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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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Lucky Boy Georgie Jessel
(1929)
(1951)
Stage Door Canteen George Jessel
(1943)
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(1970)

Filmography

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 2018 The Other Side of the Wind
George Jessel
 1979 Diary of a Young Comic (TV Movie)
 1978 Vega$ (TV Series)
Eulogist at Funeral
- The Games Girls Play (1978) ... Eulogist at Funeral
 1970 The Phynx
George Jessell
 1968-1969 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (TV Series)
Guest Performer
- Guest Starring Don Rickles (1969) ... Guest Performer (uncredited)
- No Guest Star (1969) ... Guest Performer (uncredited)
- Guest Starring Kate Smith, Vincent Price and Rich Little (1968) ... Guest Performer (uncredited)
 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
 1959 Juke Box Rhythm
George Jessel
 1957 Beau James
George Jessel
 1953 Yesterday and Today
Narrator (voice)
 1944 Four Jills in a Jeep
Master of Ceremonies
 1943 Stage Door Canteen
George Jessel
 1934 Rambling 'Round Radio Row #9 (Short)
George Jessel
 1931 George Jessel and His Russian Art Choir (Short)
George Jessel
 1931 It Might Be Worse (Short)
George
 1930 Politics (Short)
Morris Rosen
 1929 Love, Live and Laugh
Luigi
 1929 Happy Days
Minstrel Show Performer
 1929 Lucky Boy
Georgie Jessel
 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:

Stage: Produced (w/Alfred Bloomingdale) and appeared (as "George Krause Sr.") in "High Kickers" on Broadway. Musical comedy. Based on an idea by Phil Silvers, from material by George Jessel, Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby. Directed by Ed Sobol. Broadhurst Theatre: 31 Oct 1941-28 Mar 1942 (171 performances). See more »

Publicity Listings:

5 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 9 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

George E. Jessel

Spouse:

Lois Andrews  (divorced)  (1 child) | See more »
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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:

Performed eulogies for many of his Hollywood celebrity contemporaries. See more »

Trademark:

Theme song: "My Mother's Eyes."

Nickname:

Georgie See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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