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 in 1892.


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 and Ida were married in 1914. … Read More
1917 25 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Esther died on January 29, 1917, two days before Cantor signed a long-term contract with Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., to appear in his Follies.


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 Cantor 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
1938 46 Years Old He began the first campaign on his radio show in January 1938, asking listeners to mail a dime to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. … Read More
1940 48 Years Old His NBC radio show, Time to Smile, was broadcast from 1940 to 1946, followed by his Pabst Blue Ribbon Show from 1946 through 1949.


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


1952 60 Years Old …  Cantor suffered a heart attack following a September 1952 Colgate broadcast, and thereafter, curtailed his appearances until his final program in 1954.
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
1955 63 Years Old In 1955, he appeared in a filmed series for syndication and a year later, appeared in two dramatic roles ("George Has A Birthday", on NBC's Matinee Theatre broadcast in color, and "Sizeman and Son" on CBS' Playhouse 90).
1960 68 Years Old He continued to appear as a guest on several shows, and was last seen on the NBC color broadcast of The Future Lies Ahead on January 22, 1960, which also featured Mort Sahl. … Read More
1962 70 Years Old Ida died in August 1962 of "cardiac insufficiency", and Eddie died on October 10, 1964, in Beverly Hills, California, after suffering his second heart attack at age 72. … Read More
1964 73 Years Old Died on October 10, 1964.
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