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Milton Berle (1908–2002)

Milton Berle was born Milton Berlinger on July 12, 1908, in New York City. He was educated at New York Professional Children's School and began performing at age 5. His first stage appearance was in "Florodora" in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He appeared at the Palace Theater in New York in 1931, then in nightclubs and theaters. He appeared in the ... See full bio »

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It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World J. Russell Finch
The Muppet Movie
The Muppet Movie Mad Man Mooney
Texaco Star Theatre
The Loved One
The Loved One Mr. Kenton


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 2000 Two Heads Are Better Than None (TV Movie)
Uncle Leo
 1996 Storybook
 1996 Due South (TV Series)
Shelley Litvak
- Body Language (1996) ... Shelley Litvak
 1996 Sister, Sister (TV Series)
Edgar Boggs
- The Volunteers (1996) ... Edgar Boggs
 1995 Roseanne (TV Series)
Transvestite at Wedding
- December Bride (1995) ... Transvestite at Wedding (uncredited)
 1995 The Nanny (TV Series)
Uncle Manny
- The Party's Over (1995) ... Uncle Manny
 1995 Fudge (TV Series)
- Play It Again, Dad (1995) ... Leo
 1995 The Critic (TV Series)
Milton Berle
- I Can't Believe It's a Clip Show (1995) ... Milton Berle (voice)
 1995 Beverly Hills, 90210 (TV Series)
Saul Howard
- Sentenced to Life (1995) ... Saul Howard
 1995 Jingle Bell Rock (TV Movie)
Jerry Labello (voice)
 1994 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Buddy Boyle
- Who Killed the Host at the Roast? (1994) ... Buddy Boyle
 1993 Matlock (TV Series)
Harvey Chase
- The Last Laugh (1993) ... Harvey Chase
 1992 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV Series)
Max Jakey
- Ill Will (1992) ... Max Jakey
 1991 Shakes the Clown
Male Clown Barfly (uncredited)
 1991 Driving Me Crazy
Hotel Clerk
 1988 Side by Side (TV Movie)
Abe Mercer
 1987 Jonathan Winters: On the Ledge (TV Movie)
Jonathan's Father
 1977-1985 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Lionel Cooper / Mr. Fenley / Zeke / ...
 1985 Pee-wee's Big Adventure
Milton Berle (uncredited)
 1985 Fame (TV Series)
Nathan Adler
- Coco Returns (1985) ... Nathan Adler
 1985 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Lew Feldman
- Broadway Malady (1985) ... Lew Feldman
 1984 Gimme a Break! (TV Series)
- Grandpa's Secret Life (1984) ... Leopold
 1984 Diff'rent Strokes (TV Series)
Rabbi Morris
- The Bar Mitzvah Boy (1984) ... Rabbi Morris
 1984 Broadway Danny Rose
Milton Berle
 1984 Ratt: Round and Round (Video short)
Husband / Wife
 1983 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Mickey Masterson
- God Child/Curtain Call (1983) ... Mickey Masterson
 1983 Cracking Up
Ms. Sultry
 1983 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Isaiah Stern
- Family Business (1983) ... Isaiah Stern
 1982 Off Your Rocker (TV Movie)
Henry Foster
 1980 CHiPs (TV Series)
Milton Berle
 1979 The Muppet Movie
Mad Man Mooney
 1977 Have I Got a Christmas for You (TV Movie)
Morris Glickstein
 1975 The Legend of Valentino (TV Movie)
Jesse Lasky
 1975 Lepke
Mr. Meyer
 1969-1974 Here's Lucy (TV Series)
Milton Berle / Cheerful Charlie
- Milton Berle Is the Life of the Party (1974) ... Milton Berle
- Lucy and the Used Car Dealer (1969) ... Cheerful Charlie
 1972 Journey Back to Oz
The Cowardly Lion (voice)
 1972 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (TV Series)
Dr. Larry Cormack
- A Purge of Madness (1972) ... Dr. Larry Cormack
 1972 Arnie (TV Series)
- Star Trekking (1972)
 1972 McCloud (TV Series)
Malcolm Garnett
- Give My Regrets to Broadway (1972) ... Malcolm Garnett
 1972 Evil Roy Slade (TV Movie)
Harry Fern
 1972 Norman Corwin Presents (TV Series)
 1971 Mannix (TV Series)
Danny Brite
- Nightshade (1971) ... Danny Brite
 1971 Mod Squad (TV Series)
Uncle Bobo
- And a Little Child Shall Bleed Them (1971) ... Uncle Bobo
 1970-1971 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Harry (segment "Love and the Vacation") / Brian Carter (segment "Love and the Old Boyfriend")
- Love and the Nurse/Love and the Old Boyfriend (1970) ... Brian Carter (segment "Love and the Old Boyfriend")
 1971 Make Room for Granddaddy (TV Series)
 1969 The Jackie Gleason Show (TV Series)
Black Bart
- Yes, We Have No Bonanzas (1969) ... Black Bart
 1969 Seven in Darkness (TV Movie)
Sam Fuller
 1968 Ironside (TV Series)
Ross Howard
- I, the People (1968) ... Ross Howard
 1968 For Singles Only
Mr. Parker
 1968 Where Angels Go Trouble Follows!
The Movie Director: The 'In' Group
 1968 Get Smart (TV Series)
Desk Clerk
- Don't Look Back (1968) ... Desk Clerk (uncredited)
 1968 Star Spangled Salesman (Documentary)
Studio President
 1966-1968 Batman (TV Series)
Louie, the Lilac / Prison Guard
- Louie's Lethal Lilac Time (1968) ... Louie, the Lilac
- The Joke's on Catwoman (1968) ... Louie, the Lilac (uncredited)
- Louie, the Lilac (1967) ... Louie, the Lilac
- The Unkindest Tut of All (1967) ... Louie, the Lilac (uncredited)
- Ma Parker (1966) ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
 1968 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series)
- Episode #7.2 (1968) ... Cook
 1966-1967 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Nutty Nougat / Duke No-Good
- Marriage Is Made in Heaven and Las Vegas (1967) ... Nutty Nougat
- When Nut-Hood Was in Flower (1966) ... Duke No-Good
 1967 I Dream of Jeannie (TV Series)
 1967 Who's Minding the Mint?
Luther Burton
 1967 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Josiah Freeman
- A Flock of Trouble (1967) ... Josiah Freeman
 1966-1967 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
Milton Berle
- Lucy Meets the Berles (1967) ... Milton Berle
- Lucy and John Wayne (1966) ... Milton Berle (uncredited)
 1967 The Happening
 1963-1966 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Parker Hite
- Murder at N.B.C. (1966)
- The Candidate (1963) ... Parker Hite
 1966 F Troop (TV Series)
Wise Owl
- The Great Troop Robbery (1966) ... Wise Owl
 1966 Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title
Bookstore Customer with Rope (uncredited)
 1966 The Oscar
Kappy Kapstetter
 1965 The Trials of O'Brien (TV Series)
Boozey Bailey
- Dead End on Flugel Street (1965) ... Boozey Bailey
 1965 The Loved One
Mr. Kenton
 1965 Valentine's Day (TV Series)
Pete Michaels, boxing manager
- The Title Fight (1965) ... Pete Michaels, boxing manager
 1960-1965 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
Milton Berle / Marvin
- Jack Adopts Son (1965) ... Milton Berle / Marvin
- Milton Berle Show (1960) ... Milton Berle
 1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Sam Morris
- That He Should Weep for Her (1964) ... Sam Morris
 1964 The Defenders (TV Series)
Denny Martin
- Die Laughing (1964) ... Denny Martin
 1963 It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
J. Russell Finch
 1963 General Hospital (TV Series)
Mickey Miller
 1961-1963 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Blackjack Dealer / Eddie Doyle
- Thunder in a Forgotten Town (1963) ... Blackjack Dealer
- Doyle Against the House (1961) ... Eddie Doyle
 1962 The Milton Berle Spectacular (TV Movie)
Host / Cleopatra
 1961 The Ladies Man
Milton Berle (scenes deleted)
 1961 The Barbara Stanwyck Show (TV Series)
Charlie Zane
- Dear Charlie (1961) ... Charlie Zane
 1960 Let's Make Love
Milton Berle (uncredited)
 1960 The Bellboy
Milton Berle / Bellboy (uncredited)
 1959 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series)
Milton Berle
- Danny and Milton Berle Quit Show Biz (1959) ... Milton Berle
 1959 Sunday Showcase (TV Series)
Milton Berle
- The Milton Berle Special (1959) ... Milton Berle
 1958 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
Joe Hillyer
- Material Witness (1958) ... Joe Hillyer
 1950 The Alan Young Show (TV Series)
 1949 Always Leave Them Laughing
Kipling 'Kip' Cooper
 1943 Margin for Error
Moe Finkelstein
 1942 Over My Dead Body
Jason Cordry
 1942 Whispering Ghosts
H.H. Van Buren
 1942 A Gentleman at Heart
Lucky Cullen
 1941 Rise and Shine
 1941 Sun Valley Serenade
Nifty Allen
 1941 The Great American Broadcast
Radio Announcer (scenes deleted)
 1941 Tall, Dark and Handsome
Frosty Welch
 1938 Radio City Revels
Teddy Jordan
 1937 New Faces of 1937
Wallington Wedge
 1933 Poppin' the Cork (Short)
Elmer Brown
 1923 Ruth of the Range
Bit Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1922 Tess of the Storm Country
Bit Role (uncredited)
 1921 Little Lord Fauntleroy
Boy (uncredited)
 1920 The Mark of Zorro
Boy (uncredited)
 1920 Birthright (as Milton Berlinger)
 1917 Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1915 Fanchon, the Cricket
Bit Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1914 Bunny's Little Brother (Short)
Child - Minor Role (uncredited)
Show Show Producer (4 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (15 credits)
Show Show Director (3 credits)
Show Show Writer (3 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (2 credits)
Show Show Self (231 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (75 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Arthur Lee") in "See My Lawyer" on Broadway. Musical comedy. Written by Richard Maibaum and Harry Clork. Scenic Design by Cirker & Robbins. Directed by Ezra Hunt. Biltmore Theatre: 27 Sep 1939-6 Apr 1940 (224 performances). Cast: Carroll Ashburn, Ralph Bell, Robert Griffith, Teddy Hart, George Hirose (as "Ichiro ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 6 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Milton Berlinger | Milton & Ruth


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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Personal Quote:

[his definition of a comic]. . . a comic is a guy who depends solely on the joke, and we have thousands of them. The comedian can get a laugh opening a door in the funny way that he does it and his attitude--that's a comic versus a comedian. Now a "funnyman" can get a laugh before opening his mouth--looking funny. Lou Costello was one of your great funnymen. Harry Langdon, Larry Semon; they were ... See more »


Following his death, he was interred at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California. See more »


Theme song: "Near You" See more »


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