Eddie Cantor

Actor + Singer + Dancer and Comedian
Born Jan 31, 1892

Eddie Cantor was an American "illustrated song" performer, comedian, dancer, singer, actor and songwriter. Familiar to Broadway, radio, movie and early television audiences, this "Apostle of Pep" was regarded almost as a family member by millions because his top-rated radio shows revealed intimate stories and amusing anecdotes about his wife Ida and five daughters.… Read More

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1892 Birth Born on January 31, 1892.


1903 11 Years Old He had adopted the first name "Eddie" when he met his future wife Ida Tobias in 1903, because she felt that "Izzy" wasn't the right name for an actor.
1907 15 Years Old …  He made his first public appearance in Vaudeville in 1907 at New York's Clinton Music Hall.


1912 20 Years Old In 1912, he was the only performer over the age of 20 to appear in Gus Edwards's Kid Kabaret, where he created his first blackface character, "Jefferson." … Read More
1914 22 Years Old Cantor married Ida in 1914. … Read More
1917 25 Years Old A year later, Cantor made his Broadway debut in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1917. … Read More


1922 30 Years Old Cantor appeared on radio as early as February 3, 1922, as indicated by this news item from Connecticut's Bridgeport Telegram:
1931 39 Years Old 1 More Event
Cantor's appearance with Rudy Vallee on Vallee's The Fleischmann's Yeast Hour on February 5, 1931 led to a four-week tryout with NBC's The Chase and Sanborn Hour.


1933 41 Years Old He was the second president of the Screen Actors Guild, serving from 1933 to 1935. … Read More
1934 42 Years Old Indicative of his effect on the mass audience, he agreed in November 1934 to introduce a new song by the songwriters J. … Read More
1935 43 Years Old Cantor was also a composer, with his most famous song seldom attributed to him. In 1935, along with Charles Tobias and Murray Mencher, Cantor wrote "Merrily We Roll Along," which he recorded in the 1950s. … Read More
1938 46 Years Old He began the first campaign on his own radio show in January 1938, asking people to mail a dime to the nation's most famous assumed polio victim, President Franklin D. Roosevelt. … Read More


1944 52 Years Old 1 More Event
On May 25, 1944, pioneer television station WPTZ (now KYW-TV) in Philadelphia presented a special telecast featuring Eddie Cantor, which was also fed to the NBC television station in New York City, WNBT (now WNBC). … Read More
1949 57 Years Old He also served as emcee of The $64 Question during 1949-'50, and hosted a weekly disc jockey program for Philip Morris during the 1952-'53 season. … Read More


1953 61 Years Old In 1953 Warner Bros., in an attempt to duplicate the box-office success of The Jolson Story, filmed a big-budget Technicolor feature film, The Eddie Cantor Story. … Read More
1964 73 Years Old On October 10, 1964 in Beverly Hills, California, Eddie Cantor suffered another heart attack and died, aged 72.
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