Biography

Danny Kaye (born David Daniel Kaminsky; January 18, 1911 – March 3, 1987) was a celebrated American actor, singer, dancer, and comedian. His best known performances featured physical comedy, idiosyncratic pantomimes, and rapid-fire nonsense songs.

Kaye starred in 17 movies, notably The Kid from Brooklyn (1946), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947), The Inspector General (1949), Hans Christian Andersen (1952), and — perhaps his most accomplished performance — The Court Jester (1956). His films were extremely popular, especially his bravura performances of patter songs and children's favorites such as The Inch Worm and The Ugly Duckling. He was the first ambassador-at-large of UNICEF and received the French Legion of Honor in 1986 for his many years of work with the organization.

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Danny Kaye (born David Daniel Kaminsky; January 18, 1911 – March 3, 1987) was a celebrated American actor, singer, dancer, and comedian. His best known performances featured physical comedy, idiosyncratic pantomimes, and rapid-fire nonsense songs.

Kaye starred in 17 movies, notably The Kid from Brooklyn (1946), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947), The Inspector General (1949), Hans Christian Andersen (1952), and — perhaps his most accomplished performance — The Court Jester (1956). His films were extremely popular, especially his bravura performances of patter songs and children's favorites such as The Inch Worm and The Ugly Duckling. He was the first ambassador-at-large of UNICEF and received the French Legion of Honor in 1986 for his many years of work with the organization.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Danny Kaye, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 48

Birthday 1911-01-18

Day of Death 1987-03-03

Place of Birth Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • David Daniel Kaminsky

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Cupid Takes a Holiday as Nikolai Nikolaevich
2015 Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration as Himself (archive footage)
2000 Hollywood Musicals of the 40's as Archive footage
1997 Bogart: The Untold Story
1985 The Twilight Zone (1 episode)
1984 The Cosby Show (1 episode)
1981 Skokie as Max Feldman
1978 The Kennedy Center Honors (1 episode)
1976 Peter Pan as Captain Hook / Mr Darling
1976 The Muppet Show (1 episode)
1976 Pinocchio as Geppetto / Boris Stroganoff
1973 The American Film Institute Salute to ... (1 episode)
1972 The Enchanted World of Danny Kaye: The Emperor's New Clothes as Marmaduke
1971 V.I.P. Schaukel (1 episode)
1971 Here Comes Peter Cottontail as Narrator
1969 The Madwoman of Chaillot as The Ragpicker
1968 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1 episode)
1963 The Danny Kaye Show (10 episodes)
1963 The Man from the Diners' Club as Ernest Klenk
1962 The Lucy Show (1 episode)
1961 The DuPont Show of the Week (1 episode)
1961 On the Double as Pfc. Ernie Williams
1960 Lifetime of Comedy
1959 The Five Pennies as Ernest Loring Nichols
1958 Me and the Colonel as S.L. Jacobowsky
1958 Merry Andrew as Andrew Larabee
1955 The Court Jester as Hubert Hawkins
1954 White Christmas as Phil Davis
1954 Knock On Wood as Jerry Morgan / Papa Morgan / Clarence
1953 The Academy Awards (2 episodes)
1952 Hans Christian Andersen as Hans Christian Andersen
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame (1 episode)
1951 On the Riviera as Jack Martin / Henri Duran
1949 The Inspector General as Georgi
1949 It's a Great Feeling as Himself, Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
1949 The Emmy Awards (1 episode)
1949 Breakdowns of 1949 as Himself
1948 A Song Is Born as Professor Hobart Frisbee
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show (1 episode)
1947 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty as Walter Mitty
1946 The Kid from Brooklyn as Burleigh Sullivan
1945 Wonder Man as Edwin Dingle / Buzzy Bellew
1944 I Am an American as Himself (uncredited)
1944 Up in Arms as Danny Weems
1942 Night Shift as Danny Kaye
1938 Money on Your Life as Nikolai Nikolaevich
1938 Getting an Eyeful
1937 Dime a Dance as Eddie

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