Mickey Katz

Musician and Comedian
Born Jun 15, 1909

Mickey Katz was an American comedian and musician who specialized in Jewish humor. He was the father of actor Joel Grey and grandfather of actress Jennifer Grey.

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1909 Birth Born on June 15, 1909.


1929 20 Years Old Deciding to try his luck in New York City, Katz left Cleveland in 1929. … Read More
1930 21 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He married her three years later, in 1930. … Read More
1932 23 Years Old Katz moved back to Cleveland with Grace and played with Spitalny until the leader left Loew's Theater in 1932.
1935 26 Years Old Katz continued to play there for another year, then rejoined Spitalny at the RKO Palace Theater and played there until the Cleveland musicians' local in Cleveland went on strike in 1935. … Read More


1939 30 Years Old When the Goodtime went out of business in 1939, he moved on to a position as bandleader and MC at the Ohio Villa gambling palace.
1942 33 Years Old In 1942 Katz was hired as bandleader at the Alpine Village theater-restaurant in Cleveland. … Read More
1945 36 Years Old Then in 1945, he took his six-man comedy and band group (Mickey Katz and His Krazy Kittens) on a USO tour of Europe with movie star Betty Hutton. … Read More
1946 37 Years Old In 1946 the national jukebox convention was to be held in Cleveland, and Katz was asked to conduct for it. … Read More
1947 38 Years Old 1 More Event
Katz played with Jones for more than a year, but never felt he was paid enough so he left Jones in 1947. … Read More
1948 39 Years Old …  In 1948 Katz produced the English-Yiddish stage revue Borscht Capades, co-starring with his son Joel Grey. … Read More


1951 - 1952 2 More Events
1953 44 Years Old In 1953 Katz decided to play Las Vegas, and after a successful start at the Frontier, he returned to Las Vegas for four more years.
1955 46 Years Old In 1955 Katz played a brief engagement at Harrah's, located at Lake Tahoe. … Read More
1958 49 Years Old In 1958 Katz finally played the Catskills, an area where most of his peers made their start. … Read More


1961 52 Years Old In 1961 Katz went on a tour through South Africa, playing in cities that included Cape Town, Johannesburg, Benoni, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, and Muizenberg. … Read More
1962 53 Years Old Katz supplied the voice of the character Hop-a-Long Catskill on the Beany and Cecil cartoon series on ABC-TV in 1962. … Read More


1977 68 Years Old In 1977 Katz told the story of his life in a biography called Papa, Play for Me. … Read More
1985 76 Years Old Died on April 30, 1985.
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