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Kaminsky, David Daniel (Kaye, Danny)

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Born: 1913 AD
Died: 1987 AD, at 74 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Actors, Comedians

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1913 – He was born this year in Brooklyn. He spent his early youth attending PS 149 in East New York. He continued on to Thomas Jefferson High School, although he never graduated.

 

1935 – He made his film debut, a comedy short subject, entitled Moon Over Manhattan.

 

1940 – He starred in several movies with actress Virginia Mayo.

 

1941 – He appeared in the Broadway show, Lady in the Dark and performed the famous number "Tchaikovsky," by Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin.

 

1944 – His feature film debut was Up in Arms.

 

1945 – He starred in a radio program of his own, The Danny Kaye Show, on CBS.

 

1947 – He is well known for his roles in films such as The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

 

1948 – He "roused the Royal family to shrieks of laughter and was the first of many performers who have turned English variety into an American preserve.

 

1955 – He received two Academy Awards, an honorary award in this year.

 

1963 – He hosted his own variety hour on CBS television, The Danny Kaye Show.

 

1964 – He also acted as television host to the annual CBS telecasts of MGM The Wizard of Oz.

 

1977 – He was the original owner of the Seattle Mariners along with his partner Lester Smith, from this year until 1981.

 

1982 – He received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

 

1987 – He died from a heart attack, following a bout of hepatitis. He left a widow Sylvia Fine and a daughter Dena.


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