See the gallery. Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist. Sign In. Up this week. Danny Kaye left school at the age of 13 to work in the so-called Borscht Belt of Jewish resorts in the Catskill Mountains.
Inimitable, multi-talented entertainer Danny Kaye first gained fame on Broadway by upstaging the great Gertrude Lawrence in Lady in the Dark in with an unforgettable rendition of the "Tchaikovsky," in which he rapidly fired off the names of 54 Russian composers in 38 seconds. Born David Daniel Kaminski, a garment worker's son in Brooklyn, New York, Kaye left school at age 13 to work as a mischievous busboy in the popular "borscht belt" resorts of the Catskill Mountains. While endeavoring to break into vaudeville and nightclub acts as a singer and dancer, Kaye also occasionally worked as a soda jerk and an insurance salesman. Following the run of Lady in the Dark, he began making a series of educational films during the '30s.
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There were no burglar alarms or grated entries with codes, so the milkman from Adohr Farms Dairy came in without knocking to deliver milk in glass bottles. My parents rented the house in and bought it a year later from the director Lewis Milestone, whose well- known films included Mutiny on the Bounty and Of Mice and Men. I finally sold it in after they had both died, and my life was elsewhere. The house was designed in for Mrs. Fudger by Roland E. The siting of the house on the lot was unusual at the time. The informal architects, however, were my parents, who each made contributions that changed how we lived.
Danny Kaye, the puckish Brooklyn-reared comedian who sang, danced, mimicked, pantomimed and joked his way to Broadway and Hollywood fame, died of heart failure yesterday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was admitted Sunday suffering from internal bleeding and hepatitis, a spokesman for the center said. He was 74 years old and had lived for many years in Beverly Hills. Kaye was incredibly nimble, and he provoked laughter with his tongue-twisting rapid-fire patter, his comic orchestra-conducting and myriad other physical antics. Many admirers called him the greatest comedian of his time. President Reagan said yesterday that he ''could light up a room by just smiling,'' and had ''delighted millions with his special talent for making us laugh. Kaye's gaunt, grinning figure, with its manic eyes, red-blond hair and rubbery arms and legs - now floppy as a rag doll, now jerky as a crazed Cossack dancer - became known and loved around the world. His charm was astonishingly durable - and protean. Early in his career he worked in nightclubs, where his clowning helped dispel some of the gloom of the Depression era.