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Danny Kaye

(David Daniel Kaminsky or Kominski)
actor, singer, comedian
Born: 1/18/1913
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York

The exuberant and prolific Danny Kaye began his long career as a performing busboy in the Borscht Belt of Catskills resorts. He made his film debut in 1937 in the two-reel short Dime a Dance and took part in cabarets and vaudeville in the United States and abroad. He signed with Samuel Goldwyn in 1943 and went on to make various films as well as appearances in the New York stage; meanwhile, his self-titled Danny Kaye Show delighted radio audiences in 1945 and television viewers from 1963 to 1967. Kaye's many awards include two Golden Globes, a Tony, an Emmy, and two Oscars. He was married to composer and lyricist Sylvia Fine for forty-seven years.

Died: 3/3/1987

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