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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

The Danny Kaye Show
The Danny Kaye Show Music Department
(1963-1967)
The Court Jester
The Court Jester Hubert Hawkins
(1955)
White Christmas
White Christmas Phil Davis
(1954)
Wonder Man
Wonder Man Edwin Dingle / Buzzy Bellew
(1945)

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 2015 Fallout 4 (Video Game) (performer: "Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo)")
 2014 While We're Young (performer: "THE INCH WORM")
 2009 So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Top 10 Perform (2009) ... (performer: "Choreography")
 2008 Katherine Jenkins: A Girl from Neath (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Thumbelina" - uncredited)
 2008 Fallout 3 (Video Game) (performer: "Civilization")
 2008 Nip/Tuck (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- August Walden (2008) ... (performer: "Ugly Duckling")
 1998 The Man Who Drove with Mandela (Documentary) (performer: "Life Could Not Better Be", "Civilization (Bongo Bongo Bongo)")
 1984 Hotel in Kopenhagen (TV Movie) (performer: "Wonderful Copenhagen" - uncredited)
 1981 Live from Lincoln Center (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- An Evening with Danny Kaye and the New York Philharmonic (1981) ... (performer: "La Gazza Ladra: Overture" (excerpt), "The Nutcracker: Overture Miniature", "The Nutcracker: Chinese Dance", "The Nutcracker: Arabian Dance")
 1978 The Muppet Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Danny Kaye (1978) ... (performer: "Cheek to Cheek", "Inchworm" - uncredited)
 1971 Here Comes Peter Cottontail (TV Movie) (performer: "If I Could Only Get Back to Yesterday", "In the Puzzle of Life")
 1963-1967 The Danny Kaye Show (TV Series) (performer - 65 episodes)
- Episode #4.29 (1967) ... (performer: "Walking on New Grass", "Tall Hope", "Down by the Old Mill Stream")
- Episode #4.25 (1967) ... (performer: "Great Big Ball", "Lonesome Road", "Wee Huey")
- Episode #4.24 (1967) ... (performer: "Red Rose Rag", "My Gal's a Hightoned Lady", "High Society", "Yankee Doodle Blues", "Ain't Misbehavin'")
- Episode #4.23 (1967) ... (performer: "A Fellow Needs a Girl")
- Episode #4.22 (1967) ... (performer: "There's Always Potato", "Who Can I Turn To?")
 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)
 1953 L'oeil en coulisses (performer: "C'est si bon" - 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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Show Show Music department (1 credit)
Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Self (74 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (52 credits)

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Stage: Appeared (Broadway debut) in "The Straw Hat Revue" on Broadway. Musical revue. Book by Max Liebman and Sam Locke. Music / lyrics by James Shelton and Sylvia Fine. Choreographed by Jerome Andrews. Directed by Max Liebman. Ambassador Theatre: 29 Sep 1939-2 Dec 1939 (75 performances). Cast: Jerome Andrews, William Bales, Leon ... See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 5 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 10 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Personal Quote:

Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint you can at it. See more »

Trivia:

Originally considered for the leading role in It Should Happen to You (1954). See more »

Trademark:

Red hair See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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