Milton Berle

Comedian, actor Milton Berle

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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Birthday
12 July 1908

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Mighty Max - San Diego Jewish Journal
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Six months before The Pelvis famously appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” he was on “The Milton Berle Show.” “I was 5 years old,” Weinberg recalls, “but I remember it vividly. I was most struck by the great drum break in 'Hound Dog
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Watch hours of interviews at the Archive of American TV - USA Today
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"The Milton Berle interview totals four hours." This is definitely a must-see site, and it contains video chats with just about every legend I'd like to talk to (dead or alive): Jack Lemmon, Henry Winkler, Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White, George Carlin
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Variety shows a la 'Ed Sullivan Show' make a comeback via Nick Cannon's ... - New York Daily News
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Nothing was bigger on 1950s TV than variety shows, hosted right into the early 1970s by the likes of Ed Sullivan, Milton Berle, Steve Allen and Dean Martin. On the surface, nothing looks more dead today. Almost 25 years ago, in 1987, ABC tried to do an
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From Pee-wee to Gaga: the VMA's Water-Cooler Moments (Slideshow) - TheWrap
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Milton Berle: "Oh, we're going to ad lib? I'll check my brain and we'll start even." 1994: "Just think, nobody thought this would last," said Michael Jackson before kissing bride Lisa Marie Presley. Turned out it didn't last. 1998: When your boyfriend
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Yakety yak no more - Financial Times
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For most people, the song will always be associated with Elvis Presley, who seared the number into the US public's consciousness in a blur of pelvic thrusting on the Milton Berle show in 1956, before cementing the association by giving a less
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Jerry Leiber, co-writer of 'Stand By Me' and 'Hound Dog,' dies at 78 - Entertainment Weekly (blog)
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In 1953, the pair formed their own record label, but really took off in 1956 when Presley took “Hound Dog” (which Leiber and Stoller had originally penned for Big Mama Thornton) and turned it into a gigantic hit when he performed it on The Milton Berle
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Classic Hollywood: Jack Carter going strong after 60-plus years - Los Angeles Times
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Milton Berle tried to copy it. It was a wrap-up of what you did when you got to Vegas.... Berle sent his wife in to tape it and Roxanne stopped her. She was sitting there with a tape recorder, and she [Roxanne] said, 'I wouldn't do that if I were you
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Cappelli seeks financing for Concord plans - Westfair Online
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It's been 10 years since developer Louis Cappelli bought the land where the high-spirited echoes of Milton Berle, Alan King and Henny Youngman can be heard if you listen closely enough. The Concord Hotel, home to some of the most famous comedians and
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The mind-boggling tricks of 'Comedy of Errors' - Santa Cruz Sentinel
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Milton Berle. Stan Laurel. Even some "Laugh-In" and Mary Poppins. Brandin Baron's costumes put us squarely in the '50s right out of the gate. As you can imagine, a vehicle with a handful of people playing many has special issues of quick changes and
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RetroBites: Mad World: Berle & Winters (1963) - CBCtv
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Milton Berle and Jonathan Winters ad-lib on the way to Mad World premiere
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Stealing jokes isn't funny, unless your audience doesn't care - Montreal Gazette
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The most infamous joke thief is probably Milton Berle, of whom Bob Hope once quipped, "He never heard a joke he didn't steal." Being a joke thief became a large part of Berle's persona and it didn't hurt his career, either. A well-known spat between
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Chest Pain and Mindless at Churchill's Pub July 26 - Miami New Times
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We'd turn off The Milton Berle Show, plug in the turntable, and give them a crash course in powerviolence and fastcore. Or maybe we'd bring these hypothetical people from the '50s to present-day Churchill's Pub. We'd skip the past 60 years of
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Dwyer comes in threes - BCLocalNews
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Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Bob Newhart, Milton Berle, Kenny Rogers join a slew of celebrated musician's musicians on an enormous list of performers who have shared the stage with Dwyer. “I've been a working professional musician for 50 years
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2002
    Age 93
    One year after the announcement, on March 27, 2002, Berle died in Los Angeles from colon cancer.
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  • 2001
    Age 92
    In April 2001 Berle announced that a malignant tumor had been found in his colon, but he had declined surgery.
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  • 2000
    Age 91
    On July 15, 2000, Berle guest-starred as Uncle Leo in the Kenan & Kel special "Two Heads are Better than None".
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  • 1992
    Age 83
    He married a fourth time in 1992 to Lorna Adams, a fashion designer 30 years his junior.
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  • 1989
    Age 80
    In 1989, Berle stated that his mother was behind the breakup of his marriages to Mathews.
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  • 1988
    Age 79
    In Berle's 1988 appearance, when fielding phone calls, Stern purposely asked his producer to only air callers whose questions dealt with Berle's penis.
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    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).
  • 1984
    Age 75
    As "Mr. Television", Berle was one of the first seven people to be inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1984.
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  • 1982
    Age 73
    Another well-known incident of upstaging occurred during the 1982 Emmy Awards, when Berle and Martha Raye were the presenters of the Emmy for Outstanding Writing.
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  • 1974
    Age 65
    In 1974, Berle had a minor altercation with younger actor/comedian Richard Pryor when both appeared as guests on The Mike Douglas Show.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1961
    Age 52
    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.
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  • 1960
    Age 51
    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1958
    Age 49
    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.
  • 1956
    Age 47
    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.
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  • 1953
    Age 44
    After twice marrying and divorcing showgirl Joyce Mathews, Berle married publicist Ruth Cosgrove in 1953; she died in 1989.
  • 1949
    Age 40
    He also earned another nickname after ending a 1949 broadcast with a brief ad-libbed remark to children watching the show: "Listen to your Uncle Miltie and go to bed."
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    Television set sales more than doubled after Texaco Star Theatre's debut, reaching two million in 1949.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1948
    Age 39
    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.
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  • 1946
    Age 37
    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.
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  • 1939
    Age 30
    In 1939, he was the host of Stop Me If You've Heard This One with panelists spontaneously finishing jokes sent in by listeners.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1934
    Age 25
    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.
  • 1933
    Age 24
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1920
    Age 11
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1916
    Age 7
    In 1916, Berle enrolled in the Professional Children's School.
  • 1908
    Born
    Born on July 12, 1908.
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