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Kaye entertaining U.S. troops at Sasebo, Japan, 25 Oct 1945
Kaye entertaining U.S. troops at Sasebo, Japan, 25 Oct 1945

David Daniel Kaminsky, known as Danny Kaye (January 18, 1913March 3, 1987) was an American actor, singer and comedian. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1076x1423, 167 KB) Danny Kaye, well known stage and screen star, entertains 4,000 5th Marine Div. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1076x1423, 167 KB) Danny Kaye, well known stage and screen star, entertains 4,000 5th Marine Div. ... U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo is a United States Navy naval base, in Sasebo, Japan, on the island of Kyushu. ... January 18 is the 18th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1913 (MCMXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... March 3 is the 62nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (63rd in leap years). ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke while waiting between takes during location filming An actor or actress is a person who acts, or plays a role, in a dramatic production. ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... A comedian, or comic, is an entertainer who amuses an audience by making them laugh. ...

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Biography

Early life

Born in Brooklyn to Jewish immigrants from Ukraine, red-haired Kaye became one of the world's best-known comedians. Kaye spent his early youth attending PS 149 in East New York. He continued on to Thomas Jefferson High School, although he never graduated. He learned his trade in his teen years as a tummler in the Catskills. In 1941 he appeared in the Broadway show, Lady in the Dark and performed the famous number "Tchaikovsky," by Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin, in which he sang the names of a whole string of Russian composers at breakneck speed, seemingly without taking a breath. Brooklyn (named for the Dutch city Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. ... This is a list of English language words of Yiddish language origin, many of which have entered the language by way of American English or Cockney. ... Lady in the Dark was a Broadway musical written by Kurt Weill (music), Ira Gershwin (lyrics), and Moss Hart (book and direction). ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... An album of Weills music by operatic soprano Teresa Stratas… …and one by industrial music band The Young Gods. ... Ira Gershwin (6 December 1896 – 17 August 1983) was an American lyricist who collaborated with his younger brother, composer George Gershwin, to create some of the most memorable songs of the 20th century. ...


Career

According to The New York Times, when he appeared at the London Palladium music hall In 1948, he "roused the Royal family to shrieks of laughter and was the first of many performers who have turned English variety into an American preserve." Life magazine described his reception as "worshipful hysteria" and noted that the royal family, for the first time in history, left the royal box to see the show from the front row of the orchestra. The London Palladium in 2004 The London Palladium is one of the most famous of Londons West End theatres. ... Edward Steichens portrait of Greta Garbo. ...


Kaye made his film debut in a 1935 comedy short subject, entitled Moon Over Manhattan. His feature film debut was Up in Arms (1944). He starred in several movies with actress Virginia Mayo in the 1940s, and is well known for his roles in films such as The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947), The Inspector General (1949), White Christmas (1954), Knock on Wood (1954), The Court Jester (1956), and Merry Andrew (1958). Kaye starred in two pictures based on biographies, Hans Christian Andersen (1952) about the Danish story-teller, and The Five Pennies (1959) about jazz pioneer Red Nichols. His wife, Sylvia Fine, wrote many of the songs Danny Kaye became famous for. Some of Kaye's films included the theme of doubles, two people who look identical (both played by Danny Kaye) being mistaken for each other, to comic effect. Virginia Mayo (November 30, 1920 – January 17, 2005) was an American film actress. ... The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1941) is a short story by James Thurber. ... The Inspector General is a 1949 musical comedy film. ... White Christmas is a 1954 movie starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye that featured the songs of Irving Berlin, including the titular White Christmas. ... Poster for Knock on Wood Knock on Wood is a 1954 film starring Danny Kaye as Jerry Morgan. ... The Court Jester is a 1956 comedy film starring Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, and Angela Lansbury. ... Merry Andrew is a musical comedy film starring Danny Kaye (as Andrew Larabee) and Pier Angeli (as Selena Gallini). Tommy Rall also appeared in the film (as Ugo Gallini, the most protective of Salenas five brothers). ... Hans Christian Andersen is a 1952 Hollywood musical film, with words and music by Frank Loesser. ... The Five Pennies was a semi-biographical 1959 film starring Danny Kaye as cornet player and bandleader Red Nichols. ... Jazz is a musical art form that originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States at around the start of the 20th century, mostly popular in the 1920s. ... Ernest Loring Red Nichols (May 8, 1905–June 28, 1965) was a United States jazz cornettist. ...


According to a series of memos released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation under the Freedom of Information Act, Kaye was suspected of dodging the draft during World War II. Allegedly, Kaye faked a medical condition in order to gain 4-F status and exemption from military service. However, these accusations were never proven, and though the FBI maintained a file on Kaye's connections to supposed Communist groups, he was never prosecuted. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a federal criminal investigative, intelligence agency, and the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... Nearly sixty countries around the world have implemented some form of freedom of information legislation, which sets rules on governmental secrecy. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The Selective Service System is the means by which the United States administers military conscription. ...


Kaye starred in a radio program of his own, The Danny Kaye Show, on CBS in 1945-1946. Despite its clever writing (radio legend Goodman Ace, Sylvia Fine, and respected playwright-director Abe Burrows were the writers for the show) and performing cast (including Eve Arden, Lionel Stander, and big bandleader Harry James), the show lasted only a year. CBS is one of the largest radio and television networks in the United States. ... A word out of place will spoil the whole joke: Humourist Goodman Ace, from the inside jacket flap of his 1970 collection of scripts from his classic radio show, Ladies and Gentlemen-Easy Aces. ... Sylvia Fine (1913-1991) was a American lyricist and widow of the comedian Danny Kaye. ... Abe Burrows (1910- 1985) noted author and director for the stage, particularly Broadway. ... Eve Arden (April 30, 1908 – November 12, 1990) was an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy--winning American actress, who established a lengthy career as a supporting and character actor but was best remembered for playing a sardonically engaging high school teacher in the radio and television classic Our Miss Brooks. ... Lionel Stander & Freeway Lionel Jay Stander (born January 11, 1908 in The Bronx, New York; died November 30, 1994 in Los Angeles, California) was an American character actor in movies and television. ... Harry Haag James (March 15, 1916 – July 5, 1983) was a popular United States musician and band leader, and a well-known trumpet virtuoso. ...


Kaye was sufficiently popular that he inspired imitations:

He hosted his own variety hour on CBS television, The Danny Kaye Show, from 1963 to 1967. During this period, beginning in 1964, he also acted as television host to the annual CBS telecasts of MGM's The Wizard of Oz (1939 film). Kaye also did a stint as one of the What's My Line? Mystery Guests on the popular Sunday Night CBS-TV program. Later, Kaye also served as a guest panelist on that quiz show. Years later, Kaye also guest-starred in episodes of The Cosby Show and of the 1980s remake of The Twilight Zone (see The New Twilight Zone). Warner Bros. ... Book Revue (alternate title: Book Review) was a 1946 Looney Tunes cartoon short featuring Daffy Duck. ... Daffy, as Duck Dodgers, faces off against Marvin the Martian in the 1953 short Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century, a parody of Buck Rogers. ... Carolina in the Morning is a popular song with words by Gus Kahn and music by Walter Donaldson, first published in 1922 by Jerome H. Remick & Co. ... Tom Lehrer in 1960. ... Nikolay Ivanovich Lobachevsky Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky (Никола́й Ива́нович Лобаче́вский) (December 1, 1792–February 24, 1856 (N.S.); November 20, 1792–February 12, 1856 (O.S.)) was a Russian mathematician. ... A portrait of Konstantin Stanislavski by Valentin Serov. ... CBS is one of the largest radio and television networks in the United States. ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... For the novel, see The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; For comparison of book and film, see The Wizard of Oz book to film comparison; For the history of The Wizard of Oz on television, see The Wizard of Oz on television; For other senses of this title, see The Wizard... This article or section contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ... The Cosby Show was an American television sitcom that ran from 1984 to 1992. ... The Twilight Zone title. ... Opening for the 1985 Twilight Zone. ...


Kaye's influence was felt beyond the entertainment world in the world of professional sports as well. Kaye was the original owner of the Seattle Mariners along with his partner Lester Smith, from 1977-81. Prior to that, the lifelong fan of the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers recorded a song called The Los Angeles Dodgers, describing a ficititious encounter with the San Francisco Giants, which was a hit during those clubs' real-life pennant chase of 1962. Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) West Division (1977–present) Current uniform Name Seattle Mariners (1977–present) Ballpark Safeco Field (1999–present) The Kingdome (1977-1999) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None AL Pennants (0) None West Division titles (3) [1] 2001 â€¢ 1997 â€¢ 1995 Wild card berths... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1,2,4,19,20,24,32,39,42,53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912), (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) (Also referred to as Trolley Dodgers 1911-1931) Brooklyn... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3,4,11,24,27,30,36,42,44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885-1957) New York Gothams (1883-1885) Troy Union Cities / Trojans (1879-1882) Ballpark AT&T Park...


During the 1950s, Kaye also acted in a pantomime production of Cinderella, in Sydney, Australia, where he played the role of "Buttons", Cinderella's stepfather's servant, and also Cinderella's friend. The Christmas Pantomime colour lithograph bookcover, 1890 Pantomime (informally, panto) refers to a theatrical genre, traditionally found in Great Britain, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Ireland, which is usually performed around the Christmas and New Year holiday season. ... Gustave Dorés illustration for Cendrillon For other uses, see Cinderella (disambiguation). ... The Sydney Opera House on Sydney Harbour Sydney (pronounced ) is the most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of over 4. ... Buttons Buttons is the name of a character in a Cinderella pantomime. ...


In many of his movies, as well as on stage, Kaye proved to be an able actor, singer, dancer and comedian, often having his comedic talents showcased by special material written by his wife, Sylvia Fine. He showed quite a different and serious side as Ambassador for UNICEF, and in one of his few dramatic roles in the memorable TV-movie Skokie, in which he played a Holocaust survivor. Before he died in 1987, Kaye also demonstrated his ability to conduct an orchestra during a comical, but technically sound, series of concerts organised for UNICEF fundraising. Kaye received two Academy Awards, an honorary award in 1955 and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1982. Sylvia Fine (1913-1991) was a American lyricist and widow of the comedian Danny Kaye. ... UNICEF Logo The United Nations Childrens Fund or UNICEF (Arabic: ; French: ; Spanish: ) was established by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 1946. ... Skokie is a village located in Cook County, Illinois. ... This article is becoming very long. ... UNICEF Logo The United Nations Childrens Fund or UNICEF (Arabic: ; French: ; Spanish: ) was established by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 1946. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... The Academy Honorary Award is given irregularly by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to celebrate motion picture achievements that are not covered by existing Academy Awards. ... The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award is awarded periodically at the Academy Award ceremonies for outstanding contributions to humanitarian causes. ...


In his later years he took to entertaining at home as chef—he had a special stove installed in his patio—and host. He specialized in Chinese cooking.


He also had a longstanding interest in medicine, and was permitted to observe surgery on several occasions. [1]

The bench at Danny Kaye's grave in Kensico Cemetery
The bench at Danny Kaye's grave in Kensico Cemetery

Kaye died in 1987 from a heart attack, following a bout of hepatitis. He left a widow Sylvia Fine and a daughter Dena. He is interred in the Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, New York. His grave is adorned with a bench that contains friezes of a baseball and bat, an aircraft, a piano, a flower pot, musical notes, and a glove. Image File history File linksMetadata Danny_Kaye_best_800. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Danny_Kaye_best_800. ... Kensico Cemetery, located in Valhalla, Westchester Co. ... Acute myocardial infarction (AMI or MI), commonly known as a heart attack, is a disease state that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted. ... Hepatitis is a gastroenterological disease, featuring inflammation of the liver. ... Sylvia Fine (1913-1991) was a American lyricist and widow of the comedian Danny Kaye. ... Kensico Cemetery, located in Valhalla, Westchester Co. ... Valhalla is an unincorporated hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) located in the town of Mount Pleasant in Westchester County, New York. ...

Philanthropy

Danny Kaye was also a very philanthropic person. Throughout his life he donated generously to various charities. There is a rehabilitation centre for injured soldiers in the northern city of Nahariya in Israel called Bet Kaye (Kaye House) constructed with the help of a substantial donation from Kaye. Nahariyya (נהריה; unofficially also spelled Nahariya or Naharia) is a city in the North District in Israel. ...


Rumored affairs

According to some sources Kaye had a long-term affair with Eve Arden in the 1940s.[2] Eve Arden (April 30, 1908 – November 12, 1990) was an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy--winning American actress, who established a lengthy career as a supporting and character actor but was best remembered for playing a sardonically engaging high school teacher in the radio and television classic Our Miss Brooks. ...


According to the biographer Donald Spoto, Kaye and Laurence Olivier had a 10-year affair in the 1950s, when Olivier was still married to Vivien Leigh. Though this has been denied by Olivier's official biographer, Terry Coleman, Olivier's widow, Joan Plowright has contended otherwise, reportedly stating, "I have always resented the comments that it was I who was the homewrecker of Larry's marriage to Vivien Leigh. Danny Kaye was attached to Larry far earlier than I."[3] Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM (22 May 1907–11 July 1989) was an Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and four-time Emmy winning English actor, director, and producer. ... Vivien Leigh (November 5, 1913 – July 8, 1967) was an English actress. ... Joan Ann Olivier, Baroness Olivier DBE (born October 28, 1929), known by her maiden name as Dame Joan Plowright, is a British actress, widow of Laurence Olivier. ...


Filmography

Features:

Short Subjects: 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Wonder Man is a 1945 movie starring Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo. ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Release Date: March 21, 1946 by the Samuel Goldwyn Company (Trinity Productions) Run Time: 113 minutes ASIN: 0792844637 This movie stars Danny Kaye as shy milkman Burleigh Sullivan. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1941) is a short story by James Thurber. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... Its a Great Feeling is a 1947 comedy film made by Warner Brothers Studios. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... The Inspector General is a 1949 musical comedy film. ... On the Riviera is a 1951 comedy musical film made by 20th Century Fox. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... Hans Christian Andersen is a 1952 Hollywood musical film, with words and music by Frank Loesser. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Poster for Knock on Wood Knock on Wood is a 1954 film starring Danny Kaye as Jerry Morgan. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... White Christmas is a 1954 movie starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye that featured the songs of Irving Berlin, including the titular White Christmas. ... The Court Jester is a 1956 comedy film starring Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, and Angela Lansbury. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Merry Andrew is a musical comedy film starring Danny Kaye (as Andrew Larabee) and Pier Angeli (as Selena Gallini). Tommy Rall also appeared in the film (as Ugo Gallini, the most protective of Salenas five brothers). ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Five Pennies was a semi-biographical 1959 film starring Danny Kaye as cornet player and bandleader Red Nichols. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Millionairess is a 1960 romantic comedy film starring Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren set in London. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... On The Double is a 1961 film, directed by Melville Shavelson, who also wrote the screenplay with Jack Rose. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... The Man from the Diners Club is a 1963 comedy film made by Ampersand and Dena Productions and released by Columbia Pictures. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... The Madwoman of Chaillot is a 1969 satirical comedy-drama film made by Commonwealth United Entertainment and distributed by Warner Bros-Seven Arts. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ...

  • Moon Over Manhattan (1935)
  • Dime a Dance (1937)
  • Getting an Eyeful (1938)
  • Cupid Takes a Holiday (1938)
  • Money on Your Life (1938)
  • Screen Snapshots: Out of This World Series (1947)
  • Assignment Children (1954)
  • Screen Snapshots: Hula from Hollywood (1954)
  • Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Beauty (1955)
  • Screen Snapshots: Playtime in Hollywood (1956)
Preceded by
Robert Benjamin
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
1981
Succeeded by
Walter Mirisch

1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award is awarded periodically (although not every year) at the Academy Award ceremonies for outstanding contributions to humanitarian causes. ... Walter Mirisch (born November 8, 1921 in New York City, New York) is an American film producer in Hollywood, California. ...

Television Work

Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Here Comes Peter Cottontail is a 1971 Easter television special made by Rankin-Bass TV movie. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday. ... Art by Fritz Kredel (1900-73) The Adventures of Pinocchio (Le Avventure di Pinocchio) is a novel for children by Italian author Carlo Collodi. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... Statue of Peter Pan in St. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

References

  1. ^ Gottfried, Martin. Nobody's Fool. Simon & Schuster, 1994.
  2. ^ Gottfried, Martin. Nobody's Fool. Simon & Schuster, 1994.
  3. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0687506/bio
  • "Parnell of the Palladium," Willi Frischauer, Oct. 24, 1948, p. X3. The London Palladium and Kaye's reception.
  • Danny Kaye bio, quotes Life magazine.
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Fred Astaire
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Succeeded by
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It was around this time that he changed his name to Danny Kaye and traveled to the Catskills, to an area known as the 'Borscht Belt', to work first for a radio station then by performing comedy at camps and summer hotels.
Danny couldn't resist bringing comedy to the symphony, though, and had been known to conduct "Flight of the Bumblebee" with a flyswatter and lie on the podium on his back and keep time by kicking his feet in the air.
Despite this, his conducting was well praised, with Zubin Mehta stating that Danny "has a very efficient conducting style." "Live from Lincoln Center: An Evening with Danny Kaye and the New York Philharmonic," broadcast on PBS, was partially responsible for the Peabody Award Danny received in 1981.
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