Danny Kaye

Born Jan 18, 1913

Danny Kaye was a celebrated American actor, singer, dancer, and comedian. His best known performances featured physical comedy, idiosyncratic pantomimes, and rapid-fire nonsense songs. Kaye starred in 17 movies, notably The Kid from Brooklyn (1946), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947), The Inspector General (1949), Hans Christian Andersen (1952), and – perhaps his most accomplished performance – The Court Jester (1956).… Read More

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1911 Birth David Daniel Kaminsky was born to Ukrainian Jewish immigrants in Brooklyn on January 18, 1911 (though he would later say 1913). … Read More
1913 2 Years Old On 18 January 2013, during a 24-hour salute to Kaye on Turner Classic Movies in celebration of what TCM thought was his 100th birthday, Kaye's daughter Dena revealed to TCM host Ben Mankiewicz that Kaye's stated birth year of 1913 was incorrect, and that he was actually born in 1911.


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1937 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1937 he signed with New York–based Educational Pictures for a series of two-reel comedies. … Read More
1939 28 Years Old His next venture was a short-lived Broadway show, with Sylvia Fine as the pianist, lyricist and composer. The Straw Hat Revue opened on September 29, 1939, and closed after ten weeks, but critics took notice of Kaye's work. … Read More
1940 29 Years Old Sylvia discovered that Danny had worked for her father Samuel Fine, a dentist. Kaye, working in Florida, proposed on the telephone; the couple were married in Fort Lauderdale on January 3, 1940. … Read More


1941 30 Years Old Kaye scored a triumph at age 30 in 1941, playing Russell Paxton in Lady in the Dark, starring Gertrude Lawrence. … Read More
1942 31 Years Old Kaye's debut album Columbia Presents Danny Kaye had been released in 1942 by Columbia Records, with songs performed to the accompaniment of Maurice Abravanel and Johnny Green. … Read More
1944 33 Years Old His feature film debut was in producer Samuel Goldwyn's Technicolor 1944 comedy Up in Arms, a remake of Goldwyn's Eddie Cantor comedy Whoopee! (1930). … Read More
1945 34 Years Old Kaye starred in a radio program, The Danny Kaye Show, on CBS in 1945–46. … Read More
1946 35 Years Old When Kaye asked to be released from his radio contract in mid-1946, he agreed not to accept a regular radio show for one year and only limited guest appearances on other radio programs. … Read More
1947 36 Years Old 1 More Event
Kaye teamed with the popular Andrews Sisters (Patty, Maxene, and LaVerne) on Decca Records in 1947, producing the number-three Billboard smash hit "Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo)". … Read More
1948 37 Years Old 1 More Event
When he appeared at the London Palladium in 1948, he "roused the Royal family to laughter and was the first of many performers who have turned British variety into an American preserve." … Read More


1952 41 Years Old He hosted the 24th Academy Awards in 1952. … Read More
1953 42 Years Old In 1953, Kaye started a production company, Dena Pictures, named for his daughter. … Read More
1956 45 Years Old Kaye entered television in 1956 on the CBS show See It Now with Edward R. Murrow. … Read More
1960 49 Years Old His first solo effort was in 1960 with an hour special produced by Sylvia and sponsored by General Motors; with similar specials in 1961 and 1962.


1963 52 Years Old He hosted a variety hour on CBS television, The Danny Kaye Show, from 1963 to 1967, which won four Emmy awards and a Peabody award.
1964 53 Years Old 1 More Event
Beginning in 1964, he acted as television host to the CBS telecasts of MGM's The Wizard of Oz. … Read More


1976 65 Years Old In 1976, he played Mister Geppetto in a television musical adaptation of The Adventures of Pinocchio with Sandy Duncan in the title role. … Read More
1980 69 Years Old In 1980, Kaye hosted and sang in the 25th Anniversary of Disneyland celebration, and hosted the opening celebration for Epcot in 1982 (EPCOT Center at the time), both were aired on prime time television in the U.S. … Read More
1984 73 Years Old …  Kaye was invited to conduct symphonies as charity fundraisers and was the conductor of the all-city marching band at the season opener of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1984. … Read More
1987 76 Years Old 1 More Event
Kaye died of heart failure on March 3, 1987, aged 76, brought on by internal bleeding and complications of hepatitis C. … Read More
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