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Kenny Baker (entertainer)

Kenny Baker (entertainer)
Baker in the trailer for Stage Door Canteen (1943)
Personal information
Birth nameKenneth Laurence Baker
Birth dateSeptember 30, 1912
Place of birthMonrovia, California
Date of deathAugust 10, 1985(age 72)
Death placeSolvang, California
OccupationFilm actor, singer

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Kenneth Laurence "Kenny" Baker (30 September 1912 - 10 August 1985) was an American singer/actor who first gained notice as the featured singer on radio's The Jack Benny Program during the 1930s.

At the height of his radio fame, and after leaving the Benny show in 1939 (succeeded by Dennis Day, whose tenor was similar to Baker's), he appeared in seventeen film musicals, including Mr. Dodd Takes the Air (1937), At the Circus (1939), and The Harvey Girls (1946).

Baker later co-starred with Mary Martin in the original Broadway production of Kurt Weill and Ogden Nash's One Touch of Venus (1943). He returned to radio as a regular performer on Fred Allen's Texaco Star Theater program (1940 1942).

Baker also recorded a number of record albums of hymns for his church. After retiring from performing in the early 1950s, he became a Christian Science practitioner and motivational speaker.

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