Danny Kaye


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Danny Kaye
David Daniel Kaminsky
Birthday
BirthplaceBrooklyn, New York, USA
Died
Occupation
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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Unicef started the trend for celebrity ambassadors in the 50s with screen legend Danny Kaye.
Indiana's Dance Kaleidoscope bills itself as the state's only professional contemporary dance company, and the program notes for its first visit to New York City in more than a decade (Sylvia & Danny Kaye Playhouse, October 25-27 1996) boast of the company's exploration of "a broad spectrum of styles and influences.
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SYLVIA AND DANNY KAYE PLAYHOUSE JUNE 18, 1996 REVIEWED BY DORIS PERLMAN
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He has added to his past twelve performances with various companies by dancing as an apprentice with ABT in Cynthia Gregory's program on coaching presented at the Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse in December, and in Huntington Ballet's Nutcracker.
In the current show, there's a song from Broadway's classic musical comedy ``Kismet,'' and a funny one about Russian composers, ``Tschaikovsky,'' sung originally on film by the wizard of double-talk, Danny Kaye.
LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO SYLVIA AND DANNY KAYE PLAYHOUSE DECEMBER 12-17, 1995 REVIEWED BY GUS SOLOMONS JR
The whiz writing team of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel has completed a script for the remake of the 1947 Danny Kaye starrer, and it's expected the feature will roll next spring.
SYLVIA AND DANNY KAYE PLAYHOUSE SEPTEMBER 16-17, 1995 REVIEWED BY AMANDA SMITH
In a victory for preservationists - not to mention stars such as Danny Kaye, Johnny Weissmuller and Jack Klugman - a city panel Wednesday said the Metropolitan Transportation Authority cannot take shortcuts in repairing stars along Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame.