Milton Berle

Comedian + Actor
Born Jul 12, 1908

Milton Berle was an American comedian and actor. As the host of NBC's Texaco Star Theater (1948–55), he was the first major American television star and was known to millions of viewers as "Uncle Miltie" and "Mr. Television" during TV's golden age.

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1908 Birth Born on July 12, 1908.
1916 7 Years Old In 1916, Berle enrolled in the Professional Children's School.


1920 11 Years Old Around 1920, at age 12, Berle made his stage debut in a revival of the musical comedy Florodora in Atlantic City, New Jersey, which later moved to Broadway. … Read More


1933 24 Years Old In 1933, he was hired by producer Jack White to star in the theatrical featurette Poppin' the Cork, a topical musical comedy concerning the repealing of Prohibition. … Read More
1934 25 Years Old From 1934–36, Berle was heard regularly on The Rudy Vallee Hour, and he attracted publicity as a regular on The Gillette Original Community Sing, a Sunday night comedy-variety program broadcast on CBS from September 6, 1936 to August 29, 1937.


1939 30 Years Old In 1939, he was the host of Stop Me If You've Heard This One with panelists spontaneously finishing jokes sent in by listeners. … Read More
1946 37 Years Old Kiss and Make Up, on CBS in 1946, featured the problems of contestants decided by a jury from the studio audience with Berle as the judge. … Read More
1948 39 Years Old Berle would revive the structure and routines of his vaudeville act for his debut on TV. His first TV series was The Texaco Star Theatre, which began September 22, 1948 on ABC and continued until June 15, 1949 with cast members Stang, Kelton and Gallop, along with Charles Irving, Kay Armen, and double-talk specialist Al Kelly. … Read More


1949 41 Years Old 1 More Event
Television set sales more than doubled after Texaco Star Theatre's debut, reaching two million in 1949. … Read More
1953 45 Years Old After twice marrying and divorcing showgirl Joyce Mathews, Berle married publicist Ruth Cosgrove in 1953; she died in 1989.
1956 48 Years Old By the time the again-renamed Milton Berle Show finished its only full season (1955 - 56), Berle was already becoming history—though his final season was host to two of Elvis Presley's earliest television appearances, April 3 and June 5, 1956. … Read More


1958 50 Years Old Berle knew that NBC had already decided to cancel his show before Presley appeared. Berle later appeared in the Kraft Music Hall series from 1958 to 1959, but NBC was finding increasingly fewer showcases for its one-time superstar.
1960 52 Years Old By 1960, he was reduced to hosting a bowling program, Jackpot Bowling, delivering his quips and interviewing celebrities between the efforts of that week's bowling contestants. … Read More
1961 53 Years Old Like his contemporary Jackie Gleason, Berle proved a solid dramatic actor and was acclaimed for several such performances, most notably his lead role in "Doyle Against The House" on The Dick Powell Show in 1961, a role for which he received an Emmy nomination. … Read More


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1988 80 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Radio shock jock Howard Stern also barraged Berle with an endless array of penis questions when the comedian appeared on Stern's morning talk show on Aug 5, 1988 (Berle was also a guest on the Stern show on Oct 30, 1996).
1989 81 Years Old In 1989, Berle stated that his mother was behind the breakup of his marriages to Mathews. … Read More
1992 84 Years Old He married a fourth time in 1992 to Lorna Adams, a fashion designer 30 years his junior. … Read More
2000 92 Years Old On July 15, 2000, Berle guest-starred as Uncle Leo in the Kenan & Kel special "Two Heads are Better than None". … Read More
2001 93 Years Old In April 2001 Berle announced that a malignant tumor had been found in his colon, but he had declined surgery. … Read More
2002 94 Years Old One year after the announcement, on March 27, 2002, Berle died in Los Angeles from colon cancer. … Read More
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