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Danny Kaye

Danny Kaye

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Also Known As: Died: March 3, 1987
Born: January 18, 1913 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Worked as a performing busboy at Catskill summer camps; worked as a soda jerk between engagements
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Travelled to the Orient with A.B. Marcus Show
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Toured with Abe Lyman's Band
1937:
Short film debut, "Dime a Dance" (two-reel short; produced by small independent film company, Educational Pictures)
1938:
Starred in "Getting an Eyeful" and "Cupid Takes a Holiday", short subjects for Educational Pictures; three shorts were later compiled into film titled, "The Danny Kaye Story/Birth of a Star" (1944)
1938:
Performed in cabaret show at the Dorchester in London
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Stage debut in a vaudeville revue that toured US and Asia, "La Vie Paris"
1939:
New York stage debut, "Left of Broadway"
1939:
Broadway debut in "The Straw Hat Revue", comprised of skit material from summer camp in Pennsylvania that he, Sylvia Fine, Max Liebman and Imogene Coca had worked in
1941:
Gained first major notice for his high-speed novelty number, "Tchaikovsky" in the Kurt Weill-Ira Gershwin Broadway musical, "Lady in the Dark"
1941:
Starred in the Cole Porter musical "Let's Face It" on Broadway
1941:
Headlined a vaudeville revue at the Palace Theater in NY
1941:
Rejected MGM contract at $3,000 per week
1943:
Signed contract with Samuel Goldwyn who insisted he lighten his hair to blond; Sylvia Fine also signed by Goldwyn to write special material for husband
1944:
Feature film debut in "Up in Arms"
1945:
Premiere of "The Danny Kaye Show" on CBS radio
1948:
First performed at the London Palladium
1952:
Formed Dena Productions with Sylvia Fine
1953:
Signed with MGM to film a musical version of "Huckleberry Finn" co-starring Gene Kelly; film postponed, then project abandoned
1963:
Starred on "The Danny Kaye Show" on TV
1966:
Toured Vietnam war fronts with the USO
1969:
Played character part of ragpicker in final film, "The Madwoman of Chaillot"
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Returned to Broadway as Noah in the Richard Rodgers-Martin Charnin musical "Two By Two"
1981:
TV movie debut, "Skokie"
1986:
Made guest appearance playing a dentist on "The Bill Cosby Show"

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