Jimmy Durante

  • Birth Name: James Francis Durante
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Died: January 29, 1980
  • Profession: Actor, Singer, Songwriter
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Fast Facts

  • Raspy-voiced singer whose trademark song was "Inka-Dinka-Doo."
  • Nicknamed "Schnozzola" and "The Schnozz" because of his large nose; the nose was also referenced in the Cole Porter song "You're the Top" in the line "you're the nose on the great Durante."
  • Owned a nightclub called Club Durant in the 1920s that was shut down because of Prohibition.
  • Trademark closing line was "And goodnight Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are."

Awards

  • 1952, Emmy — Best Comedian or Comedienne: Nominee
  • 1950, Peabody — Personal Award: Winner
  • 1953, Emmy — Most Outstanding Personality: Nominee
  • 1953, Emmy — Best Comedian: Winner
  • 1963, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee

Relationships

  • Maud Jeanne Olson — Wife (deceased)
  • Rosa Durante — Mother
  • Marjorie Little — Wife
  • Cecelia Alicia Durante — Daughter
  • Bartolomeo Durante — Father

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  • Birth Name: James Francis Durante
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Died: January 29, 1980
  • Profession: Actor, Singer, Songwriter