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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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Filmography

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 1977 Diary of a Young Comic (TV Movie)
 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)
Schluessel
- 5: Part 2 (1963) ... Schluessel
 1960 The Witness (TV Series)
Character Witness
- Jimmy Walker (1960) ... Character Witness
 1953 Yesterday and Today
Narrator (voice)
 1944 Four Jills in a Jeep
Master of Ceremonies
 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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Show Show Writer (8 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (2 credits)
Show Show Self (70 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Co-produced "Spring Meeting" on Broadlway. Comedy. Written by M.J. Farrell and John Perry. Directed by John Gielgud. Morosco Theatre: 8 Dec 1938-Mar 1939 (closing date unknown/98 performances). Co-produced by Gladys Merivale and Philip Merivale. See more »

Publicity Listings:

5 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | See more »

Alternate Names:

George E. Jessel
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Did You Know?

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:

Because of his frequent role as master of ceremonies at various entertainment and political gatherings, his sobriquet was "Toastmaster General of the United States." See more »

Trademark:

Theme song: "My Mother's Eyes."

Nickname:

Georgie See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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