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Danny Kaye

Danny Kaye
Personal information
Birth nameDavid Daniel Kaminsky
Birth dateJanuary 18, 1913
Place of birthBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
Date of deathMarch 3, 1987(age 74)
Death placeLos Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, singer, comedian
Years active1935 1986
SpouseSylvia Fine (1940-1987) (his death) 1 child

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Danny Kaye (born David Daniel Kaminsky; January 18, 1913 - March 3, 1987) was a celebrated American actor, singer, dancer, and comedian. His best known performances featured physical comedy, idiosyncratic pantomimes, and rapid-fire nonsense songs.

Kaye starred in 17 movies, notably The Kid from Brooklyn (1946), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947), The Inspector General (1949), Hans Christian Andersen (1952), and - perhaps his most accomplished performance - The Court Jester (1956). His films were extremely popular, especially his bravura performances of patter songs and children's favorites such as The Inch Worm and The Ugly Duckling. He was the first ambassador-at-large of UNICEF and received the French Legion of Honor in 1986 for his many years of work with the organization.

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