Actor, comedian, vocalist, and dancer who all starred in Light Xmas in 1954 and won the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Prize in 1981. His most widely known films include 1947’s THE TRICK Lifestyle of Walter Mitty as well as the Courtroom Jester. While functioning as an insurance investigator, he produced one that cost the business $40,000. In 1935, he debuted as himself in Moon Over Manhattan. He was terminated from his work as a oral associate when he got captured utilizing a drill to pull designs within the home furniture. He wedded Sylvia Great on January 1940, and their relationship lasted until his loss of life in 1987. That they had one little girl together called Dena Kaye. His perhaps most obviously performance occurred within the 1956 musical-comedy, The Courtroom Jester, with Glynis Johns.
Full Name Danny Kaye
Date Of Birth January 18, 1911
Died March 3, 1987, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Brooklyn, NY
Height 1.8 m
Profession Movie Actor
Education Thomas Jefferson High School
Spouse Sylvia Fine
Children Dena Kaye
Parents Jacob Nemerovsky Kaminsky, Clara Nemerovsky Kaminsky
Siblings Larry Nemerovsky Kaminsky, Mac Nemerovsky Kaminsky
Awards Academy Honorary Award, Kennedy Center Honors, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Peabody Award, Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance - Variety Or Music Program, Special Tony Award
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Classical Program - Performing Arts, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievements In Entertainment, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series
Movies White Christmas, The Court Jester, The Inspector General, Hans Christian Andersen, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Wonder Man, Up in Arms, Knock on Wood, A Song Is Born, The Kid from Brooklyn, The Five Pennies, Merry Andrew, Me and the Colonel, On the Riviera, The Madwoman of Chaillot, On the Double, The Man from the Diner's Club, Here Comes Peter Cottontail, Skokie, It's a Great Feeling, The Emperor's New Clothes, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Getting an Eyeful, The Danny Kaye Show with Lucille Ball, Christmas with Danny Kaye featuring Peggy Lee
TV Shows The Danny Kaye Show, Live from Lincoln Center
Star Sign Capricorn
Goldwyn's wife Francis Howard would often travel to New York city scouting Broadway productions, looking for talent in both the production's acting areas and the creative teams involved in a Broadway production'a staging. Francis' trip (1941) to see the Kurt Weill-Ira Gershwin-Moss Hart musical "Lady in The Dark" -- she discovered Danny Kaye. Returning to Hollywood, Francis' ability to mint new stars from seemingly nowhere, Francis insisting her Husband, Samuel Goldwyn, put Danny Kaye under contract. After Danny Kaye arrived in Hollywood, several screen tests were made, studied, to determine the best possible path for Danny Kaye's future in Goldwyn's film business. The major problem with Kaye's physical look, besides his nose, was his natural dark-brown hair. Francis, upon seeing Kaye's screen tests, dictated to her husband -- "they had to change his hair color!" Francis was the one who said, "turn Danny into a red headed strawberry blond!" Goldwyn's studio press agent always insisted Danny Kaye's strawberry-blond hair was his natural hair color for publicity reckoning.
Danny Kaye held a Commercial Pilot's Certificate with the following ratings: Airplane Single and Multiengine Land & Instrument Airplane. In addition, he held type ratings to act as Pilot-in-Command of two small business class jets: The LR-Jet (Learjet 20 & 30 series)and the IA-Jet.
Kaye's daughter Dena has revealed that his birth certificate indicates that he was born in 1911, not 1913 as Kaye had publicly claimed, and that no one in the family knows why he made this alteration to his age.
His trademark red hair was his natural color, but he was persuaded to dye it blond because it looked better that way in Technicolor. Studio mogul Samuel Goldwyn Jr. also had asked Danny to get his nose fixed so it would look less Jewish, but he refused.
In 1942 Kaye was hospitalized for nervous exhaustion.
Kaye made his acting debut playing a watermelon sees in a school play at Brooklyn's P.S. 149.
Shirley MacLaine claims she had romance with Danny Kaye in her 2011 memoir, "I'm Over That And Other Confessions.".
In an article in Look magazine he related that once while flying over Kansas he correctly diagnosed a pain in his right side as appendicitis. He landed at the nearest airfield and was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery. He said he was told that a delay of even a half hour might have resulted in the appendix rupturing.
Conducted the Philharmonic Orchestra at New York's Carnegie Hall (10th March 1958) with his feet! This being a benefit concert, of course.
He awarded 3 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6125 Hollywood Boulevard; for Motion Pictures at 6563 Hollywood Boulevard; and for Radio at 6101 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
He was a liberal Democrat who opposed the Hollywood blacklist.
While he was world famous for his comic acting ability, his last film appearance, Skokie (1981), in which he portrayed a Holocaust survivor protesting a planned march by Neo-Nazis, was one of only two dramatic film roles he played - the other was the role of the Ragpicker in the 1969 film The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969), starring Katharine Hepburn. Danny played in two other dramatic movies: The Colonel and Me and The Five Pennies.
The stage musical "The Kid from Brooklyn," which chronicled Kaye's life, implied a tempestuous affair with his radio co-star Eve Arden.
On April 21,1954, he was appointed UNICEF's Ambassador at Large, and made a 40,000 mile good-will trip, which resulted in the short, Assignment Children.
His father, Jacob Kaminski; his mother, Clar; and his two older brothers, Mack and Larry, emigrated from Ukraine to the United States in 1910. Jacob had to work two years before he could pay off those steamer tickets. Three years after this journey, their third and last child was born, and the only one born in America: David Daniel, or as his parents called him: Duvidelleh.
He was an excellent pilot.
He was Bob Hope's and Humphrey Bogart's favorite comedian.
He had a passion for Chinese cooking and built a kitchen in his house. For years, he invited people (some of them great celebrities like Shirley MacLaine, Michael Caine, Cary Grant, John Denver, and Itzhak Perlman) and he would show them what his cooking genius was about. Qualified guests, like French chef Paul Bocuse, said they were really amazed by Kaye's cooking ability.
In 1953, received a Special Tony Award for heading a variety bill at the Palace Theater.
According to daughter Dena Kaye, for the rest of his life, whenever someone would recognize him in public, they would run up to him and recite the "pellet with the poison . . . " speech from The Court Jester (1955).
Was named as "King of Brooklyn" at the Welcome Back to Brooklyn Festival in 1986
Was the first choice of producers to star in the Broadway musical "The Music Man."
Star of CBS Radio's "The Danny Kaye Show" (1945-1946).
Died of hepatitis and internal bleeding, the result of a transfusion of contaminated blood during bypass heart surgery four years earlier.
Toured Australia in the mid-'50s as Cinderella's friend Buttons in a pantomime version of "Cinderella".
Interred at Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, New York, USA.
While appearing in the musical "Two By Two" (1970-1971), he tore ligaments and played the role of Noah in a wheelchair since he did not use understudies.
One of the original owners of the Seattle Mariners professional baseball team.
While We're Young
performer: "THE INCH WORM"
So You Think You Can Dance
TV Series performer - 1 episode
Katherine Jenkins: A Girl from Neath
TV Movie documentary performer: "Thumbelina" - uncredited
Video Game performer: "Civilization"
TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Man Who Drove with Mandela
Documentary performer: "Life Could Not Better Be", "Civilization Bongo Bongo Bongo"
Hotel in Kopenhagen
TV Movie performer: "Wonderful Copenhagen" - uncredited
Live from Lincoln Center
TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Muppet Show
TV Series performer - 1 episode
Here Comes Peter Cottontail
TV Movie performer: "If I Could Only Get Back to Yesterday", "In the Puzzle of Life"
The Danny Kaye Show
TV Series performer - 65 episodes
On the Double
performer: "Darlin' Meggie" 1961, "Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag And Smile, Smile, Smile" 1915 uncredited, "When the Saints Go Marching In" uncredited, "Coctails for Two" 1934 uncredited
The Five Pennies
"Lullaby in Ragtime" 1959, "Carnival of Venice" ca 1829, uncredited / performer: "The Five Pennies" 1959, "Follow the Leader" 1959, "Lullaby in Ragtime" 1959, "When the Saints Go Marching In" 1896, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" 1862 uncredited, " Back Home Again in Indiana" 1917 uncredited, "The Music Goes Round and Round" 1935 uncredited, "Jingle Bells" 1857 uncredited, "Largo al factotum" 1816 uncredited, "Schnitzelbank" uncredited
performer: "Chin Up, Stout Fellow" 1958, "Everything Is Tickety Boo" 1958, "The Pipes of Pan" 1958, "Salud" 1958, "The Square of the Hypotenuse" 1958, "You Can't Always Have What You Want" 1958 - uncredited
The Court Jester
performer: "The Maladjusted Jester", "Life Could Not Better Be", "Outfox the Fox", "I'll Take You Dreaming", "My Heart Knows a Love Song", "Life Could Not Better Be Reprise"
"White Christmas", "Sisters", uncredited / performer: "The Old Man", "Hi Hup", "Heat Wave", "Blue Skies", "The Best Things Happen When You're Dancing", "Snow", "Minstrel Show", "Mandy", "Choreography", "Gee! I Wish I Was Back in the Army", "Let Me Sing and I'm Happy" - uncredited
Knock on Wood
performer: "Knock on Wood" 1953, "All About You" 1953, "Monahan O'Han" 1953, "End of Spring" 1953 - uncredited
Hans Christian Andersen
performer: "The King's New Clothes" 1952, "Inchworm" 1952, "I'm Hans Christian Andersen" 1952, "Wonderful Copenhagen" 1952, "Thumbelina" 1952, "Dream Ballet" 1952, "The Ugly Duckling" 1952, "Anywhere I Wander" 1952, "Fantasy Wedding Sequence" 1952, "No Two People" 1952 - uncredited
On the Riviera
performer: "On the Riviera", "Rhythm of a New Romance", "Popo the Puppet", "Happy Ending", "Chica Chica Boom Chic" uncredited, "Ballin' the Jack" 1913 uncredited
The Inspector General
performer: "The Medicine Show" 1949, "The Inspector General" 1949, "Soliloquy for Three Heads" 1949, "Happy Times" 1949, "Gypsy Drinking Song" 1949, "Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes" 1780? - uncredited
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
performer: "The Words and Music for" "Symphony for Unstrung Tongue", "The Words and Music for" "Anatole of Paris"
The Kid from Brooklyn
performer: "Pavlova" 1939
Short performer: "Carolina in the Morning", "La Cucaracha", "Ochi Tchornya Dark Eyes" - uncredited