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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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Known For

Lucky Boy
Lucky Boy Georgie Jessel
(1928)
Anne of the Indies
(1951)
Stage Door Canteen
Stage Door Canteen George Jessel
(1943)

Filmography

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 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
 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 Startime (TV Series)
Georgie Jessel
- George Burns in the Big Time (1959) ... Georgie Jessel
 1959 Juke Box Rhythm
George Jessel
 1957 Beau James
George Jessel
 1953 Yesterday and Today
Narrator (voice)
 1952 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (TV Series)
Georgie Jessel
- The Spectacular Spectacle Debacle (1952) ... Georgie Jessel
 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 It Might Be Worse (Short)
 1929 Love, Live and Laugh
Luigi
 1929 Happy Days
Minstrel Show Performer
 1928 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
Show Show Writer (8 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (16 credits)
Show Show Producer (14 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (2 credits)
Show Show Self (87 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Wrote (w/Sam Spewack, Bella Spewack) / appeared in (as "Eddie Rosen") "The War Song" on Broadway. Directed by Albert Lewis. National Theatre: 24 Sep 1928-Dec 1928 (closing date unknown/80 performances). Cast: Ted Athey, Harry Bass, T.F. Benson, Shirley Booth (as "Emily Rosen"), Clyde Franklyn, William Gargan (as "Pvt. James ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

George E. Jessel
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

If you haven't struck oil in your first three minutes, stop boring. See more »

Trivia:

Having starred in several silent films for Warner Brothers during the 1920s, Jessel was offered the lead in the studio's history-making first talkie, The Jazz Singer (1927) (he had played the part on Broadway). However, he and the studio could not agree on his salary, and the role ultimately went to Al Jolson. Jessel would refer to this, time and again, as the biggest professional mistake he ever ... See more »

Trademark:

Theme song: "My Mother's Eyes."

Nickname:

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Star Sign:

Aries

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