Played Cap'n Andy in "Show Boat" for the last time in the 1961 New York City Center stage revival of the musical.
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[In 1952] I'm not the comedian I once was. A comedian has to be slightly insulting, comedy has to be 70 per cent insults, and I'm always afraid today when I say something funny it may hurt someone. If another comic makes a crack about my mouth, I just can't insult him back.
Was one of only two civilians awarded the Bronze Star during World War II. At his own expense he would travel frequently to Europe to entertain the troops, performing in all weather conditions and frequently in hospitals. He was even known to have done his entire routine for dying soldiers. On each trip back to the United States he would bring sacks of mail from the servicemen to deliver to their...