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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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 10 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »


Known For

The Danny Kaye Show Music Department
The Court Jester Hubert Hawkins
White Christmas Phil Davis
The Five Pennies 'Red' Nichols


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 1986 The Cosby Show (TV Series)
Dr. Burns
- The Dentist (1986) ... Dr. Burns
 1985 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Gaspar (segment "Paladin of the Lost Hour")
- Teacher's Aide/Paladin of the Lost Hour (1985) ... Gaspar (segment "Paladin of the Lost Hour")
 1981 Skokie (TV Movie)
Max Feldman
 1976 Pinocchio (TV Movie)
Geppetto / Boris Stroganoff
 1976 Peter Pan (TV Movie)
Captain Hook / Mr. Darling
 1971 Here Comes Peter Cottontail (TV Movie)
Seymour S. Sassafras / Antoine / Col. Wellington B. Bunny (voice)
 1970 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (TV Series)
Guest Performer
- Guest Starring Danny Kaye (1970) ... Guest Performer
 1969 The Madwoman of Chaillot
The Ragpicker
 1964 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
Danny Kaye
- Lucy Meets Danny Kaye (1964) ... Danny Kaye
 1963 The Man from the Diners' Club
Ernest Klenk
 1961 On the Double
Pfc. Ernie Williams
 1959 The Five Pennies
'Red' Nichols
 1958 Me and the Colonel
S.L. Jacobowsky
 1958 Merry Andrew
Andrew Larabee
 1955 The Court Jester
Hubert Hawkins
 1954 White Christmas
Phil Davis
 1954 Knock on Wood
Jerry Morgan / Papa Morgan / Clarence
 1952 Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen
 1951 On the Riviera
Jack Martin / Henri Duran
 1949 The Inspector General
 1949 Task Force
Officer at the Dance (uncredited)
 1949 It's a Great Feeling
Danny Kaye (uncredited)
 1948 A Song Is Born
Professor Hobart Frisbee
 1947 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Walter Mitty
 1946 The Kid from Brooklyn
Burleigh Sullivan
 1945 Wonder Man
Edwin Dingle / Buzzy Bellew
 1944 Up in Arms
Danny Weems
 1938 Autumn Laughter (TV Movie)
 1938 Money on Your Life (Short)
Nikolai Nikolayevich
 1938 Cupid Takes a Holiday (Short)
Nikolai Nikolaevich
 1938 Getting an Eyeful (Short)
Nikolai Nikolaevich
 1937 Dime a Dance (Short)
Show Show Director (1 credit)
Show Show Music department (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (30 credits)
Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Self (86 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (67 credits)

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Personal Details

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 »

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


5' 11" (1.8 m)


Sylvia Fine  (his death)  (1 child)


Clar Kaminski | Jacob Kaminski

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Personal Quote:

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


While appearing in the musical "Two By Two" (1970-1971), he tore ligaments and played the role of Noah in a wheelchair since he did not use understudies. See more »


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