Danny Kaye (1911–1987)


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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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Known For

The Danny Kaye Show Music Department
(1963-1967)
White Christmas Phil Davis
(1954)
The Court Jester Hubert Hawkins
(1955)
On the Riviera Jack Martin / Henri Duran
(1951)

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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 Short 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)")
 1991 Motormouth (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #4.7 (1991) ... (performer: "Wonderful Copenhagen" - uncredited)
 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)
 1972 The Enchanted World of Danny Kaye: The Emperor's New Clothes (TV Movie) (performer: "Come Along With Me", "Clothes Make the Man", "A Tailor's Tailor", "Creation", "All You Need is Money to Be Rich", "Clothes Make the Man (Reprise)", "Come Along With Me (Reprise)")
 1971 Here Comes Peter Cottontail (TV Movie) (performer: "The Easter Bunny Never Sleeps", "If I Could Only Get Back to Yesterday", "When You Can't Get It All Together, Improvise", "In the Puzzle of Life")
 1963-1967 The Danny Kaye Show (TV Series) (performer - 66 episodes)
- Episode #4.29 (1967) ... (performer: "Walking on New Grass", "Tall Hope", "Down by the Old Mill Stream")
- Roddy McDowall, Blossom Dearie (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", "Inchworm", "I'm Hans Christian Andersen", "Wonderful Copenhagen", "I'm Hans Christian Andersen (Reprise #1)", "Thumbelina", "Dream Ballet", "The Ugly Duckling", "Anywhere I Wander", "I'm Hans Christian Andersen (Reprise #2)", "Fantasy Wedding Sequence", "No Two People" - 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 »

Publicity Listings:

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

Official Sites:

Facebook Fan Page | Official Site

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

You bet I arrived overnight. Over a few hundred nights in the Catskills, in vaudeville, in clubs and on Broadway. [on being an overnight film success in the 1940s] See more »

Trivia:

On April 21,1954, he was appointed UNICEF's Ambassador at Large, and made a 40,000-mile good-will trip, which resulted in the short, Assignment Children. See more »

Trademark:

Able to tongue twist faster than anyone else See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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