Eddie Cantor


Comedian
Eddie Cantor

About

Also Known As
Edward Israel Iskowitz
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
January 31, 1892
Died
October 10, 1964
Cause of Death
Heart Attack

Biography

Energetic vaudeville performer with famous rolling eyes, in Hollywood from 1926. Cantor was extremely popular in the 1930s on the radio, and in mostly routine movies that showcased his inimitable, infectious style of song, dance and (sometimes risque) comedy. He has a small part in the meager 1957 biopic "The Eddie Cantor Story," starring Keefe Brasselle....

Photos & Videos

Forty Little Mothers - Kapralik Trade Ad
Strike Me Pink - Movie Poster
Eddie Cantor - Candid photo

Family & Companions

Ida Cantor
Wife
Married June 1915 until her death in 1962.

Bibliography

"Eddie Cantor: A Bio-Bibliography"
James Fisher, Greenwood Press (1997)

Biography

Energetic vaudeville performer with famous rolling eyes, in Hollywood from 1926. Cantor was extremely popular in the 1930s on the radio, and in mostly routine movies that showcased his inimitable, infectious style of song, dance and (sometimes risque) comedy. He has a small part in the meager 1957 biopic "The Eddie Cantor Story," starring Keefe Brasselle.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Entertaining the Troops (1989)
Himself
The Eddie Cantor Story (1954)
Himself
The Story of Will Rogers (1952)
Himself
If You Knew Susie (1948)
Sam Parker
Show Business (1944)
Eddie Martin
Hollywood Canteen (1944)
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)
Himself/Joe Simpson
Forty Little Mothers (1940)
Gilbert Jordan Thompson
Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937)
Ali Baba [/Aloysius Babson/Himself]
Strike Me Pink (1936)
Eddie Pink
Kid Millions (1934)
Edward Grant Wilson, Jr.
Roman Scandals (1933)
Eddie, also known as Oedipus
The Kid from Spain (1932)
Eddie Williams, alias Don Sebastian II
Palmy Days (1931)
Eddie Simpson
Whoopee! (1930)
Henry Williams
Glorifying the American Girl (1929)
Special Delivery (1927)
Eddie, The Mail Carrier
Kid Boots (1926)
Kid Boots
A Few Moments with Eddie Cantor (1923)

Writer (Feature Film)

Mr. Lemon of Orange (1931)
Dial
Palmy Days (1931)
Story and dial
Special Delivery (1927)
Story

Producer (Feature Film)

If You Knew Susie (1948)
Producer
Show Business (1944)
Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Cinderella Man (2005)
Song Performer
Space Jam (1996)
Song
Curly Sue (1991)
Song
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
Song
The Good Fight: The Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War (1984)
Song Performer ("If They Feel Like A War Let Them Keep It Over There")
Palmy Days (1931)
Composer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Entertaining the Troops (1989)
Other

Cast (Special)

The Mort Sahl Special (1960)
Host
George Burns in the Big Time (1959)

Cast (Short)

The Friendship Train (1947)
Himself

Life Events

1906

Became professional entertainer

1926

Film acting debut

Photo Collections

Forty Little Mothers - Kapralik Trade Ad
Here is a trade ad for MGM's Forty Little Mothers (1940), starring Eddie Cantor. The art is by mixed-media caricaturist Jaques Kapralik. Trade Ads were placed by studios in industry magazines like Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.
Strike Me Pink - Movie Poster
Strike Me Pink - Movie Poster
Eddie Cantor - Candid photo
Here is a candid still of Eddie Cantor from 1935, signing autographs for a crowd of fans.

Videos

Movie Clip

Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) - Blues In The Night, John Garfield Dinah Shore has just opened with the the title song, as radio host Don Wilson helps her segue to top-billed Eddie Cantor and the first big cameo, John Garfield (who co-founded the armed services pro-bono entertainment club the Hollywood Canteen, to which all the stars donated their salaries), with the Harold Arlen-Johnny Mercer tune, in one of the funniest bits in the bulky Warner Bros. wartime propaganda showcase, Thank Your Lucky Stars, 1943.
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) - They're Either Too Young Or Too Old Bette Davis (like all the Warner Bros. stars, donating her salary to the Hollywood Canteen she co-founded), delivers an original by Arthur Schwartz and Frank Loesser which earned an Academy Award nomination and became a widely recorded hit, in the variety propaganda effort Thank Your Lucky Stars, 1943, Conrad Wiedell her dance partner.
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) - That's What You Jolly Well Get The schtick for Errol Flynn (who like the other big names, donated his $50,000 salary to the armed services benefit Hollywood Canteen) for the wartime fundraiser show-within-a-show premise of the Warner Bros. propaganda feature is an original by Arthur Schwartz and Frank Loesser, staged by Leroy Prinz, in Thank Your Lucky Stars, 1943.
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) - You Know Who You're Talking To? S.Z. “Cuddles” Sakall is the promoter with Edward Everett Horton of a fictional wartime benefit show, and they’re being driven nuts by (pretending) egomaniac star Eddie Cantor, so he doesn’t recognize Humphrey Bogart, maybe because of the impressive scruffy beard, in the Warner Bros. morale-Musical variety hit Thank Your Lucky Stars, 1943.
Strike Me Pink (1936) - High And Low Nebbish Eddie Cantor in the crowd swooning over Ethel Merman, then 27 years old, her first scene, with a tune by Harold Arlen and Lew Brown, shot by Merrit Gerstad, from the Samuel Goldwyn production Strike Me Pink, 1936.
Kid from Spain, The - Opening Credits Opening credits for Samuel Goldwyn's production of Eddie Cantor's 3rd Hollywood vehicle The Kid from Spain, 1932, directed by Leo McCarey, numbers by Busby Berkeley, songs by Burt Kalmar and Harry Ruby.
Kid from Spain, The - What a Perfect Combination! Eddie (Eddie Cantor) in horrible black-face to escape villains, in Kalmar and Ruby's "What a Perfect Combination," staged by Busby Berkeley (said to feature Goldwyn Girls Betty Grable, Jane Wyman and Paulette Goddard) in The Kid from Spain, 1932.
Kid from Spain, The - Bullfight A portion of the big bullfight sequence, in which incompetent Eddie (Eddie Cantor, a.k.a. "Don Sebastian") discovers the tame bull he's arranged for has been replaced, in Leo McCarey's The Kid From Spain, 1932.

Trailer

Family

Margie Cantor
Daughter
Died in 1959.
Natalie Cantor Clary
Daughter
Married to actor Robert Clary; died in 1997.

Companions

Ida Cantor
Wife
Married June 1915 until her death in 1962.

Bibliography

"Eddie Cantor: A Bio-Bibliography"
James Fisher, Greenwood Press (1997)