In many of his movies as well as on stage he proved to be an able actor, singer, dancer and comedian, often having his comedic talents showcased by special material written by his wife, Sylvia Fine Kaye. He showed quite a different and serious side as Ambassador for UNICEF, and in one of his few dramatic roles in the memorable TV-movie Skokie, in which he played a Holocaust survivor. Before he died in 1987 he also showed he could conduct an orchestra during a comical, but technically sound series of concerts organised for Unicef fundraising.
He starred in several movies with actress Virginia Mayo in the 1940's.
Kaye starred in two biopics, Hans Christian Andersen about the Danish story-teller, and The Five Pennies (1959), about jazz pioneer Red Nichols.
Kaye made his film debut in a very rare short comedy called Money On Your Life.
He also starred in The Paladin of the Lost Hour, an episode of the 1980s revival of The Twilight Zone.
He received two Academy awards, an honorary award in 1955 and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1982.
Danny Kaye is interred in the Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, New York.
Danny Kaye Facts
|Birth Name||David Daniel Kaminski|
|Birthday||January 18, 1913|
|Birthplace||Brooklyn, New York, USA|
|Date of death||March 3, 1987 (age 74)|
|Height||5' 11" (1m80) How tall is Danny Kaye compared to you?|
|Awards||1983 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Life Achievement Award|
|1959 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical (for Me and the Colonel)|
|1955 Academy Awards: Honorary Award|
|1952 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical (for On the Riviera)|
|The Inspector General|
|The Court Jester|
|The Secret Life of Walter Mitty|
|Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Original TV Classic|
|Hans Christian Andersen|