The Info List - Danny Kaye

Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
(born David Daniel Kaminsky; January 18, 1911 – March 3, 1987) was an American actor, singer, dancer, comedian and musician. His performances featured physical comedy, idiosyncratic pantomimes and rapid-fire novelty songs. Kaye starred in 17 movies, notably Wonder Man (1945), The Kid from Brooklyn
(1946), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947), The Inspector General (1949), Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen
(1952), White Christmas (1954) and The Court Jester
The Court Jester
(1956). His films were popular, especially his performances of patter songs and favorites such as "Inchworm" and "The Ugly Duckling." He was the first ambassador-at-large of UNICEF
in 1954 and received the French Legion of Honour
Legion of Honour
in 1986 for his years of work with the organization.[1]


1 Early years 2 Career

2.1 Career in music 2.2 Imitations

3 Other endeavors

3.1 Cooking 3.2 Flying 3.3 Business ventures 3.4 Baseball 3.5 Medicine 3.6 Charity

4 Death 5 Legacy 6 Personal life 7 Honors

7.1 Awards and other recognition

8 Filmography

8.1 Film 8.2 Television

9 Stage work 10 Selected discography

10.1 Studio albums 10.2 Soundtracks 10.3 Spoken word 10.4 Compilations

11 References 12 Sources 13 External links

13.1 Listen 13.2 Watch

Early years[edit] David Daniel Kaminsky was born in Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn, New York
on January 18, 1911 (though he would later say 1913), [2][3][4][5] to Ukrainian Jewish immigrants Jacob and Clara (née Nemerovsky) Kaminsky. He was the youngest of three sons. Jacob and Clara and their older sons Larry and Mac left Dnipropetrovsk
two years before Danny's birth; he was their only son born in the United States.[6] He attended Public School 149 in East New York, Brooklyn
— which eventually was renamed to honor him[7]—where he began entertaining his classmates with songs and jokes.[8] He attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn
but he did not graduate.[9] His mother died when he was in his early teens. Not long after his mother's death Kaye and his friend Louis ran away to Florida. Kaye sang while Louis played the guitar and was the pair eked out a living for a while. When Kaye returned to New York, his father did not pressure him to return to school or work, giving his son the chance to mature and discover his own abilities.[10] Kaye said that as a young boy he had wanted to be a surgeon but the family could not afford a medical school education.[6][11] He held a succession of jobs after leaving school: as a soda jerk, insurance investigator and office clerk. Most ended with his being fired. He lost the insurance job when he made an error that cost the insurance company $40,000. The dentist who hired him to look after his office at lunch hour did the same when he found Kaye using his drill on the office woodwork. Years later Kaye married the dentist's daughter, Sylvia. [6][12] He learned his trade in his teenage years in the Catskills as a tummler in the Borscht Belt.[8] Kaye's first break came in 1933 when he joined the "Three Terpsichoreans", a vaudeville dance act. They opened in Utica, New York, where he used the name Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
for the first time.[8] The act toured the United States, then performed in Asia with the show La Vie Paree.[13] The troupe left for a six-month tour of the Far East on February 8, 1934. While they were in Osaka, Japan, a typhoon hit the city. The hotel where Kaye and his colleagues stayed suffered heavy damage. The strong wind hurled a piece of the hotel's cornice into Kaye's room; had he been hit, he might well have been killed. By performance time that evening the city was in the grip of the storm. There was no power and the audience was restless and nervous. To calm them Kaye went on stage holding a flashlight to illuminate his face and sang every song he could recall as loudly as he was able.[6] The experience of trying to entertain audiences who did not speak English inspired him to the pantomime, gestures, songs and facial expressions that eventually made his reputation.[8][12] Sometimes he found pantomime necessary when ordering a meal. Kaye's daughter, Dena, tells a story her father related about being in a restaurant in China and trying to order chicken. Kaye flapped his arms and clucked, giving the waiter an imitation of a chicken. The waiter nodded in understanding, bringing Kaye two eggs. His interest in cooking began on the tour.[8][13] Jobs were in short supply when Kaye returned to the United States and he struggled for bookings. One job was working in a burlesque revue with fan dancer Sally Rand. After the dancer dropped a fan while trying to chase away a fly, Kaye was hired to watch the fans so they were always held in front of her.[8][12] Career[edit] Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
made his film debut in a 1935 comedy short Moon Over Manhattan. In 1937 he signed with New York–based Educational Pictures for a series of two-reel comedies. He usually played a manic, dark-haired, fast-talking Russian in these low-budget shorts, opposite young hopefuls June Allyson
June Allyson
and Imogene Coca. The Kaye series ended abruptly when the studio shut down in 1938. He was working in the Catskills in 1937 under the name Danny Kolbin.[14][15] His next venture was a short-lived Broadway show with Sylvia Fine
Sylvia Fine
as the pianist, lyricist and composer. The Straw Hat Revue opened on September 29, 1939 and closed after 10 weeks but critics took notice of Kaye's work.[6][16] The reviews brought an offer for both Kaye and his bride Sylvia to work at La Martinique, a New York City nightclub. Kaye performed with Sylvia as his accompanist. At La Martinique playwright Moss Hart
Moss Hart
saw Danny perform which led to Hart casting him in his hit Broadway comedy Lady in the Dark.[6][12] Kaye scored a triumph at age 30 in 1941 playing Russell Paxton in Lady in the Dark starring Gertrude Lawrence. His show-stopping number was "Tchaikovsky" by Kurt Weill
Kurt Weill
and Ira Gershwin
Ira Gershwin
in which he sang the names of a string of Russian composers at breakneck speed, seemingly without taking a breath.[17][18] In the next Broadway season he was the star of a show about a young man who is drafted called Let's Face It!.[19] His feature film debut was in producer Samuel Goldwyn's Technicolor 1944 comedy Up in Arms,[20][unreliable source] a remake of Goldwyn's Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
comedy Whoopee! (1930).[21] Rival producer Robert M. Savini cashed in by compiling three of Kaye's Educational Pictures shorts into a patchwork feature entitled The Birth of a Star (1945).[22][unreliable source] Studio mogul Goldwyn wanted Kaye's prominent nose fixed to look less Jewish,[23][24] Kaye refused but did allow his red hair to be dyed blonde, apparently because it looked better in Technicolor.[24]

White Christmas trailer

Kaye starred in a radio program The Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
Show, on CBS in 1945–46.[25] The program's popularity rose quickly. Before a year he tied with Jimmy Durante
Jimmy Durante
for fifth place in the Radio Daily popularity poll.[12] Kaye was asked to participate in a USO
tour following the end of World War II. It meant that he would be absent from his radio show for nearly two months at the beginning of the season. Kaye's friends filled in, with a different guest host each week.[26] Kaye was the first American actor to visit postwar Tokyo. He had toured there some ten years before with the vaudeville troupe.[27][28] When Kaye asked to be released from his radio contract in mid-1946 he agreed not to accept a regular radio show for one year and only limited guest appearances on other radio programs.[26][29] Many of the show's episodes survive today, notable for Kaye's opening "signature" patter ("Git gat gittle, giddle-di-ap, giddle-de-tommy, riddle de biddle de roop, da-reep, fa-san, skeedle de woo-da, fiddle de wada, reep!").[12] Kaye starred in several movies with actress Virginia Mayo
Virginia Mayo
in the 1940s and is known for films such as The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947), The Inspector General (1949), On the Riviera
On the Riviera
(1951) co-starring Gene Tierney, Knock on Wood (1954), White Christmas (1954), The Court Jester (1956) and Merry Andrew (1958). Kaye starred in two pictures based on biographies, Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen
(1952) the Danish story-teller and The Five Pennies
The Five Pennies
(1959) about jazz pioneer Red Nichols. His wife, writer/lyricist Sylvia Fine, wrote many tongue-twisting songs for which Kaye became famous.[11][30] She was also an associate film producer.[31] Some of Kaye's films included the theme of doubles, two people who look identical (both Danny Kaye) being mistaken for each other to comic effect.[citation needed] Kaye teamed with the Andrews Sisters
Andrews Sisters
on Decca Records in 1947, producing the number-three Billboard smash hit "Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo)". The success of the pairing prompted both acts to record through 1950, producing several hits including "The Woody Woodpecker Song".

Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
on USO
tour at Sasebo, Japan, October 25, 1945. Kaye and his friend, Dodgers manager Leo Durocher, made the trip.[27]

While his wife wrote most of Kaye's material he created much of it himself, often while performing. Kaye had one character he never shared with the public; Kaplan, the owner of an Akron, Ohio
Akron, Ohio
rubber company, came to life only for family and friends. His wife Sylvia described the Kaplan character:[32]

He doesn't have any first name. Even his wife calls him just Kaplan. He's an illiterate pompous character who advertises his philanthropies. Jack Benny or Dore Schary might say, "Kaplan, why do you hate unions so?" If Danny feels like doing Kaplan that night he might be off on Kaplan for two hours.

When he appeared at the London Palladium
London Palladium
in 1948 he "roused the Royal family to laughter and was the first of many performers who have turned British variety into an American preserve." Life magazine described his reception as "worshipful hysteria" and noted that the royal family, for the first time, left the royal box to watch from the front row of the orchestra.[33][34][35] He related that he had no idea of the familial connections when the Marquess of Milford Haven introduced himself after a show and said he would like his cousins to see Kaye perform.[18] Kaye stated he never returned to the venue because there was no way to recreate the magic of that time.[36] Kaye had an invitation to return to London for a Royal Variety Performance in November of the same year.[37] When the invitation arrived Kaye was busy with The Inspector General (which had a working title of Happy Times). Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
stopped the film to allow their star to attend.[38] When his Decca co-workers the Andrews Sisters
Andrews Sisters
began their engagement at the London Palladium
London Palladium
on the heels of Kaye's successful 1948 appearance there, the trio was well received and David Lewin of the Daily Express declared: "The audience gave the Andrews Sisters
Andrews Sisters
the Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
roar!"[39] He hosted the 24th Academy Awards in 1952. The program was broadcast on radio. Telecasts of the Oscar ceremony came later. During the 1950s Kaye visited Australia, where he played "Buttons" in a production of Cinderella
in Sydney. In 1953 Kaye started a production company, Dena Pictures, named for his daughter. Knock on Wood was the first film produced by his firm. The firm expanded into television in 1960 under the name Belmont Television.[40][41] Kaye entered television in 1956 on the CBS show See It Now with Edward R. Murrow.[42] The Secret Life of Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
combined his 50,000-mile, ten-country tour as UNICEF
ambassador with music and humor.[43][44] His first solo effort was in 1960 with an hour special produced by Sylvia and sponsored by General Motors; with similar specials in 1961 and 1962.[6]

Kaye in 1955

He hosted a The Danny Kaye Show
The Danny Kaye Show
from 1963 to 1967, which won four Emmy awards and a Peabody award.[45][46] His last cinematic starring role came in 1963's The Man from the Diners' Club. Beginning in 1964 he acted as television host to the CBS telecasts of MGM's The Wizard of Oz. Kaye did a stint as a What's My Line?
What's My Line?
Mystery Guest on the Sunday night CBS-TV quiz program. Kaye was later a guest panelist on that show. He also appeared on the interview program Here's Hollywood. In the 1970s Kaye tore a ligament in his leg during the run of the Richard Rodgers
Richard Rodgers
musical Two by Two, but went on with the show, appearing with his leg in a cast and cavorting on stage in a wheelchair.[45][47] He had done much the same on his television show in 1964 when his right leg and foot were burned from a cooking accident. Camera shots were planned so television viewers did not see Kaye in his wheelchair.[48] In 1976 he played Mister Geppetto
Mister Geppetto
in a television musical adaptation of Pinocchio with Sandy Duncan
Sandy Duncan
in the title role. Kaye portrayed Captain Hook opposite Mia Farrow
Mia Farrow
in a musical version of Peter Pan featuring songs by Anthony Newley
Anthony Newley
and Leslie Bricusse. He later guest-starred in episodes of The Muppet Show, The Cosby Show[49] and in the 1980s revival of New Twilight Zone. In many films, as well as on stage, Kaye proved to be an able actor, singer, dancer and comedian. He showed his serious side as Ambassador for UNICEF
and in his dramatic role in the memorable TV film Skokie, when he played a Holocaust
survivor.[45] Before his death in 1987 Kaye conducted an orchestra during a comical series of concerts organized for UNICEF
fundraising. Kaye received two Academy Awards: an Academy Honorary Award in 1955 and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
in 1982. That year he received the Screen Actors Guild
Screen Actors Guild
Annual Award.[17] In 1980 Kaye hosted and sang in the 25th Anniversary of Disneyland celebration and hosted the opening celebration for Epcot
in 1982 (EPCOT Center at the time). Both were aired on prime time television in the US[citation needed] Career in music[edit] Kaye was enamored of music. While he claimed an inability to read music, he was said to have perfect pitch. A flamboyant performer with his own distinctive style, "easily adapting from outrageous novelty songs to tender ballads" (according to critic Jason Ankeny), in 1945 Kaye began hosting his own CBS radio program, launching a number of hit songs including "Dinah" and "Minnie the Moocher".[50] In 1947 Kaye teamed with the popular Andrews Sisters
Andrews Sisters
(Patty, Maxene, and LaVerne) on Decca Records, producing the number-three Billboard hit "Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo)". The success of the pairing prompted both acts to record through 1950, producing rhythmically comical fare as "The Woody Woodpecker Song" (based on the bird from the Walter Lantz
Walter Lantz
cartoons and a Billboard hit for the quartet), "Put 'em in a Box, Tie 'em with a Ribbon (And Throw 'em in the Deep Blue Sea)", "The Big Brass Band from Brazil", "It's a Quiet Town (In Crossbone County)", "Amelia Cordelia McHugh (Mc Who?)", "Ching-a-ra-sa-sa" and a duet by Danny and Patty Andrews of "Orange Colored Sky". The acts teamed for two yuletide favorites: a frantic, harmonic rendition of "A Merry Christmas at Grandmother's House (Over the River and Through the Woods)" and a duet by Danny & Patty, "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth".[39] Kaye's debut album Columbia Presents Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
had been released in 1942 by Columbia Records with songs performed to the accompaniment of Maurice Abravanel and Johnny Green. The album was reissued as a Columbia LP in 1949 and is described by the critic Bruce Eder as "a bit tamer than some of the stuff that Kaye hit with later in the '40s and in the '50s and, for reasons best understood by the public, doesn't attract nearly the interest of his kids' records and overt comedy routines."[51] 1950 saw the release of a Decca single "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts," his sole big U.S. chart hit.[50] His second Columbia LP album Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
Entertains (1953, Columbia), included six songs recorded in 1941 from his Broadway musical Lady in the Dark; most notably "Tchaikovsky".[52] Following the success of the film Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen
(1952), two of its songs written by Frank Loesser
Frank Loesser
and sung by Kaye, "The Ugly Duckling" and "Wonderful Copenhagen," reached the Top Five on the UK pop charts.[50] In 1953 Decca released Danny at the Palace, a live recording made at the New York Palace Theater,[53] followed by Knock On Wood (Decca, 1954) a set of songs from the movie of the same name sung by Kaye, accompanied by Victor Young
Victor Young
and His Singing Strings.[54]

Singer Nancy Wilson appearing on his show in 1965

In 1956 Kaye signed a three-year recording contract with Capitol Records that released his single "Love Me Do" in December of that year.[55] The B-side, "Ciu Ciu Bella," lyrics written by Sylvia Fine, was inspired by an episode in Rome when Kaye, on a mission for UNICEF, befriended a 7-year-old polio victim in a children's hospital, who sang this song for him in Italian.[56] In 1958 Saul Chaplin and Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer
wrote songs for Merry Andrew, a film starring Kaye as a British teacher attracted to the circus. The score added up to six numbers, all sung by Kaye; conductor Billy May's 1950 composition "Bozo's Circus Band" (renamed "Music of the Big Top Circus Band") was deposited on the second side of the Merry Andrew soundtrack, released in 1958.[57] A year later another soundtrack came out, The Five Pennies
The Five Pennies
(Kaye starred there as 1920s cornet player Loring Red Nichols), featuring Louis Armstrong.[58] In the 1960s and 1970s Kaye regularly conducted world-famous orchestras, although he had to learn the scores by ear.[59] Kaye's style, even if accompanied by unpredictable antics (he once traded the baton for a fly swatter to conduct "The Flight of the Bumblebee")[59] was praised by the likes of Zubin Mehta
Zubin Mehta
who once stated that Kaye "has a very efficient conducting style."[60] His ability with an orchestra was mentioned by Dimitri Mitropoulos, then conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. After Kaye's appearance Mitropoulos remarked, "Here is a man who is not musically trained, who cannot even read music and he gets more out of my orchestra than I have."[9] Kaye was invited to conduct symphonies as charity fundraisers[11][17] and was the conductor of the all-city marching band at the season opener of the Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Dodgers in 1984. Over his career he raised over US$5 million in support of musician pension funds.[60] Imitations[edit] Kaye was sufficiently popular to inspire imitations:

The 1946 Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
cartoon Book Revue had a sequence with Daffy Duck wearing a blond wig and impersonating Kaye.[61] Satirical songwriter Tom Lehrer's 1953 song "Lobachevsky" was based on a number that Kaye had done, about the Russian director Constantin Stanislavski, with the affected Russian accent. Lehrer mentioned Kaye in an opening monologue, citing him as an "idol since childbirth".[62] Superman
creators Jerry Siegel
Jerry Siegel
and Joe Shuster
Joe Shuster
fashioned a short-lived superhero title, Funnyman, taking inspiration from Kaye's persona.

Other endeavors[edit] Cooking[edit] In his later years, Kaye entertained at home as chef. He specialized in Chinese and Italian cooking.[17][63] He had a custom made Chinese restaurant installed at the rear of his house by its alley, then had a kitchen and dining area built around it.[63] The stove that Kaye used for his Chinese dishes was fitted with metal rings for the burners to allow the heat to be highly concentrated, and a trough with circulating ice water cooled the area to keep the intense heat tolerable for those who were cooking.[64] He learned "at Johnny Kan's restaurant in San Francisco and with Cecilia Chang at her Mandarin restaurants in San Francisco and Los Angeles."[63] He taught Chinese cooking classes at a San Francisco Chinese restaurant in the 1970s.[65] The theater and demonstration kitchen under the library at the Hyde Park, New York campus of the Culinary Institute of America
Culinary Institute of America
is named for him.[66] Kaye referred to his kitchen as "Ying's Thing." While filming The Madwoman of Chaillot in France, he phoned home to ask his family if they would like to eat at Ying's Thing that evening; Kaye flew home for dinner.[13] Not all of his efforts in the kitchen went well. After flying to San Francisco for a recipe for sourdough bread, he came home and spent hours preparing loaves. When his daughter asked about the bread, Kaye hit the bread on the kitchen table; his bread was hard enough to chip it.[13] Kaye approached kitchen work with enthusiasm, making sausages and other foods needed for his cuisine.[64][67] His work as a chef earned him the "Les Meilleurs Ouvriers de France" culinary award. Kaye is the only nonprofessional chef to have received this honor.[9] Flying[edit] Kaye was an aviation enthusiast and pilot. He became interested in getting a pilot's license in 1959. An enthusiastic and accomplished golfer, he gave up golf in favor of flying.[68] The first plane Kaye owned was a Piper Aztec.[69][70] Kaye received his first license as a private pilot of multi-engine aircraft, not being certified for operating a single-engine plane until six years later.[69] He was an accomplished pilot, rated for airplanes ranging from single-engine light aircraft to multi-engine jets.[17] Kaye held a commercial pilot's license and had flown every type of aircraft except military planes.[9][69][71] Kaye received a type rating in a Learjet, and he was named vice president of the Learjet
company by Bill Lear
Bill Lear
as an honorary title (he had no line responsibility at the company).[72] He supported many flying projects. In 1968 he was honorary chairman of the Las Vegas International Exposition of Flight, a show that utilized many facets of the city's entertainment industry while presenting an air show. The operational show chairman was well-known aviation figure Lynn Garrison. Kaye flew a Learjet
to 65 cities in five days on a mission to help UNICEF.[9][72] Business ventures[edit] In 1958 Kaye and partner Lester Smith formed Kaye–Smith Enterprises. The company owned a chain of radio stations, mostly in the Pacific Northwest. Other Kaye–Smith divisions included a concert promotion company, a video production company, and a recording studio. Kaye sold his share of the company to the Smith family in 1985.[73] Baseball[edit] A lifelong fan of the Brooklyn/ Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Dodgers, Kaye recorded a song called "The D-O-D-G-E-R-S Song (Oh really? No, O'Malley!)," describing a fictitious encounter with the San Francisco Giants, a hit during the real-life pennant chase of 1962. That song is included on Baseball's Greatest Hits
Baseball's Greatest Hits
compact discs. A good friend of Leo Durocher, he often traveled with the team.[12] He also possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of the game.[17] Kaye and business partner Lester Smith formed in 1958 Kaye-Smith Enterprises which owned and operated radio stations primarily in the Pacific Northwest.[74] Both led an investment group which was awarded the American League's thirteenth franchise which became the Seattle Mariners for $6.2 million US on February 7, 1976.[75][76] The ownership percentages of Kaye, Smith and two other remaining original investors were reduced to five percent each when George Argyros purchased 80 percent of the Mariners for $10.4 million on January 30, 1981.[77] Kaye sold all of his business interests to Smith's family in 1985.[74] Medicine[edit] Kaye was an honorary member of the American College of Surgeons
American College of Surgeons
and the American Academy of Pediatrics.[17] Charity[edit]

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Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
on a promotion tour for UNICEF
in the Netherlands, 1955

Working alongside UNICEF's Halloween fundraiser founder, Ward Simon Kimball Jr., the actor educated the public on impoverished children in deplorable living conditions overseas and assisted in the distribution of donated goods and funds. His involvement with UNICEF
came about in an unusual way. Kaye was flying home from London in 1949 when one of the plane's four engines lost its propeller and caught fire. The problem was initially thought serious enough that it might make an ocean landing; life jackets and liferafts were made ready.[citation needed] The plane was able to head back over 500 miles to land at Shannon Airport, Ireland. On the way back to Shannon, the head of the Children's Fund, Maurice Pate, had the seat next to Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
and spoke at length about the need for recognition for the fund. Their discussion continued on the flight from Shannon to New York; it was the beginning of the actor's long association with UNICEF.[4][78][79] "For all of his success as a performer...his greatest legacy remains his tireless humanitarian work—so close were his ties to the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) that when the organization received the Nobel Peace Prize, Kaye was tapped to accept it," according to music critic Jason Ankeny.[50] Death[edit] Kaye died of heart failure on March 3, 1987, aged 76, brought on by internal bleeding and complications of hepatitis C.[80] Kaye had quadruple bypass heart surgery in February 1983; he contracted hepatitis C from a blood transfusion.[17][49] Legacy[edit] He was survived by his wife and their daughter.[81] His ashes are interred in Kensico Cemetery
Kensico Cemetery
in Valhalla, New York.[82] His grave is adorned with a bench that contains friezes of a baseball and bat, an aircraft, a piano, a flower pot, musical notes, and a chef's toque. His name and birth and death dates are inscribed on the toque.[83] The United Nations
United Nations
held a memorial tribute to him at their New York headquarters on the evening of October 21, 1987.[84][85] Personal life[edit]

Sylvia and Danny Kaye, 1945

Kaye and Sylvia Fine
Sylvia Fine
grew up in Brooklyn, living a few blocks apart, but they did not meet until they were working on an off-Broadway show in 1939.[86] Sylvia was an audition pianist.[11][30][87] Sylvia discovered that Danny had worked for her father Samuel Fine, a dentist.[12] Kaye, working in Florida, proposed on the telephone; the couple were married in Fort Lauderdale[88] on January 3, 1940.[81][89] The couple's only child, daughter Dena, was born on December 17, 1946.[16][90] When she was very young, Dena did not like seeing her father perform because she did not understand that people were supposed to laugh at what he did.[91] Kaye said in a 1954 interview, "Whatever she wants to be she will be without interference from her mother nor from me."[10][67] Dena grew up to become a journalist.[92] On 18 January 2013, during a 24-hour salute to Kaye on Turner Classic Movies in celebration of what TCM thought was his 100th birthday, Kaye's daughter Dena revealed to TCM host Ben Mankiewicz that Kaye's stated birth year of 1913 was incorrect, and that he was actually born in 1911.[citation needed]

Kaye in 1986 by Allan Warren


Kaye was knighted by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
Margrethe II of Denmark
on November 10, 1983. He was awarded the cross of the Knight of the Dannebrog, 1st Class, for his work with UNICEF
and longstanding ties with Denmark. Kaye portrayed Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen
in the 1952 film of the same name.[93] Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor
Legion of Honor
on February 24, 1986, for his work for UNICEF.[1] On June 23, 1987, Kaye was posthumously presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom
Presidential Medal of Freedom
by President Ronald Reagan. The award was received by his daughter Dena.[94][95] UNICEF
created the Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
International Children's Award in his honor, a children's European singing competition shown every year between 1988 and 1992 hosted by Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
and Roger Moore.[citation needed]

Awards and other recognition[edit]

Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy in 1951, for On the Riviera Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy in 1958, for Me and the Colonel Lions Clubs International
Lions Clubs International
The first recipient of the Lions Clubs International Foundation's Humanitarian Award. (1973–74) [96] Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
(1981) Asteroid 6546 Kaye Three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; for his work in music, radio, and films[97] Kennedy Center Honor
Kennedy Center Honor
(1984) Grand Marshal of the Tournament of Roses Parade
Tournament of Roses Parade
(1984) The song "I Wish I Was Danny Kaye" on Miracle Legion's 1996 album Portrait of a Damaged Family UNICEF's New York Visitor's Centre is named to honor Danny Kaye.[98] In December 1996, the PBS series American Masters
American Masters
aired a special on Kaye's life.[99][100] A street in the San Antonio, Texas, neighborhood Oak Hills Terrace (located in the city's northwest) is named after Danny Kaye.[101] The neighborhood was established in the late 1960s.[102] The careers of Kaye and Fine are immortalized in The Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
and Sylvia Fine
Sylvia Fine
Collection at the Library of Congress. The materials preserved in the collection include manuscripts, scores, scripts, photographs, sound recordings, and video clips.[103] On June 9, 1986, Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
was crowned King of Brooklyn
at the Back to Brooklyn
Day Festival. Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
was there to accept his crown.[104]

Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Title Year Role Director Co-stars Filmed in

Dime a Dance[105] 1937 Eddie Al Christie Imogene Coca, June Allyson Black and white

Getting an Eyeful[106] 1938 Russian Al Christie Charles Kemper, Sally Starr Black and white

Cupid Takes a Holiday[107] 1938 Nikolai Nikolaevich (bride-seeker) William Watson Douglas Leavitt, Estelle Jayne Black and white

Money on Your Life"[108] 1938 Russian William Watson Charles Kemper, Sally Starr Black and white

Up in Arms 1944 Danny Weems Elliott Nugent Dinah Shore, Dana Andrews Technicolor

I Am an American[109] 1944 Himself Crane Wilbur Humphrey Bogart, Gary Gray, Dick Haymes, Joan Leslie, Dennis Morgan, Knute Rockne, Jay Silverheels Black and white

Wonder Man 1945 Edwin Dingle/Buzzy Bellew H. Bruce Humberstone Virginia Mayo, Vera-Ellen, Steve Cochran Technicolor

The Kid from Brooklyn 1946 Burleigh Hubert Sullivan Norman Z. McLeod Virginia Mayo, Vera-Ellen, Steve Cochran, Eve Arden Technicolor

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 1947 Walter Mitty Norman Z. McLeod Virginia Mayo, Boris Karloff, Fay Bainter, Ann Rutherford Technicolor

A Song Is Born 1948 Professor Hobart Frisbee Howard Hawks Virginia Mayo, Benny Goodman, Hugh Herbert, Steve Cochran Technicolor

It's a Great Feeling 1949 Himself David Butler Dennis Morgan, Doris Day, Jack Carson Technicolor

The Inspector General 1949 Georgi Henry Koster Walter Slezak, Barbara Bates, Elsa Lanchester, Gene Lockhart Technicolor

On the Riviera 1951 Jack Martin/Henri Duran Walter Lang Gene Tierney, Corinne Calvet Technicolor

Hans Christian Andersen 1952 Hans Christian Andersen Charles Vidor Farley Granger, Zizi Jeanmaire Technicolor

Knock on Wood 1954 Jerry Morgan/Papa Morgan Norman Panama Melvin Frank Mai Zetterling, Torin Thatcher Technicolor

White Christmas 1954 Phil Davis Michael Curtiz Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger VistaVision Technicolor

The Court Jester 1956 Hubert Hawkins Norman Panama Melvin Frank Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury VistaVision Technicolor

Merry Andrew 1958 Andrew Larabee Michael Kidd Salvatore Baccaloni, Pier Angeli CinemaScope Metrocolor

Me and the Colonel 1958 Samuel L. Jacobowsky Peter Glenville Curt Jürgens, Nicole Maurey, Françoise Rosay, Akim Tamiroff Black and white

The Five Pennies 1959 Red Nichols Melville Shavelson Barbara Bel Geddes, Louis Armstrong, Tuesday Weld VistaVision Technicolor

On the Double 1961 Private First Class Ernie Williams/General Sir Lawrence MacKenzie-Smith Melville Shavelson Dana Wynter, Margaret Rutherford, Diana Dors Panavision Technicolor

The Man from the Diner's Club 1963 Ernest Klenk Frank Tashlin Cara Williams, Martha Hyer Black and white

The Madwoman of Chaillot 1969 The Ragpicker Bryan Forbes Katharine Hepburn, Charles Boyer Technicolor


Autumn Laughter (1938) (experimental telecast) The Secret Life of Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
(1956) ( See It Now special) An Hour With Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
(1960 and 1961) (specials) The Danny Kaye Show
The Danny Kaye Show
with Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
(1962) (special) The Danny Kaye Show
The Danny Kaye Show
(1963–1967) (series) The Lucy Show: "Lucy Meets Danny Kaye" (1964) (guest appearance) Here Comes Peter Cottontail
Here Comes Peter Cottontail
(1971) (voice) The Dick Cavett Show
The Dick Cavett Show
(1971) (interview guest) The Enchanted World of Danny Kaye: The Emperor's New Clothes (1972) (special) An Evening with John Denver (1975) (special) Pinocchio (1976) (CBS special); live action television musical adaptation starring Kaye as Gepetto and Sandy Duncan
Sandy Duncan
in the title role Peter Pan (1976) (NBC special); live action television musical adaptation starring Mia Farrow
Mia Farrow
in the title role, and Kaye as Captain Hook The Muppet Show
The Muppet Show
(1978) (guest appearance) Disneyland's 25th Anniversary (1980) (special guest appearance) An Evening with Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
(1981) (special) Skokie (1981) (television movie) "The Wonderful World of Disney" Official Opening of Epcot
Center television special (1982) (host and conductor) The Twilight Zone: "Paladin of the Lost Hour" (1985) (guest appearance) The Cosby Show: "The Dentist" (1986) (guest appearance)

Stage work[edit]

The Straw Hat Revue (1939) Lady in the Dark
Lady in the Dark
(1941) Let's Face It!
Let's Face It!
(1941) Two by Two (1970)

Selected discography[edit] Studio albums[edit]

Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
(Decca, 1949) Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
Entertains (Columbia, 1950) The Five Pennies
The Five Pennies
(with Louis Armstrong, London, 1959) Mommy, Gimme a Drinka Water (Orchestration by Gordon Jenkins) (Capitol, 1959)


Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen
(1952) Knock On Wood (Decca, 1954) Court Jester (Brunswick, 1956) Merry Andrew (1958)

Spoken word[edit]

Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
for Children (Coral, 1959) Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
tells 6 stories from faraway places (Golden, 1960)


Selections From Irving Berlin's White Christmas (1954) Two By Two (Columbia, 1970)


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External links[edit]

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on IMDb Royal Engineers Museum, remuseum.org.uk; accessed June 4, 2017. Literature on Danny Kaye, virtual-history.com; accessed June 4, 2017. Eric Pace (March 4, 1987). "Danny Kaye, Limber-limbed Commedian, Dies". The New York Times.  "Danny Kaye". Find a Grave. Retrieved March 24, 2014.  FBI
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The Danny Kaye Show
The Danny Kaye Show
on radio at Internet Archive The Danny Kaye Show
The Danny Kaye Show
more radio episodes at Internet Archive The Danny Kaye Show
The Danny Kaye Show
on Outlaws Old Time Radio Corner


The Inspector General for iPod at Internet Archive The Inspector General at Internet Archive Interview with daughter Dena Kaye – The Spectrum, January 2016.

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Academy Honorary Award


Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
/ Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
(1928) Walt Disney
Walt Disney
(1932) Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple
(1934) D. W. Griffith
D. W. Griffith
(1935) The March of Time
The March of Time
/ W. Howard Greene and Harold Rosson (1936) Edgar Bergen
Edgar Bergen
/ W. Howard Greene / Museum of Modern Art
Museum of Modern Art
Film Library / Mack Sennett
Mack Sennett
(1937) J. Arthur Ball / Walt Disney
Walt Disney
/ Deanna Durbin
Deanna Durbin
and Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
/ Gordon Jennings, Jan Domela, Devereaux Jennings, Irmin Roberts, Art Smith, Farciot Edouart, Loyal Griggs, Loren L. Ryder, Harry D. Mills, Louis Mesenkop, Walter Oberst / Oliver T. Marsh and Allen Davey / Harry Warner
Harry Warner
(1938) Douglas Fairbanks
Douglas Fairbanks
/ Judy Garland
Judy Garland
/ William Cameron Menzies / Motion Picture Relief Fund (Jean Hersholt, Ralph Morgan, Ralph Block, Conrad Nagel)/ Technicolor
Company (1939) Bob Hope
Bob Hope
/ Nathan Levinson (1940) Walt Disney, William Garity, John N. A. Hawkins, and the RCA Manufacturing Company / Leopold Stokowski
Leopold Stokowski
and his associates / Rey Scott / British Ministry of Information (1941) Charles Boyer
Charles Boyer
/ Noël Coward
Noël Coward
/ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
(1942) George Pal
George Pal
(1943) Bob Hope
Bob Hope
/ Margaret O'Brien
Margaret O'Brien
(1944) Republic Studio, Daniel J. Bloomberg, and the Republic Studio Sound Department / Walter Wanger
Walter Wanger
/ The House I Live In / Peggy Ann Garner (1945) Harold Russell
Harold Russell
/ Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
/ Ernst Lubitsch
Ernst Lubitsch
/ Claude Jarman Jr. (1946) James Baskett
James Baskett
/ Thomas Armat, William Nicholas Selig, Albert E. Smith, and George Kirke Spoor
George Kirke Spoor
/ Bill and Coo / Shoeshine (1947) Walter Wanger
Walter Wanger
/ Monsieur Vincent
Monsieur Vincent
/ Sid Grauman
Sid Grauman
/ Adolph Zukor
Adolph Zukor
(1948) Jean Hersholt
Jean Hersholt
/ Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
/ Cecil B. DeMille
Cecil B. DeMille
/ The Bicycle Thief (1949) Louis B. Mayer
Louis B. Mayer
/ George Murphy
George Murphy
/ The Walls of Malapaga (1950)


Gene Kelly
Gene Kelly
/ Rashomon
(1951) Merian C. Cooper
Merian C. Cooper
/ Bob Hope
Bob Hope
/ Harold Lloyd
Harold Lloyd
/ George Mitchell / Joseph M. Schenck / Forbidden Games
Forbidden Games
(1952) 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation / Bell & Howell Company / Joseph Breen / Pete Smith (1953) Bausch & Lomb Optical Company / Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
/ Kemp Niver / Greta Garbo / Jon Whiteley
Jon Whiteley
/ Vincent Winter / Gate of Hell (1954) Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1955) Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
(1956) Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
/ Gilbert M. "Broncho Billy" Anderson / Charles Brackett / B. B. Kahane (1957) Maurice Chevalier
Maurice Chevalier
(1958) Buster Keaton
Buster Keaton
/ Lee de Forest
Lee de Forest
(1959) Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
/ Stan Laurel
Stan Laurel
/ Hayley Mills
Hayley Mills
(1960) William L. Hendricks / Fred L. Metzler / Jerome Robbins
Jerome Robbins
(1961) William J. Tuttle
William J. Tuttle
(1964) Bob Hope
Bob Hope
(1965) Yakima Canutt
Yakima Canutt
/ Y. Frank Freeman
Y. Frank Freeman
(1966) Arthur Freed (1967) John Chambers / Onna White (1968) Cary Grant
Cary Grant
(1969) Lillian Gish
Lillian Gish
/ Orson Welles
Orson Welles
(1970) Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
(1971) Charles S. Boren / Edward G. Robinson
Edward G. Robinson
(1972) Henri Langlois
Henri Langlois
/ Groucho Marx
Groucho Marx
(1973) Howard Hawks
Howard Hawks
/ Jean Renoir
Jean Renoir
(1974) Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford


Margaret Booth (1977) Walter Lantz
Walter Lantz
/ Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
/ King Vidor
King Vidor
/ Museum of Modern Art Department of Film (1978) Hal Elias / Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1979) Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
(1980) Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
(1981) Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
(1982) Hal Roach
Hal Roach
(1983) James Stewart
James Stewart
/ National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
(1984) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
/ Alex North (1985) Ralph Bellamy
Ralph Bellamy
(1986) Eastman Kodak
Company / National Film Board of Canada
National Film Board of Canada
(1988) Akira Kurosawa
Akira Kurosawa
(1989) Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
/ Myrna Loy
Myrna Loy
(1990) Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray
(1991) Federico Fellini
Federico Fellini
(1992) Deborah Kerr
Deborah Kerr
(1993) Michelangelo Antonioni
Michelangelo Antonioni
(1994) Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
/ Chuck Jones
Chuck Jones
(1995) Michael Kidd
Michael Kidd
(1996) Stanley Donen
Stanley Donen
(1997) Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan
(1998) Andrzej Wajda
Andrzej Wajda
(1999) Jack Cardiff
Jack Cardiff
/ Ernest Lehman (2000)


Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
/ Robert Redford
Robert Redford
(2001) Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(2002) Blake Edwards
Blake Edwards
(2003) Sidney Lumet
Sidney Lumet
(2004) Robert Altman
Robert Altman
(2005) Ennio Morricone
Ennio Morricone
(2006) Robert F. Boyle (2007) Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall
/ Roger Corman
Roger Corman
/ Gordon Willis
Gordon Willis
(2009) Kevin Brownlow / Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard
/ Eli Wallach
Eli Wallach
(2010) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
/ Dick Smith (2011) D. A. Pennebaker
D. A. Pennebaker
/ Hal Needham
Hal Needham
/ George Stevens Jr.
George Stevens Jr.
(2012) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
/ Steve Martin
Steve Martin
/ Piero Tosi (2013) Jean-Claude Carrière
Jean-Claude Carrière
/ Hayao Miyazaki
Hayao Miyazaki
/ Maureen O'Hara
Maureen O'Hara
(2014) Spike Lee
Spike Lee
/ Gena Rowlands
Gena Rowlands
(2015) Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan
/ Lynn Stalmaster / Anne V. Coates / Frederick Wiseman (2016) Charles Burnett / Owen Roizman / Donald Sutherland
Donald Sutherland
/ Agnès Varda (2017)

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Jean Hersholt
Jean Hersholt
Humanitarian Award

Y. Frank Freeman (1956) Samuel Goldwyn (1957) Bob Hope (1959) Sol Lesser (1960) George Seaton (1961) Steve Broidy (1962) Edmond L. DePatie (1965) George Bagnall (1966) Gregory Peck (1967) Martha Raye (1968) George Jessel (1969) Frank Sinatra (1970) Rosalind Russell (1972) Lew Wasserman (1973) Arthur B. Krim (1974) Jules C. Stein (1975) Charlton Heston (1977) Leo Jaffe (1978) Robert Benjamin (1979) Danny Kaye (1981) Walter Mirisch (1982) M. J. Frankovich (1983) David L. Wolper (1984) Charles "Buddy" Rogers (1985) Howard W. Koch (1989) Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
/ Elizabeth Taylor (1992) Paul Newman (1993) Quincy Jones (1994) Arthur Hiller (2001) Roger Mayer (2005) Sherry Lansing (2007) Jerry Lewis (2009) Oprah Winfrey (2011) Jeffrey Katzenberg (2012) Angelina Jolie (2013) Harry Belafonte (2014) Debbie Reynolds (2015)

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Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy


Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1950) Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
(1951) Donald O'Connor
Donald O'Connor
(1952) David Niven
David Niven
(1953) James Mason
James Mason
(1954) Tom Ewell
Tom Ewell
(1955) Mario Moreno (1956) Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1957) Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
(1958) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1959) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1960) Glenn Ford
Glenn Ford
(1961) Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni
(1962) Alberto Sordi
Alberto Sordi
(1963) Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
(1964) Lee Marvin
Lee Marvin
(1965) Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin
(1966) Richard Harris
Richard Harris
(1967) Ron Moody
Ron Moody
(1968) Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(1969) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(1970) Chaim Topol
Chaim Topol
(1971) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1972) George Segal
George Segal
(1973) Art Carney
Art Carney
(1974) Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
/ George Burns
George Burns


Kris Kristofferson
Kris Kristofferson
(1976) Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss
(1977) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(1978) Peter Sellers
Peter Sellers
(1979) Ray Sharkey
Ray Sharkey
(1980) Dudley Moore
Dudley Moore
(1981) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1982) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(1983) Dudley Moore
Dudley Moore
(1984) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1985) Paul Hogan
Paul Hogan
(1986) Robin Williams
Robin Williams
(1987) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(1988) Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(1989) Gérard Depardieu
Gérard Depardieu
(1990) Robin Williams
Robin Williams
(1991) Tim Robbins
Tim Robbins
(1992) Robin Williams
Robin Williams
(1993) Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant
(1994) John Travolta
John Travolta
(1995) Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
(1996) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1997) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(1998) Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey
(1999) George Clooney
George Clooney


Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(2001) Richard Gere
Richard Gere
(2002) Bill Murray
Bill Murray
(2003) Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx
(2004) Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix
(2005) Sacha Baron Cohen
Sacha Baron Cohen
(2006) Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp
(2007) Colin Farrell
Colin Farrell
(2008) Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr.
(2009) Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti
(2010) Jean Dujardin
Jean Dujardin
(2011) Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
(2012) Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
(2013) Michael Keaton
Michael Keaton
(2014) Matt Damon
Matt Damon
(2015) Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling
(2016) James Franco
James Franco

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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program

Perry Como
Perry Como
/ Dinah Shore
Dinah Shore
(1959) Harry Belafonte
Harry Belafonte
(1960) Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1961) Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett
(1962) Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett
(1963) Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
(1964) Art Carney
Art Carney
(1967) Art Carney
Art Carney
/ Pat Paulsen
Pat Paulsen
(1968) Arte Johnson
Arte Johnson
/ Harvey Korman
Harvey Korman
(1969) Harvey Korman
Harvey Korman
(1971) Harvey Korman
Harvey Korman
(1972) Tim Conway
Tim Conway
(1973) Harvey Korman
Harvey Korman
/ Brenda Vaccaro
Brenda Vaccaro
(1974) Jack Albertson
Jack Albertson
/ Cloris Leachman
Cloris Leachman
(1975) Chevy Chase
Chevy Chase
/ Vicki Lawrence
Vicki Lawrence
(1976) Tim Conway
Tim Conway
/ Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno
(1977) Tim Conway
Tim Conway
/ Gilda Radner
Gilda Radner
(1978) Sarah Vaughan
Sarah Vaughan
(1981) Nell Carter
Nell Carter
/ André De Shields
André De Shields
(1982) Leontyne Price
Leontyne Price
(1983) Cloris Leachman
Cloris Leachman
(1984) George Hearn (1985) Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
(1986) Robin Williams
Robin Williams
(1987) Robin Williams
Robin Williams
(1988) Linda Ronstadt
Linda Ronstadt
(1989) Tracey Ullman
Tracey Ullman
(1990) Billy Crystal
Billy Crystal
(1991) Bette Midler
Bette Midler
(1992) Dana Carvey (1993) Tracey Ullman
Tracey Ullman
(1994) Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(1995) Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
(1996) Bette Midler
Bette Midler
(1997) Billy Crystal
Billy Crystal
(1998) John Leguizamo
John Leguizamo
(1999) Eddie Izzard
Eddie Izzard
(2000) Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(2001) Sting (2002) Wayne Brady
Wayne Brady
(2003) Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritch
(2004) Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
(2005) Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow
(2006) Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
(2007) Don Rickles
Don Rickles

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Principal owners of the Seattle Mariners
Seattle Mariners

Danny Kaye George Argyros Jeff Smulyan Hiroshi Yamauchi Nintendo
of America (represented by CEO Howard Lincoln) John Stanton

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Kennedy Center Honorees (1980s)


Leonard Bernstein James Cagney Agnes de Mille Lynn Fontanne Leontyne Price


Count Basie Cary Grant Helen Hayes Jerome Robbins Rudolf Serkin


George Abbott Lillian Gish Benny Goodman Gene Kelly Eugene Ormandy


Katherine Dunham Elia Kazan Frank Sinatra James Stewart Virgil Thomson


Lena Horne Danny Kaye Gian Carlo Menotti Arthur Miller Isaac Stern


Merce Cunningham Irene Dunne Bob Hope Alan Jay Lerner
Alan Jay Lerner
& Frederick Loewe Beverly Sills


Lucille Ball Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
& Jessica Tandy Yehudi Menuhin Antony Tudor Ray Charles


Perry Como Bette Davis Sammy Davis Jr. Nathan Milstein Alwin Nikolais


Alvin Ailey George Burns Myrna Loy Alexander Schneider Roger L. Stevens


Harry Belafonte Claudette Colbert Alexandra Danilova Mary Martin William Schuman

Complete list 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s

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Screen Actors Guild
Screen Actors Guild
Life Achievement Award

1962: Eddie Cantor 1963: Stan Laurel 1965: Bob Hope 1966: Barbara Stanwyck 1967: William Gargan 1968: James Stewart 1969: Edward G. Robinson 1970: Gregory Peck 1971: Charlton Heston 1972: Frank Sinatra 1973: Martha Raye 1974: Walter Pidgeon 1975: Rosalind Russell 1976: Pearl Bailey 1977: James Cagney 1978: Edgar Bergen 1979: Katharine Hepburn 1980: Leon Ames 1982: Danny Kaye 1983: Ralph Bellamy 1984: Iggie Wolfington 1985: Paul Newman
Paul Newman
and Joanne Woodward 1986: Nanette Fabray 1987: Red Skelton 1988: Gene Kelly 1989: Jack Lemmon 1990: Brock Peters 1991: Burt Lancaster 1992: Audrey Hepburn 1993: Ricardo Montalbán 1994: George Burns 1995: Robert Redford 1996: Angela Lansbury 1997: Elizabeth Taylor 1998: Kirk Douglas 1999: Sidney Poitier 2000: Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
and Ruby Dee 2001: Ed Asner 2002: Clint Eastwood 2003: Karl Malden 2004: James Garner 2005: Shirley Temple 2006: Julie Andrews 2007: Charles Durning 2008: James Earl Jones 2009: Betty White 2010: Ernest Borgnine 2011: Mary Tyler Moore 2012: Dick Van Dyke 2013: Rita Moreno 2014: Debbie Reynolds 2015: Carol Burnett 2016: Lily Tomlin 2017: Morgan Freeman

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