Danny Kaye facts for kids
Quick facts for kids
David Daniel Kaminsky
January 18, 1911
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||March 3, 1987
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Children||Dena Kaye (b. 1946)|
Danny Kaye (born David Daniel Kaminsky; January 18, 1911 – March 3, 1987) was an American actor, singer, dancer, comedian, musician, and philanthropist. His performances featured physical comedy, idiosyncratic pantomimes, and rapid-fire novelty songs.
Kaye starred in 17 movies, notably Wonder Man (1945), The Kid from Brooklyn (1946), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947), The Inspector General (1949), Hans Christian Andersen (1952), White Christmas (1954), and The Court Jester (1956).
His films were popular, especially his performances of patter songs and favorites such as "Inchworm" and "The Ugly Duckling." He was the first ambassador-at-large of UNICEF in 1954 and received the French Legion of Honour in 1986 for his years of work with the organization.
Images for kids
Kaye during his visit to Israel, 1956. Boris Carmi, Meitar collection, National Library of Israel
Singer Nancy Wilson appearing on his show in 1965
Kaye in 1986 by Allan Warren