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George Jessel (I) (1898–1981)

George Jessel gained fame in vaudeville, where it was not uncommon for him--and other performers, such as Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor--to perform in blackface, and in fact at age 11 Jessel was Cantor's vaudeville partner. Jessel acted in several movies in the '30s and became a respected film producer. He was also a prolific songwriter, and was noted ... See full bio »

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 1977 Diary of a Young Comic (TV Movie)
 1970 The Phynx
George Jessell
 1967 Valley of the Dolls
MC Grammy Awards
 1967 The Busy Body
Mr. Fessel
 1965-1966 Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine (TV Series)
Guest New Talent Presenter / Guest / New Talent Presenter / ...
- Gleason Gaities 1966 (1966) ... Guest / Sketch
- Episode dated 23 April 1966 (1966) ... Guest New Talent Presenter
- Episode #4.28 (1966) ... Guest New Talent Presenter
- Episode #4.27 (1966) ... Guest New Talent Presenter
- Episode #4.24 (1966) ... Guest New Talent Presenter
 1963 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Schleussel
- 5: Part 2 (1963) ... Schleussel
- 5: Part 1 (1963) ... Schleussel
 1960 The Witness (TV Series)
Character Witness
- Jimmy Walker (1960) ... Character Witness
 1959 Startime (TV Series)
Georgie Jessel
- George Burns in the Big Time (1959) ... Georgie Jessel
 1957 Beau James
George Jessel
 1953 Yesterday and Today
Narrator
 1952 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (TV Series)
Georgie Jessel
- The Spectacular Spectacle Debacle (1952) ... Georgie Jessel
 1944 Four Jills in a Jeep
Master of Ceremonies
 1943 Stage Door Canteen
George Jessel
 1934/II Rambling 'Round Radio Row (Short)
George Jessell
 1931 It Might Be Worse (Short)
 1929 Love, Live and Laugh
Luigi
 1929 Happy Days
Minstrel Show Performer
 1928 George Washington Cohen
George Washington Cohen
 1927 Ginsberg the Great
Johnny Ginsberg
 1927 Sailor Izzy Murphy
Izzy Murphy
 1926 Private Izzy Murphy
Isadore 'Izzy' Goldberg, posing as I. Patrick Murphy
 1919 The Other Man's Wife
Davy Simon
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Schoolhouse on the Lot (1938). Comedy. Written by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov. Directed by Phillip Dunning. Ritz Theatre: 22 Mar 1938- May 1938 (closing date unknown). Cast: Walter Armin (as "Herman Godansky"), Buford Armitage (as "Sampson"), Nancy Barnwell, Edward Barry, Carter Blake, Donald Brown, Joe Brown Jr., ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

5 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | See more »

Alternate Names:

George E. Jessel
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Personal Quote:

[on receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, 1969)] For a minute I thought I was dead. I've waited a long time, but it shows that God's delay is not God's denial. See more »

Trivia:

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 428-429. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998. See more »

Trademark:

Theme song: "My Mother's Eyes."

Nickname:

Toastmaster General of the United States See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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