Danny Kaye was a comedian, dancer, singer and actor in The Golden Age of Hollywood
. He specialized in physical comedy, pantomime and rapid-fire delivery of often nonsensical patter.
He was born David Daniel Kaminski on January 18, 1913, in Brooklyn, New York. He started his show business career in vaudeville
, branching out later into film, Broadway, radio and television, achieving considerable success in each medium. His variety show on CBS won four Emmys and a Peabody award. He is best remembered for his films, including The Court Jester
, Hans Christian Andersen
, The Inspector General
, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
and A Song Is Born
He died on March 3, 1987.
His career provides examples of: