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David Daniel Kaminsky, known as Danny Kaye (January 18, 1913 – March 3, 1987) was an American actor, singer and comedian.

Born to Jewish immigrants in Brooklyn, red-haired Kaye became one of the world’s best-known comedians. He learned his trade in his teen years as a tummler in the Catskills. In 1941 he appeared in the Broadway show, Lady in the Dark and performed the famous number “Tchaikovsky,” by Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin, in which he sang the names of a whole string of Russian composers at breakneck speed, seemingly without taking a breath.

According to The New York Times, when he appeared at the London Palladium music hall In 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.” Life magazine described his reception as “worshipful hysteria” and noted that the royal family, for the first time in history, left the royal box to see the show from the front row of the orchestra.

Kaye made his film debut in a 1935 comedy short subject, entitled Moon Over Manhattan. His feature film debut was Up in Arms (1944). He starred in several movies with actress Virginia Mayo in the 1940’s, and is well known for his roles in films such as The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947), The Inspector General (1949), White Christmas (1954), Knock on Wood (1954), The Court Jester (1956), and Merry Andrew (1958).

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  • SilvertoneRadio

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    20 Jan 3:21pm Reply
  • hjbardenhagen

    Probably many people know the 1955 Hollywood musical comedy The Court Jester with Danny Kaye trying to remember this line: "The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle; the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true!"

    22 Mar 2013 Reply
  • lost1in1death

    Fallout made this bastard and an entire genre of music relevant again. People discovering this guy and similar artists is a good thing. Anybody who says it's not is stupid.

    1 Sep 2012 Reply
  • MusicHallofFame

    The Music Hall of Fame are delighted to induct Danny Kaye into the Class of 1966. Congratulations. Please vist our page too see the latest inductees into the Music Hall of Fame

    27 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Apollyon_

    How dare someone find good music from an alternative source. Good music is good music wherever and whenever it's played surely?

    22 Oct 2011 Reply
  • eryqah

    Actually, there are other ways to discover artists than from video games. I have never discovered any artists, young or old, through video games, nor have my friends. I discovered Danny Kaye through his films from seeing them when I was a kid, especially White Christmas, and I really think it's a tad strange if any of you never have seen that film.

    21 Aug 2011 Reply
  • levitate85

    "Disgusting that so many people only know him from a videogame" - Fucking snob. The Fallout 3 soundtrack led the way for me to get into a whole slew of artists. How do you propose delve into genres they know next to nothing about? Psychic abilities? Get a clue, son.

    16 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Larintha

    Woody Woodpecker song <3

    5 Jun 2011 Reply
  • lasseniko

    LOVELY!!!! WONDERFUL! MAGNIFICENT!!!

    27 Mar 2011 Reply
  • HumbertoAmorim

    "Disgusting that so many people only know him from a videogame. -.-" - I " you are totally wrong... people gotta know the artist somehow, doesn't matter how it started, they are checking his page and other stuff like songs and musica aswell It's not because his song was featured at a video game that everyone who played it and enjoyed the artist has to be stupid, just my opinion though

    18 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Apollyon_

    The facet keeps on dripping, but I just can't sleep...

    18 Aug 2010 Reply
  • LondonLouis

    Don't know about what the games guys have been doing with him. However, I do remember this movie from my youth. Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen sticks in my memory, plus a rather sweet Ugly Duckling song. Of course, Danny was Walter Mitty in the film of that name.

    2 Aug 2010 Reply
  • clytie_hizashi

    Well, it's still depressing. But hardly surprising, considering.

    28 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Joyful_Blue

    Exactly, rather know him in one way or another than not to know him at all, surely?

    28 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Apollyon_

    Disgusting that so many people only know him from a videogame. -.-" - I think it'll lead more people to appreciate him and others. It's certainly show me a genre I would otherwise have dismissed.

    18 Jun 2010 Reply
  • clytie_hizashi

    Disgusting that so many people only know him from a videogame. -.-"

    14 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Badscaremonger

    He is Ukrainian man

    9 May 2010 Reply
  • TefaDevil

    Fallout 3 FTW! [2]

    16 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Sirimono

    i loved his movies when i was small and now i found out the extremely catchy song in fallout 3 is by him!! My childhood hero...

    20 Dec 2009 Reply
  • sterrio

    Lol he was in fallout 3. But his movies are sickness!

    8 Dec 2009 Reply
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