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Overview (5)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameEdward Israel Iskowitz
Nicknames Banjo Eyes
The Apostle of Pep
Ol' Banjo Eyes
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Singer, songwriter ("Merrily We Roll Along"), comedian, author and actor, educated in public schools. He made his first public appearance in Vaudeville in 1907 at New York's Clinton Music Hall, then became a member of the Gus Edwards Gang, later touring vaudeville with Lila Lee as the team Cantor & Lee. He made Broadway stage appearances in "Canary Cottage," "Broadway Brevities of 1920," "Make It Snappy," "Kid Boots," "Whoopee," "Banjo Eyes," and the Ziegfeld Follies of 1917, 1918, 1919 and 1927. He had his own radio program in the 1930s, appeared often on television in the 1950s, and made many records. Joining ASCAP in 1951, and his popular-song compositions also include "Get a Little Fun Out of Life," "It's Great to Be Alive," and "The Old Stage Door." Eddie Cantor also wrote the books "Ziegfeld, the Great Glorifier" and "As I Remember Them," and the autobiographies "My Life Is In Your Hands" and "Take My Life."

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Spouse (1)

Ida Tobias Cantor (9 June 1914 - 9 August 1962) ( her death) ( 5 children)

Trivia (20)

Received a Special Academy Award in 1956 for distinguished service to the film industry.
He invented the name "March of Dimes" for the donation campaigns of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (polio), a play on the "March of Time" newsreels. He began the first campaign on his own radio show in January 1938, asking people to mail a dime to the nation's most famous polio victim, President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Other entertainers joined in the appeal via their own shows, and the White House mail room was deluged with 2,680,000 dimes.
President of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) from 1933-1935.
At one time, when the rights to The Wizard of Oz (1939) were owned by Samuel Goldwyn, Cantor was considered for the role of the Scarecrow. Goldwyn eventually sold the rights to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2000.
Theme song: "One Hour With You."
Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 89-91. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
Both his parents died before he was a year old, and he was adopted and raised by his maternal grandmother, Esther Lazarowitz Kantrowitz, who died on January 29, 1917, two days before he signed a long-term contract with Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. to appear in his "Follies". "Kantrowitz" was the name mistakenly assigned to the boy instead of his actual name, Iskowitz, by a public school registrar. It was shortened to Cantor. Eddie was the nickname given him by his girlfriend, Ida Tobias, whom he later married (See Ida Tobias Cantor).
Father-in-law of Robert Clary.
Often ate the breakfast staple cornflakes and milk for dinner at fancy restaurants. It had been the foodstuff he could afford as an up-and-coming comedian, and due to some personal quirk, he preferred it even after he was rich and famous.
Grandfather of Brian Gari and Judy McHugh
Great-grandfather of Lee Newman.
Brother-in-law of Nettie Tobias.
Following his financial loss in the stock market crash of 1929, Eddie Cantor wrote a short humorous book entitled, "Caught Short."
He was awarded 3 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 6648 Hollywood Boulevard; for Television at 1710 Vine Street; and for Radio at 6765 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Cantor joined the NY actor's club, The Lambs, in 1923. He was the first president of the radio union, AFRA, in 1937.
Cantor reportedly received 3200 write-in votes for President in 1928 in an election won by Herbert Hoover. In another year he received over 1000 write-ins for Governor of New Jersey.
Taking his show on a national tour, he was preparing to open one night at a theater in Minneapolis, in which every seat had been sold. Shortly before the show was to begin that night, a terrific snowstorm hit Minneapolis, effectively shutting the city down, and of the hundreds of people who had bought tickets to see the show, only seven managed to make it to the theater. When the management wanted to cancel the show and refund the patrons' money, Cantor refused, saying, "These people have paid their money to come and see me, and that's what they're going to get". So he put on the full show--elaborate musical numbers, sketches, dancing girls, comics, etc.--for an audience of just seven people.
He was a president of the Screen Actors Guild and in 1963 was the first recipient of a Screen Actors Guild Award. The following year Stan Laurel became the second recipient.

Personal Quotes (15)

[after attending the premiere of the film The Eddie Cantor Story (1953)] If that was my life, I didn't live.
[commenting about losing most of his money in the 1929 stock market crash] Well, folks, they got me in the market just like they got everybody else. In fact, they're not calling it the stock market any more. They're calling it the stuck market.
[on Al Jolson] He was more than just a singer or an actor. He was an experience.
It takes twenty years to make an overnight success.
We call our relatives the kin we love to touch.
When I see the "Ten Most Wanted" lists I always have this thought: If we made them feel wanted earlier, they wouldn't be wanted now.
Marriage is an attempt to solve problems together which you didn't have when you were on your own.
Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast--you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.
A wedding is a funeral where you smell your own flowers.
[on his vaudeville days] When [George Jessel] and I were not acting, we were playing. We had no outside games or diversions, so all our fun had to be born of the theatre. On one occasion we ruined a perfectly boring mystery thriller. Just as the distracted father cried, "Where is my daughter?" we walked across the stage behind him, both of us in black-face, with brooms slung across our shoulders. The audience broke into laughter and the actors of the piece were mystified, instead of the audience. On another occasion we found that a newcomer to our act, a little girl violinist, was getting more applause than was healthy for her. The next night when she took her bow we were right beside her, each of us with a violin of his own, and shared the hand. Another time, as she finished her number, I suddenly appeared in one of the boxes of the theatre and began a campaign speech: "Ladies and gentlemen- If I am elected the public monies will be safe. I will guard them and keep them. You'll have nothing to worry about". A distraction like this always brought a laugh and diverted some applause.
It doesn't matter how much the boss likes you, you can't work in a bank and take home samples.
Lovely girl. Lovely family. Her poor father died of throat trouble. They hung him.
All women are natural born espionage agents.
[on blackface] I don't myself quite understand why people will laugh more at a joke delivered in blackface than the same wheeze without the burnt cork. But they do.
[on blackface] I do the same stuff with it or without it, but folks have me pegged as a blackface man and a blackface man I've got to be.

Salary (1)

Whoopee! (1930) $100,000 + 10% profits

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