Biography

Comedian, composer, actor, singer and songwriter ("Inka Dinka Doo") Jimmy Durante was educated in New York public schools. He began his career as a Coney Island pianist, and organized a five-piece band in 1916. He opened the Club Durant with Eddie Jackson and Lou Clayton, with whom he later formed a comedy trio for vaudeville and on television. He appeared in the Broadway musicals "Show Girl", "The New Yorkers", "Strike Me Pink", "Jumbo", "Red Hot and Blue", and "Stars in Your Eyes". By 1936, he had appeared at the Palladium in London. Later he had his own radio and television shows, and was a featured headliner in night clubs. Biographer Gene Fowler wrote his biography, "Schnozzola". Joining ASCAP in 1941, he collaborated musically with Jackie Barnett and Ben Ryan, and his other popular song compositions include "I'm Jimmy That Well-Dressed Man", "I Know Darn Well I Can Do Without Broadway", "I Ups to Him and He Ups to Me", "Daddy Your Mamma Is Lonesome For You", "Umbriago", "Any State In the Forty-Eight", "Chidabee Chidabee Chidabee", and "I'm Jimmy's Girl".

Comedian, composer, actor, singer and songwriter ("Inka Dinka Doo") Jimmy Durante was educated in New York public schools. He began his career as a Coney Island pianist, and organized a five-piece band in 1916. He opened the Club Durant with Eddie Jackson and Lou Clayton, with whom he later formed a comedy trio for vaudeville and on television. He appeared in the Broadway musicals "Show Girl", "The New Yorkers", "Strike Me Pink", "Jumbo", "Red Hot and Blue", and "Stars in Your Eyes". By 1936, he had appeared at the Palladium in London. Later he had his own radio and television shows, and was a featured headliner in night clubs. Biographer Gene Fowler wrote his biography, "Schnozzola". Joining ASCAP in 1941, he collaborated musically with Jackie Barnett and Ben Ryan, and his other popular song compositions include "I'm Jimmy That Well-Dressed Man", "I Know Darn Well I Can Do Without Broadway", "I Ups to Him and He Ups to Me", "Daddy Your Mamma Is Lonesome For You", "Umbriago", "Any State In the Forty-Eight", "Chidabee Chidabee Chidabee", and "I'm Jimmy's Girl".

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 68

Birthday 1893-02-10

Day of Death 1980-01-29

Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • James Francis Durante
  • The Schnoz
  • Jimmy 'Schnozzle' Durante
  • Durante

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2011 Don Knotts: Tied Up with Laughter as Himself
2001 Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song
2000 Hollywood Musicals of the 40's as Archive footage
1994 That's Entertainment! III as (archive footage)
1976 That's Entertainment, Part II as (archive footage)
1975 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? as (archive footage)
1974 That's Entertainment! as Clips from 'Speak Easily' & 'It Happened in Brooklyn' (archive footage)
1971 The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour (1 episode)
1970 The Don Knotts Show (1 episode)
1969 Frosty the Snowman as Narrator (voice)
1969 Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters (3 episodes)
1966 Alice Through the Looking Glass as Humpty Dumpty
1965 Hollywood My Home Town
1964 The Hollywood Palace (1 episode)
1963 It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World as Smiler Grogan
1962 Billy Rose's Jumbo as Anthony ('Pop') Wonder
1962 The Lucy Show (1 episode)
1962 The New March of Dimes Presents: The Scene Stealers as Himself - Host
1961 The Last Judgment as The man with the large nose
1960 Pepe as Himself
1956 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (2 episodes)
1956 The Steve Allen Show (1 episode)
1954 The Jimmy Durante Show (48 episodes)
1954 Summer Playhouse (1 episode)
1953 The Academy Awards (1 episode)
1952 This Is Your Life (1 episode)
1950 The Milkman as Breezy Albright
1950 Four Star Revue (1 episode) as Host
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour (14 episodes)
1950 The Great Rupert as Mr. Louie Amendola
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show (5 episodes)
1948 On an Island with You as Buckley
1947 This Time for Keeps as Ferdi Farro
1947 It Happened in Brooklyn as Nick Lombardi
1946 Two Sisters from Boston as 'Spike'
1944 Music for Millions as Andrews
1944 Two Girls and a Sailor as Billy Kipp / Julian Kipp
1942 The Man Who Came to Dinner as Banjo
1942 Breakdowns of 1942 as Himself (uncredited)
1941 You're in the Army Now as Jeeper Smith
1940 Melody Ranch as Cornelius J. Courtney
1938 Little Miss Broadway as Jimmy Clayton, Jazz Bandits bandleader
1938 Sally, Irene and Mary as Jefferson Twitchel
1938 Start Cheering as Willie Gumbatz
1936 Land Without Music as Jonah J. Whistler
1936 Screen Snapshots (Series 16, No. 1)
1935 Carnival as Fingers
1934 Student Tour as Hank Merman
1934 Hollywood Party as Himself / Schnarzan
1934 Strictly Dynamite as Moxie
1934 Hollywood on Parade No. B-9 as Gert
1934 George White's Scandals as Happy McGillicuddy
1934 Palooka as Knobby Walsh
1933 Meet The Baron as Joe McGoo - the Favorite 'Schnozzle' of the Screen
1933 Broadway to Hollywood as Jimmy
1933 Hell Below as Ptomaine' - Ships Cook
1933 What! No Beer? as Jimmy Potts
1933 Give a Man a Job
1932 The Phantom President as Curly Cooney
1932 Blondie of the Follies as Jimmy
1932 Speak Easily as James
1932 Hollywood on Parade
1932 The Wet Parade as Abe Shilling
1932 The Passionate Plumber as Julius J. McCracken
1931 The Christmas Party as Santa Claus (uncredited)
1931 The Cuban Love Song as O.O. Jones
1931 New Adventures of Get Rich Quick Wallingford as Schnozzle
1930 Roadhouse Nights as Daffy (as Durante)

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