Jimmy Durante

Born Feb 10, 1893

James Francis "Jimmy" Durante was an American singer, pianist, comedian, and actor. His distinctive clipped gravelly speech, comic language butchery, jazz-influenced songs, and large nose helped make him one of America's most familiar and popular personalities of the 1920s through the 1970s. His jokes about his nose included referring to it as a "Schnozzola", and the word became his nickname.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jimmy Durante.


1893 Birth Born on February 10, 1893.


1920 27 Years Old In 1920 the group was renamed Jimmy Durante's Jazz Band. … Read More
1921 28 Years Old Durante's first wife was Jean "Jeanne" Olson, whom he married on June 19, 1921. … Read More


1930 37 Years Old Jackson and Durante appeared in the Cole Porter musical The New Yorkers, which opened on Broadway on December 8, 1930. … Read More


By 1934, Durante had a major record hit with his own novelty composition, "Inka Dinka Doo", with lyrics by Ben Ryan. … Read More


1943 50 Years Old 1 More Event
Durante teamed with Garry Moore for The Durante-Moore Show in 1943. … Read More
1947 54 Years Old Moore left the duo in mid-1947, and the program returned October 1, 1947 as The Jimmy Durante Show.
1948 55 Years Old Durante continued the show for three more years, and featured a reunion of Clayton, Jackson and Durante on his April 21, 1948 broadcast.
Durante made his television debut on November 1, 1950 (although he kept a presence in radio, as a frequent guest on Tallulah Bankhead's two-year NBC comedy-variety show The Big Show).


1960 67 Years Old Durante married his second wife, Margaret "Margie" Little, at St. Malachy's Catholic Church in New York City on December 14, 1960. … Read More
1961 68 Years Old 1 More Event
With help from their attorney, Mary G. Rogan, the couple were able to adopt a baby, Cecilia Alicia (nicknamed CeCe and now known as CeCe Durante-Bloum), on Christmas Day, 1961. … Read More
1963 70 Years Old In 1963, Durante recorded the album of pop standards September Song. … Read More
1972 79 Years Old Durante retired from performing in 1972 after he became a wheelchair user following a stroke.
1980 87 Years Old He died of pneumonia in Santa Monica, California on January 29, 1980. … Read More
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