Danny Kaye

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Biography

  • Birth Name: David Daniel Kaminsky
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 01/18/1913, Capricorn
  • Date of Death: 03/03/1987
  • Profession: Actor; singer; dancer
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Danny Kaye Fast Facts:
  • Left school at 13 to work the Borscht Belt circuit in the Catskill Mountains.
  • Made his Broadway debut in the 1939 musical Straw Hat Revue.
  • First big-screen appearance was in the 1944 comedic musical Up in Arms.
  • Was one of the original owners of the Seattle Mariners baseball team.
  • When UNICEF received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1965, Kaye was selected to accept it due to his extensive support of the organization.
  • Performed in a wheelchair for several months during the run of Broadway musical Two by Two (1970-71) after breaking his leg.
  • Was an accomplished pilot, certified to fly jumbo jets.
  • Danny Kaye Relationships:
  • Jacob Kaminski - Father
  • Larry Kaminski - Brother
  • Sylvia Fine - Wife
  • Dena Kaye - Daughter
  • Clara Kaminski - Mother
  • Mack Kaminski - Brother
  • Danny Kaye Awards:
  • 1952 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Winner
  • 1965 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment - Nominee
  • 1957 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1959 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Winner
  • 1982 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Nominee
  • 1986 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1954 Oscar: Honorary Award - Winner
  • 1964 Emmy: Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program - Winner
  • 1981 Oscar: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award - Winner
  • 1953 Tony: Special Award - Winner
  • 1953 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1982 Emmy: Outstanding Classical Program in the Performing Arts - Nominee
  • 1982 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Life Achievement Award - Winner
  • 1963 Emmy: Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program - Nominee

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