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Al Jolson (1886–1950)


Al Jolson was known in the industry as "The World's Greatest Entertainer," for well over 40 years. After his death his influence continued unabated with such performers as Sammy Davis Jr., Elvis Presley, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Jackie Wilson and Jerry Lee Lewis all mentioning him as an inspiration. Al Jolson was born Asa Yoelson in Seredzius, ... See full bio »

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The Jazz Singer Jakie Rabinowitz
(1927)
King Kong Soundtrack
(2005)
Payback Soundtrack
(1999)
Time Bandits Soundtrack
(1981)

Filmography

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 1949 Jolson Sings Again
Al Jolson (singing voice, uncredited)
 1945 Rhapsody in Blue
Al Jolson
 1939 Swanee River
Edwin P. Christy
 1939 Hollywood Cavalcade
Al Jolson - Recreation of 'The Jazz Singer' Scene (as Mr. Al Jolson)
 1939 Rose of Washington Square
Ted Cotter
 1938 Hollywood Handicap (Short)
Al Jolson
 1937 Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 12 (Documentary short)
Al Jolson
 1937 A Day at Santa Anita (Short)
Al Jolson (uncredited)
 1936 The Singing Kid
Al Jackson
 1935 Go Into Your Dance
Al Howard
 1934 Wonder Bar
Al Wonder
 1933 Hallelujah I'm a Bum
Bumper
 1930 Big Boy
Gus
 1930 Show Girl in Hollywood
Al Jolson - Cameo Appearance at Premiere (uncredited)
 1930 Mammy
Al Fuller
 1929 New York Nights
Al Jolson - Cameo (uncredited)
 1929 Say It with Songs
Joe Lane
 1928 The Singing Fool
Al Stone
 1927 The Jazz Singer
Jakie Rabinowitz
 1923 Mammy's Boy (Short)
Al
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in the play, "Bombo," at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 9 Print Biographies | 17 Portrayals | 1 Interview | 11 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Mr. Al Jolson

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)

Spouse:

Erle Chenault Galbraith  (his death)  (2 children) | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[reported last words, 10/23/50] Oh, God, this is it! I'm going! See more »

Trivia:

Is mentioned by name in Sylvie Vartan's song "Je chante pour Swanee" (I Sing for Swanee). See more »

Trademark:

Blackface See more »

Nickname:

Jolie

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