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Jimmy Durante Biography

Birth Name:
James Francis Durante
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Actor, singer, songwriter

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
  • "


  • 1963Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1953Emmy-Best Comedian: winner
  • 1950Peabody-Personal Award: winner


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