 1953
1948: The Royal Family went to see Danny Kaye, pictured, at the London Palladium, the first "non-command performance" attended by a reigning monarch.
1948: The Royal Family went to see Danny Kaye at the London Palladium, the first ''non-command performance'' attended by a reigning monarch.
The Marx Brothers and Dean and Jerry They were always very witty And Danny Kaye who made us laugh When he was "Walter Mitty" Back over here in Britain We had two hilarious fellas They made us laugh with tears of joy Norman Wisdom and Peter Sellars All these people made us laugh And still do even today No cursing, or swearing, it was just clean fun They just put their talent on display I hope you enjoyed our little trip Of comedy back in time Maybe you remember when you were young Or when you were in your primeby Joe Liasides, Old Swan
1948: The Royal Family went to see Danny Kaye at the London Palladium, the first "non-command performance" attended by a reigning monarch.
The 43-year-old actor helped to host the event and presented Douglas with Danny Kaye Humanitarian Peace Award, but had no idea that he'd be taking home a prize too, Contactmusic reported.
It's like Hans Christian Andersen's The Emperor's New Clothes, which was immortalised in the brilliant Danny Kaye film.
Look, Danny Kaye, Judy Garland and now little old me," he said.
It is in fact that comics like Bob Hope, Danny Kaye and Bob Monkhouse were reported to regard him as the greatest comedian ever and those of us who were lucky enough to have seen him on stage can only reiterate his own catchphrase: "What a performance