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Danny Kaye (1911–1987)


Danny Kaye left school at the age of 13 to work in the so-called Borscht Belt of Jewish resorts in the Catskill Mountains. It was there he learned the basics of show biz. From there he went through a series of jobs in and out of the business. In 1939, he made his Broadway debut in "Straw Hat Revue," but it was the stage production of the musical "... See full bio »

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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

An Hour with Danny Kaye
(1960)
The Court Jester
The Court Jester Hubert Hawkins
(1955)
White Christmas
White Christmas Phil Davis
(1954)

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 2014 While We're Young (performer: "THE INCH WORM")
 1961 On the Double (performer: "Darlin' Meggie" (1961), "Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag And Smile, Smile, Smile" (1915) (uncredited), "When the Saints Go Marching In" (uncredited), "Coctails for Two" (1934) (uncredited))
 1959 The Five Pennies ("Lullaby in Ragtime" (1959), "Carnival of Venice" (ca 1829), uncredited) / (performer: "The Five Pennies" (1959), "Follow the Leader" (1959), "Lullaby in Ragtime" (1959), "When the Saints Go Marching In" (1896), "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" (1862) (uncredited), " (Back Home Again in) Indiana" (1917) (uncredited), "The Music Goes Round and Round" (1935) (uncredited), "Jingle Bells" (1857) (uncredited), "Largo al factotum" (1816) (uncredited), "Schnitzelbank" (uncredited))
 1958 Merry Andrew (performer: "Chin Up, Stout Fellow" (1958), "Everything Is Tickety Boo" (1958), "The Pipes of Pan" (1958), "Salud" (1958), "The Square of the Hypotenuse" (1958), "You Can't Always Have What You Want" (1958) - uncredited)
 1955 The Court Jester (performer: "The Maladjusted Jester", "Life Could Not Better Be", "Outfox the Fox", "I'll Take You Dreaming", "My Heart Knows a Love Song", "Life Could Not Better Be (Reprise)")
 1954 White Christmas ("White Christmas", "Sisters", uncredited) / (performer: "The Old Man", "Hi Hup", "Heat Wave", "Blue Skies", "The Best Things Happen When You're Dancing", "Snow", "Minstrel Show", "Mandy", "Choreography", "Gee! I Wish I Was Back in the Army", "Let Me Sing and I'm Happy" - uncredited)
 1954 Knock on Wood (performer: "Knock on Wood" (1953), "All About You" (1953), "Monahan O'Han" (1953), "End of Spring" (1953) - uncredited)
 1952 Hans Christian Andersen (performer: "The King's New Clothes" (1952), "Inchworm" (1952), "I'm Hans Christian Andersen" (1952), "Wonderful Copenhagen" (1952), "Thumbelina" (1952), "Dream Ballet" (1952), "The Ugly Duckling" (1952), "Anywhere I Wander" (1952), "Fantasy Wedding Sequence" (1952), "No Two People" (1952) - uncredited)
 1951 On the Riviera (performer: "On the Riviera", "Rhythm of a New Romance", "Popo the Puppet", "Happy Ending", "Chica Chica Boom Chic" (uncredited), "Ballin' the Jack" (1913) (uncredited))
 1949 The Inspector General (performer: "The Medicine Show" (1949), "The Inspector General" (1949), "Soliloquy for Three Heads" (1949), "Happy Times" (1949), "Gypsy Drinking Song" (1949), "Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes" (1780?) - uncredited)
 1947 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (performer: "The Words and Music for" "Symphony for Unstrung Tongue", "The Words and Music for" "Anatole of Paris")
 1946 The Kid from Brooklyn (performer: "Pavlova" (1939))
 1945 Wonder Man (performer: "Bali Boogie" (1945), "Otchi Tchorniya Number" (1945), "Opera Number" (1945))
 1944 Up in Arms (performer: "Theater Lobby Number" (1944), "Melody in 4-F" (1941))
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Russell Paxton") in "Lady in the Dark" on Broadway. Musical comedy. Book by Moss Hart (also director). Music by / music orchestrated by / vocal arrangements by Kurt Weill. Lyrics by Ira Gershwin. Musical Director: Maurice Abravanel. Production Design / Lighting design by Hassard Short. Scenic Design by Harry Horner... See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 5 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 9 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Personal Quote:

If you're not cooking with joy, happiness and love, you're not cooking well. See more »

Trivia:

Goldwyn's wife Francis Howard would often travel to New York city scouting Broadway productions, looking for talent in both the production's acting areas and the creative teams involved in a Broadway production'a staging. Francis' trip (1941) to see the Kurt Weill-Ira Gershwin-Moss Hart musical "Lady in The Dark" -- she discovered Danny Kaye. Returning to Hollywood, Francis' ability to mint new ... See more »

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Able to tongue twist faster than anyone else See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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