Jimmy Durante
American actor
Jimmy Durante
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.
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Famed Brooklyn restaurant turned into schlock jewelry store - New York Post
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In its heyday, Gage & Tollner served Hollywood stars like Jimmy Durante and Mae West signature dishes like Beef Wellington. The restaurant was opened by Charles Gage in 1879 at 303 Fulton S. In 1880, Eugene Tollner joined him as a partner,
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Seniors shine at pageant - OCRegister
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And then she sang the old Jimmy Durante favorite "Make Someone Happy" with the lyrics "just make one someone happy and you could be happy too." If there really is a hill to be "over," these gals haven't reached the top yet. Their lives are still filled
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Philip Moody dies at 89 - Variety
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In the '70s, Moody's musical-composing piano talents took him to Las Vegas, where he created music and performed at the Desert Inn, Stardust, Sahara, and Flamingo hotels with such stars as Betty Grable, Jimmy Durante, Anna Maria Alberghetti,
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Push to change street's name to Sammy Davis Jr. Parkway grows - Las Vegas Sun
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If the Davis name change is approved, he would join a growing list of Strip entertainers whose names grace the valley street signs: Elvis Presley Court, Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Debbie Reynolds Drive, Jerry Lewis Way, Mel Torme Way, Wayne Newton
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A Thorough-ly Good Time at the Del Mar Horse Races - Westside Today
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Known for the slogan, “Where the surf meets the turf,” the park was originally made famous by the likes of old Hollywood stars who frequented the race scene, such as Bing Crosby, Jimmy Durante and Oliver Hardy. Race season dominates this town from the
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Preview calendar: Clubs and concerts for Aug. 25-31 - North County Times
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26; Seaside Stage, Del Mar racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., San Diego; free with paid admission to the racetrack: $6-$10 ($20 if entering after final race); delmarscene.com or 858-755-1141. Mike Stocksdale ---- Singer/songwriter and guitarist;
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DEL MAR: Homework pays off for Saez - North County Times
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(BENOIT PHOTO) DEL MAR ---- Before Saturday, jockey Gabriel Saez had never seen Del Mar's Jimmy Durante Turf Course. The regular rider of Summer Soiree, Saez decided he needed to do a little homework so he talked to fellow jockeys Patrick Valenzuela
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DEL MAR: Filly fatally injured after workout - North County Times
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During the running of the fifth race, Ali's Lake, a 2-year-old filly, was making a bid for the lead when she appeared to take a bad step on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course and broke her right front foreleg. Jockey Joel Rosario lay on the turf for several
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Watercooler Stories - UPI.com
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I remember walking home and seeing Jimmy Durante sitting in front of the drug store and going up to Zell's Liquor and getting a piece of a bubble gum." Chambers said his scheme was inspired by a news story about a Connecticut man who sold his license
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Proteau: The NHL's five least-improved teams - The Hockey News
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And he signed Alex Auld to back up Craig Anderson in net. This is akin to someone who is burdened with a Jimmy Durante schnozz (http://bit.ly/nirZUb) opting for laser eye surgery and a pedicure. See you at the draft lottery, Sens fans
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Free medical care in schools overlooked - Las Vegas Review - Journal
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Buy this photo Clinics in Schools splits its schedule between the campuses of Cunningham Elementary School, 4145 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Las Vegas, and Martinez Elementary School, 350 Judson Ave., North Las Vegas. It's open from 9 am to 5 pm at Cunningham
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Chase plans to hire 400 workers at branches and San Bernardo operations center - North County Times
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While hiring plans in Riverside haven't been firmed up yet, Chase announced plans last week to recruit 400 workers for the 12 other branches from 5:30-8:30 pm July 19 at the Hilton San Diego Del Mar, at 15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd. "This is one of our
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CALIFORNIAN: Concerts and Comedy Calendar for June 30-July 6, 2011 - North County Times
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REO Speedwagon ---- With Navy Band Southwest and fireworks; 7:30 pm Monday; Grandstand Stage, San Diego County Fair, Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar; free with paid admission to the fair: $7-$13; $22-$33, reserved (includes fair
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GO! Arts and Entertainment for June 26-July 2 - North County Times
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Big Time Rush ---- The band version of the Nickelodeon TV series about four young hockey players who become a band; 7:30 pm; Grandstand Stage, San Diego County Fair, Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar; free with paid admission to
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GO! Arts and Entertainment for June 19-25 - North County Times
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Neon Trees ---- Check out a feature about the Murrieta-bred alt-rock band at nctimes.com/entertainment; 7:30 pm; Grandstand Stage, San Diego County Fair, Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar; free with paid admission to the fair:
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jimmy Durante
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1980
    Age 87
    He died of pneumonia in Santa Monica, California on January 29, 1980.
    More Details Hide Details He received Roman Catholic funeral rites four days later, with fellow entertainers including Desi Arnaz, Ernest Borgnine, Marty Allen, and Jack Carter in attendance, and was interred at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City. Decades after he passed away, Durante's performance of "Young at Heart" was adopted as the soundtrack of Gatorade's advertising campaign for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Jimmy Durante is known to most modern audiences as the character who narrated and sang the 1969 animated special Frosty the Snowman. He also performed the Ron Goodwin title song to the 1968 comedy-adventure Monte Carlo or Bust (titled Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies in the U.S.) sung over the film's animated opening credits. There are numerous Durante depictions and allusions in animation. Pumbaa does a brief Durante impression while singing "Hakuna Matata" in The Lion King. A character in M-G-M cartoons, a bulldog named Spike, whose puppy son was always getting caught by accident in the middle of Tom and Jerry's activities, referenced Durante with a raspy voice and an affectionate "Dat's my boy!" In another Tom and Jerry episode, a starfish lands on Tom's head, giving him a big nose. He then proceeds with Durante's famous "Ha-cha-cha-cha" call. The 1943 Tex Avery cartoon "What's Buzzin' Buzzard" featured a vulture with a voice that sounded like Jimmy Durante. A Durante-like voice (originally by Doug Young) was also given to the father beagle, Doggie Daddy, in Hanna-Barbera's Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy cartoons, Doggie Daddy invariably addressing the junior beagle with a Durante-like "Augie, my son, my son", and with frequent citations of, "That's my boy who said that!" The 1945 MGM cartoon Jerky Turkey featured a turkey which was a caricature of Durante.
  • 1972
    Age 79
    Durante retired from performing in 1972 after he became a wheelchair user following a stroke.
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  • 1963
    Age 70
    In 1963, Durante recorded the album of pop standards September Song.
    More Details Hide Details The album became a best-seller and provided Durante's re-introduction to yet another generation, almost three decades later. From the Jimmy Durante's Way of Life album came the gravelly interpretation of the song "As Time Goes By", which accompanied the opening credits of the romantic comedy hit Sleepless in Seattle, while his version of "Make Someone Happy" launched the film's closing credits. Both are included on the film's best-selling soundtrack. Durante also recorded a cover of the well known song I'll Be Seeing You, which became a trademark song on his 60's TV show. This song was also featured in the 2004 film The Notebook. He wrote a foreword for a humorous book compiled by Dick Hyman entitled Cockeyed Americana. In the first paragraph of the "Foreword!, as Durante called it, he describes meeting Hyman and discussing the book and the contribution that Hyman wanted Durante to make to it. Durante wrote, "Before I can say gaziggadeegasackeegazobbath, we're at his luxurious office." After reading the material Hyman had compiled for the book, Durante commented on it, "COLOSSAL, GIGANTIC, MAGNANIMOUS, and last but not first, AURORA BOREALIS. Durante's Four little words that make a sentence—and a sentence that will eventually get me six months."
  • 1961
    Age 68
    Jimmy's love for children continued through the Fraternal Order of Eagles children, who among many causes raise money for handicapped and abused children. At Jimmy's first appearance at the Eagles International Convention in 1961, Judge Bob Hansen inquired about his fee for performing.
    More Details Hide Details Jimmy replied, "Do not even mention money judge or I'll have to mention a figure that'll make ya sorry ya brought it up" "What can we do then?" asked Hansen. "Help da kids," was Durante's reply. Jimmy performed for many years at Eagles conventions free of charge, even refusing travel money. The Fraternal Order of Eagles changed the name of their children's fund to the Jimmy Durante Children's Fund in his honor, and in his memory have raised over 20 million dollars to help children. A reporter once remarked of Durante after an interview: "You could warm your hands on this one." One of the projects built using money from the Durante Fund was a heated therapy swimming pool at the Hughen School in Port Arthur, Texas. Completed in 1968, Durante named the pool the "Inka Dinka Doo Pool". Durante was an active member of the Democratic Party. In 1933, he appeared in an advertisement shown in theaters supporting Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal programs and wrote a musical score entitled Give a Guy a Job to accompany it.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details CeCe became a champion horsewoman and then a horse trainer and horseback-riding instructor near San Diego, married a computer designer (Stephen), and has two sons and a daughter (Connor, Ryan and Maddie). Margie died on June 7, 2009, at age 90. On August 15, 1958, for his charitable acts, Durante was awarded a huge three-foot-high brass loving cup by the Al Bahr Shriners Temple. The inscription reads: "JIMMY DURANTE THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS COMEDIAN. A loving cup to you Jimmy, it's larger than your nose, but smaller than your heart. Happiness always, Al Bahr Temple, August 15, 1958."
  • 1960
    Age 67
    Durante married his second wife, Margaret "Margie" Little, at St. Malachy's Catholic Church in New York City on December 14, 1960.
    More Details Hide Details As a teenager, with her gorgeous red hair and undeniable charm, Margie had been crowned Queen of the New Jersey State Fair. She attended New York University before being hired by the legendary Copacabana in New York City. She and Durante met there 16 years before their marriage, when he performed there and she was a hatcheck girl. She was 41 and he 67 when they married.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1950
    Age 57
    From 1950 to 1951, Durante was one of four alternating hosts on NBC's comedy-variety series Four Star Revue.
    More Details Hide Details He alternated Wednesdays with Danny Thomas (now a headliner), Jack Carson, and Ed Wynn. Beginning in the early 1950s, Durante teamed with sidekick Sonny King, a collaboration that would continue until Durante's death. Jimmy could be seen regularly in Las Vegas after Sunday Mass outside of the Guardian Angel Cathedral standing next to the priest and greeting the people as they left Mass.
    Durante was one of the cast on the show's premiere November 5, 1950.
    More Details Hide Details The rest of the cast included humorist Fred Allen, singers Mindy Carson and Frankie Laine, stage musical performer Ethel Merman, actors Jose Ferrer and Paul Lukas, and comic-singer Danny Thomas (about to become a major television star in his own right). A highlight of the show was Durante and Thomas, whose own nose rivaled Durante's, in a routine in which Durante accused Thomas of stealing his nose. "Stay outta dis, No-Nose!" Durante barked at Bankhead to a big laugh.
    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).
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  • 1948
    Age 55
    Durante continued the show for three more years, and featured a reunion of Clayton, Jackson and Durante on his April 21, 1948 broadcast.
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  • 1947
    Age 54
    Moore left the duo in mid-1947, and the program returned October 1, 1947 as The Jimmy Durante Show.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1943
    Age 50
    Another idea was that it was a personal salute to his deceased first wife, Jeanne (Olsen) Durante, who died in 1943. "Calabash" might be a mangle of Calabasas, the California city where they made their home during the last years of her life.
    More Details Hide Details His friend and co-star, Candy Candido, (in an interview with "Speaking of Radio" in 1988), reported that he met the actual woman in Chicago when traveling with Durante, but was sworn to keep the secret. At a National Press Club meeting in 1966 (broadcast on NBC's Monitor program), Durante finally revealed that it was indeed a tribute to his wife. While driving across the country, they stopped in a small town called Calabash, whose name she had loved. "Mrs. Calabash" became his pet name for her, and he signed off his radio program with "Good night, Mrs. Calabash." He added "wherever you are" after the first year.
    Durante teamed with Garry Moore for The Durante-Moore Show in 1943.
    More Details Hide Details Durante's comic chemistry with the young, brushcut Moore brought Durante an even larger audience. "Dat's my boy dat said dat!" became an instant catchphrase. The duo was one of the nation's favorites for the rest of the decade. Their Armed Forces Radio Network Command Performance with Frank Sinatra remains a favorite of radio-show collectors today.
  • 1934
    Age 41
    When Cantor left the show, Durante took over as its star from April 22 to September 30, 1934.
    More Details Hide Details He then moved on to The Jumbo Fire Chief Program (1935–36).
    In 1934, he starred in Hollywood Party, where he dreams he is 'Schnarzan'—a parody of 'Tarzan', who was extremely popular at the time due to the Johnny Weissmuller films.
    More Details Hide Details On September 10, 1933, Durante appeared on Eddie Cantor's NBC radio show, The Chase and Sanborn Hour, continuing until November 12 of that year.
    By 1934, Durante had a major record hit with his own novelty composition, "Inka Dinka Doo", with lyrics by Ben Ryan.
    More Details Hide Details It became his theme song for the rest of his life. A year later, Durante starred on Broadway in the Billy Rose stage musical Jumbo. A scene in which a police officer stopped Durante's character—who was leading a live elephant across the stage—to ask, "What are you doing with that elephant?", followed by Durante's reply, "What elephant?", was a regular show-stopper. This comedy bit, also reprised in his role in Billy Rose's Jumbo, likely contributed to the popularity of the idiom the elephant in the room. Durante also appeared on Broadway in Show Girl (1929), Strike Me Pink (1934) and Red, Hot and Blue (1936). During the early 1930s, Durante alternated between Hollywood and Broadway. His early motion pictures included an original Rodgers & Hart musical The Phantom President (1932), which featured Durante singing the self-referential Schnozzola. He was initially paired with silent film legend Buster Keaton in a series of three popular comedies for MGM -- Speak Easily (1932), The Passionate Plumber (1932), and What! No Beer? (1933) -- which were financial hits and a career springboard for the distinctive newcomer. However, Keaton's vociferous dissatisfaction with constraints the studio had placed upon him, his perceived incompatibility with Durante's broad chatty humor, exacerbated by his alcoholism, led the studio to end the series. Durante went on to appear in The Wet Parade (1932), Broadway to Hollywood (1933), The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942, playing Banjo, a character based on Harpo Marx), Ziegfeld Follies (1946), Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962, based on the 1935 musical), and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1930
    Age 37
    Jackson and Durante appeared in the Cole Porter musical The New Yorkers, which opened on Broadway on December 8, 1930.
    More Details Hide Details Earlier that same year, the team appeared in the movie Roadhouse Nights, ostensibly based on Dashiell Hammett's novel Red Harvest.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1921
    Age 28
    Durante's first wife was Jean "Jeanne" Olson, whom he married on June 19, 1921.
    More Details Hide Details She was born in Ohio on August 31, 1896. She died on Valentine's Day in 1943, after a lingering heart ailment of about two years. She was 46 years old when she died, although different newspaper accounts of her death suggest she was 45 or perhaps 52. Her death was not immediately expected, as Durante was touring in New York at the time and returned to Los Angeles right away to complete the funeral arrangements.
  • 1920
    Age 27
    In 1920 the group was renamed Jimmy Durante's Jazz Band.
    More Details Hide Details Also, Jimmy Durante was the first white bandleader to feature black musicians in his live band, as Achille Baquet, a light-skinned black clarinetist who could pass as white, played and recorded in Durante's Original New Orleans Jazz Band (1918-1920). By the mid-1920s, Durante had become a vaudeville star and radio personality in a trio called Clayton, Jackson and Durante. Lou Clayton and Eddie Jackson, Durante's closest friends, often reunited with Durante in subsequent years.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1893
    Age 0
    Born on February 10, 1893.
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