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No additional entertainer proved effective in as much areas as Eddie Cantor through the 1920s and ’30s. Nicknamed “Banjo Eye” and “the Apostle of Pep” for his limitless reserves of energy and showmanship (he’d literally jump round the stage while carrying out his favorite figures), he started his profession touring in vaudeville, was advertised to the even more legitimate theatre of Florenz Ziegfeld’s Follies, documented many strikes for Columbia, translated the achievement to film through the past due ’20s, became the largest radio star from the ’30s using the Run after & Sanborn Hour, and later on relocated to television aswell. Much like many stars of this period, Eddie Cantor was created into humble conditions on New York’s Decrease East Part. The child of Jewish immigrants from Russia, he was orphaned at age three and delivered to live along with his close by grandmother. While operating odd careers for local retailers, Cantor started performing and juggling within the streets for the money, and quickly relocated to skill contests early in his teenagers. His 1st professional place was on Gus Edwards’ vaudeville youngsters act, Child Kabaret, where he started doing the feeling of Eddie Leonard performing “Ida, Nice as Apple Cider” (he later on revived the typical continually like a tribute to his wife, Ida Tobias). Cantor started operating the vaudeville circuit, even though in LA, he caught the attention of songwriter Earl Carroll, who discovered employment for him along with his theatre display Canary Cottage. Cantor’s next thing up was a big one; Florenz Ziegfeld, probably one of the most essential stage producers in the us, convinced him another to NY to have a component in his Midnight Frolic (the dynamic Cantor even adopted his nightly overall performance having a vaudeville display somewhere else). After graduating to the favorite Ziegfeld Follies of 1917, Cantor quickly became probably one of the most effective actors in the united states, and his documenting of “That is the Sort of Baby for me personally” on Victor (through the Follies) became well-known past due in 1917. Cantor also made an appearance within the Follies of 1918 and 1919, and even though Ziegfeld abruptly terminated him in 1920 for his component within a strike with the Actor’s Collateral Association that compelled the closure of Broadway theaters, Cantor demonstrated that he didn’t want the producer to remain effective. Documenting for Emerson Information from 1920 to 1922, Cantor continued to be in the limelight with several well-known songs, including perhaps one of the most well-known of 1921, “Margie,” plus “Palesteena” and “Snoops, The Attorney.” He also starred in two productions by among Ziegeld’s main competitors, the Shuberts. All of this was more than enough for the unusually persistent Ziegfeld to employ him back again by 1923. Through the remaining Roaring Twenties, Cantor cemented his reputation, recording several strikes for Columbia Information (“No, No, Nora,” “IN THE EVENT THAT YOU Knew Susie,” “Makin’ Whoopee”), and showing up in his very own production, Kid Shoes or boots — modified into his initial silent picture by 1927 — as well as the Ziegfeld productions Follies of 1927 and Whoopee! Cantor was produced a millionaire from his shows (though mainly from Whoopee!), but he was almost ruined within the currency markets crash of 1929. (He recouped a lot of his income by authoring his encounters in the reserve Caught Brief.) Early within the ’30s, Cantor transferred into radio, and shortly became perhaps one of the most well-known radio stars from the 10 years. His movie job took off aswell: Cantor agreed upon a deal with Samuel Goldwyn to remake Whoopee! in 1930 (it had been the first within a type of early-’30s Cantor-Goldwyn teamings with show-stopping choreography by Busby Berkeley), and made an appearance in one or more film each year throughout the 10 years. Cantor also backed the war work vigorously, entertaining soldiers in European countries and developing the March of Dimes with Leader Franklin Roosevelt. He also offered as president from the Display screen Actors Guild as well as the American Federation of Radio Performers. Cantor’s changeover from radio to tv was briefly effective; he guest-hosted NBC’s Colgate Humor Hour, but experienced a coronary attack in 1952, exactly the same calendar year Hollywood created The Eddie Cantor Tale. Another coronary attack pressured him into pension, though he sometimes surfaced for visitor appearances. Cantor passed away in 1964 of the third coronary attack.

Quick Facts


Full Name Eddie Cantor
Date Of Birth January 31, 1892
Died October 10, 1964, Beverly Hills, California, United States
Height 1.72 m
Profession Author, Comedian, Film producer, Screenwriter, Singer-songwriter, Voice Actor, Dancer
Nationality American
Spouse Ida Cantor
Children Natalie Cantor Metzger, Marilyn Cantor Baker, Janet Cantor Gari, Marjorie Cantor, Edna Cantor McHugh
Parents Meta Iskowitz, Mechel Iskowitz
Awards Academy Honorary Award, Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award
Music Songs If You Knew Susie, Makin' Whoopee, Ma, You'd Be Surprised, No No Nora, Okay Toots, Keep Young and Beautiful, What a Perfect Combination, Doodle Doo Doo, Now's the Time Fall in Love, Oh! Boy, What a Girl, Cheer Up! Smile! Nertz!, That's the Kind of Baby For Me, My Wife Is on a Diet, Hungry Women, Merrily We Roll Along, Oh! Gee, Oh! Gosh, Oh! Golly I'm in Love, Yes Sir, That's My Baby, There's Nothing Too Good for My Baby, Build a Little Home, Palesteena, My Baby Just Cares for Me, Oh, Is She Dumb, My How the Time Goes, Oh, Gee, Georgie!, The Only Thing I Want for Christmas, I Faw Down an' Go Boom!, Snoops The Lawyer, Charley My Boy, He Loves It, Joe is Here, I'm Hungry for Beautiful Girls
Albums Carnegie Hall Concert, Musical Chapters of The Eddie Cantor Story : From the Original Soundtrack, Greetings from Coney Island : Durante and Cantor, Eddie Cantor, The Greatest Hits Collection, The Radio Songs Vol. 1 The 30's, Show Tunes of the 1920's Vol. 2, The Fabulous Eddie Cantor, His Best Recordings, Jazz Age Chronicles Vol. 5: The Song Hits Of 1925, Golden Oldies, The Masterpieces (Remastered), The Early Days (1917-1921), The Columbia Years: 1922-1940, The Best of Eddie Cantor, Makin' Whoopee With "Banjo Eyes", The Very Best Of Eddie Cantor, A Snowing December (Remastered), I've Found My Time (Remastered), The Roaring 20s Year-By-Year: 1920 to 1929, The Number One Hits of the Decade, Restoration Lab (Best Masterpieces), Classics by Eddie Cantor, Vinyl Vault Presents Eddie Cantor and Guy Mitchell, Eddie Cantor's Banjo, Looking Back....Eddie Cantor, The Lady Dances, The Very Best Of, Vinyl Vault Presents Eddie Fisher and Eddie Cantor, If You Knew Susie, The Old Wild Shadow (Remastered), The Eddie Cantor Radio Show 1942-1943 (disc 3), Eddie Cantor Greatest Hits, Whoopee!, The Roaring 20s Unplugged, Vol. 1: Acoustic Recordings 1921-1925, Jazz On Air, All Legacy Masters, Nostalgic Memories-The Very Best of Eddie Cantor-Vol. 98, Okay Toots, Best of the Essential Years: Eddie Cantor
Movies Whoopee!, Roman Scandals, Kid Millions, Palmy Days, The Kid from Spain, Ali Baba Goes to Town, Strike Me Pink, Thank Your Lucky Stars, Kid Boots, Show Business, The Story of Will Rogers, Hollywood Canteen, Forty Little Mothers, If You Knew Susie, Ziegfeld Follies, Hollywood Party, Special Delivery, A Few Moments with Eddie Cantor, Cavalcade of Comedy, Caught Short
TV Shows The Colgate Comedy Hour, The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theatre


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#Fact
1 Taking his show on a national tour, he was preparing to open one night at a theater in Minneapolis, in which every seat had been sold. Shortly before the show was to begin that night, a terrific snowstorm hit Minneapolis, effectively shutting the city down, and of the hundreds of people who had bought tickets to see the show, only seven managed to make it to the theater. When the management wanted to cancel the show and refund the patrons' money, Cantor refused, saying, "These people have paid their money to come and see me, and that's what they're going to get". So he put on the full show--elaborate musical numbers, sketches, dancing girls, comics, etc.--for an audience of just seven people.
2 Cantor reportedly received 3200 write-in votes for President in 1928 in an election won by Herbert Hoover. In another year he received over 1000 write-ins for Governor of New Jersey.
3 Cantor joined the NY actor's club, The Lambs, in 1923. He was the first president of the radio union, AFRA, in 1937.
4 He was awarded 3 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 6648 Hollywood Boulevard; for Television at 1710 Vine Street; and for Radio at 6765 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
5 Following his financial loss in the stock market crash of 1929, Eddie Cantor wrote a short humorous book entitled, "Caught Short."
6 Brother-in-law of Nettie Tobias.
7 Great-grandfather of Lee Newman.
8 Grandfather of Brian Gari and Judy McHugh
9 Often ate the breakfast staple cornflakes and milk for dinner at fancy restaurants. It had been the foodstuff he could afford as an up-and-coming comedian, and due to some personal quirk, he preferred it even after he was rich and famous.
10 Father-in-law of Robert Clary.
11 Both his parents died before he was a year old, and he was adopted and raised by his maternal grandmother, Esther Lazarowitz Kantrowitz, who died on January 29, 1917, two days before he signed a long-term contract with Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. to appear in his "Follies". "Kantrowitz" was the name mistakenly assigned to the boy instead of his actual name, Iskowitz, by a public school registrar. It was shortened to Cantor. Eddie was the nickname given him by his girlfriend, Ida Tobias, whom he later married (See Ida Tobias Cantor).
12 Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 89-91. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
13 Father of Marilyn Cantor Baker, Marjorie Cantor, Natalie Cantor, Edna Cantor McHugh and Janet Cantor Gari
14 Theme song: "One Hour With You."
15 Inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2000.
16 At one time, when the rights to The Wizard of Oz (1939) were owned by Samuel Goldwyn, Cantor was considered for the role of the Scarecrow. Goldwyn eventually sold the rights to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
17 President of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) from 1933-1935.
18 He invented the name "March of Dimes" for the donation campaigns of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (polio), a play on the "March of Time" newsreels. He began the first campaign on his own radio show in January 1938, asking people to mail a dime to the nation's most famous polio victim, President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Other entertainers joined in the appeal via their own shows, and the White House mail room was deluged with 2,680,000 dimes.
19 Received a Special Academy Award in 1956 for distinguished service to the film industry.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Looney Tunes Show 2011-2013 TV Series writer - 26 episodes
Boardwalk Empire TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Lost Boys: The Thirst 2010 Video writer: "Merrily We Roll Along"
The Angry Video Game Nerd 2007-2009 TV Series music - 2 episodes
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story 2009 Documentary performer: " Potatoes Are Cheaper - Tomatoes Are Cheaper Now's the Time To Fall in Love"
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1930s: Dancing Away the Great Depression 2009 Video documentary performer: "Okay, Toots", "Mandy", "Build a Little Home" - uncredited
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1920s: The Dawn of the Hollywood Musical 2008 Video documentary performer: "Oh, Gee, Georgie!", "The Dumber They Come, the Better I Like 'em", "Makin' Whoopee" - uncredited / writer: "The Dumber They Come, the Better I Like 'em" - uncredited
Cinderella Man 2005 performer: "Cheer Up, Smile, Nertz" 1931
Looney Tunes: Back in Action 2003 lyrics: "Merrily We Roll Along"
Carnivàle 2003 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Histeria! 1998-1999 TV Series music - 6 episodes
Pinky and the Brain 1997 TV Series music - 1 episode
Space Jam 1996 writer: "Merrily We Roll Along"
Bullets Over Broadway 1994 performer: "Ma He's Making Eyes At Me"
The Critic 1994 TV Series music - 1 episode
Animaniacs 1993 TV Series music - 4 episodes
Taz-Mania 1993 Video Game writer: "Merrily We Roll Along"
Road Runner's Death Valley Rally 1992 Video Game music: "Merrily We Roll Along"
Curly Sue 1991 writer: "Merrily We Roll Along"
Rover Dangerfield 1991 writer: "Merrily We Roll Along"
Tiny Toon Adventures 1990 TV Series music - 3 episodes
Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990 writer: "Merrily We Roll Along"
Men Don't Leave 1990 writer: "MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG"
Daffy Duck's Quackbusters 1988 music: "Merrily We Roll Along" - uncredited
Brother Can You Spare a Dime 1975 Documentary performer: "Now's the Time to Fall in Love" 1931
Blazing Saddles 1974 writer: "Merrily We Roll Along" - uncredited
The Great Radio Comedians 1972 TV Movie documentary performer: "Over There", "One Hour With You"
Bonnie and Clyde 1967 performer: "I Love to Spend Each Sunday with You" - uncredited / writer: "I Love to Spend Each Sunday with You" - uncredited
Startime 1959 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Eddie Fisher Show 1958 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Eddie Cantor Story 1953 lyrics: "I Love to Spend Each Sunday with You" - uncredited
The Story of Will Rogers 1952 performer: "Ma He's Making Eyes at Me" - uncredited
If You Knew Susie 1948 performer: "If You Knew Susie" 1925, "What Do I Want with Money" 1948, "My, How the Time Goes By" 1948, "Sextette" 1835 uncredited
Big Time Revue 1947 Short writer: "I'll Have Vanilla" - uncredited
Hollywood Canteen 1944 performer: "We're Having a Baby" 1941
Show Business 1944 performer: "The Curse of an Aching Heart" 1913, "I Want a Girl Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad" 1911, "Sextette" 1935, "Alabamy Bound" 1924, "Dinah" 1925, "I Don't Want to Get Well" 1917, "Makin' Whoopee" 1928 - uncredited
Thank Your Lucky Stars 1943 "London Bridge Is Falling Down", uncredited / performer: "Now's the Time to Fall in Love" 1931, "We're Staying Home Tonight" 1943 - uncredited
Forty Little Mothers 1940 "Little Curly Hair in a High Chair" 1940, uncredited / performer: "Little Curly Hair in a High Chair" 1940 - uncredited
The Bear That Couldn't Sleep 1939 Short lyrics: "Merrily We Roll Along"
Ali Baba Goes to Town 1937 performer: "Laugh Your Way Through Life" 1937, "Swing Is Here to Sway" 1937, "Vote for Honest Abe" 1937, "Pennies from Heaven" 1936, "Dinah" 1925 - uncredited
Strike Me Pink 1936 performer: "First You Have Me High Then You Have Me Low" 1935, "The Lady Dances" 1935, "Calabash Pipe" 1935 - uncredited
Billboard Frolics 1935 Short lyrics: "Merrily We Roll Along"
Devil Dogs of the Air 1935 lyrics: "Merrily We Roll Along" 1935 - uncredited
Kid Millions 1934 performer: "When My Ship Comes In" 1934 uncredited, "Mandy" 1918, "Okay, Toots" 1934 uncredited, "Let My People Go" uncredited, "Ice Cream Fantasy" 1934 uncredited, "The Man on the Flying Trapeze" 1867 uncredited
Roman Scandals 1933 performer: "Build a Little Home" 1933, "Keep Young and Beautiful" 1933, "Put a Tax on Love" 1933, "All of Me" 1931, "Dinah" 1925, "Kickin' the Gong Around" 1931 - uncredited
The Kid from Spain 1932 "What a Perfect Combination" 1932, uncredited / performer: "In the Moonlight" 1932 uncredited, "Look What You've Done" 1932 uncredited, "What a Perfect Combination" 1932 uncredited, "La Paloma"
Palmy Days 1931 "Yes, Yes My Baby Said Yes, Yes" 1931, "The Wedding March" 1843, uncredited / lyrics: "There's Nothing Too Good For My Baby" 1931 - uncredited / music: "There's Nothing Too Good For My Baby" 1931 - uncredited / performer: "There's Nothing Too Good For My Baby" 1931, "Yes, Yes My Baby Said Yes, Yes" 1931, "Happy Days Are Here Again" 1929 - uncredited
Whoopee! 1930 "Makin' Waffles" 1930, uncredited / performer: "Makin' Whoopee" 1928, "A Girl Friend of a Boy Friend of Mine" 1930, "My Baby Just Cares for Me" 1930, "Ol' Man River" 1927 - uncredited
Insurance 1930 Short performer: "Now That the Girls Are Wearing Long Dresses" - uncredited / writer: "Now That the Girls Are Wearing Long Dresses" - uncredited
Getting a Ticket 1930 Short performer: "My Wife Is on a Diet" - uncredited
Finding His Voice 1929 Documentary short writer: "Merrily We Roll Along" - uncredited
A Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic 1929 Short performer: "I Faw Down an' Go Boom", "If I Give Up the Saxophone", "Eddie Cantor's Automobile Horn Song"
That Party in Person 1929 Short performer: "Hungry Women", "Here's That Party Now In Person"
A Few Moments with Eddie Cantor, Star of 'Kid Boots' 1923 Short performer: "The Dumber They Come, the Better I Like 'em" 1923, "Oh, Gee, Georgie!" - uncredited / writer: "The Dumber They Come, the Better I Like 'em" 1923 - uncredited

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Startime 1959 TV Series Eddie Cantor
Playhouse 90 1956 TV Series Morris Sizeman
Matinee Theatre 1956 TV Series George Morris
The Eddie Cantor Story 1953 Audience Member (uncredited)
The Jack Benny Program 1953 TV Series Eddie Cantor
The Story of Will Rogers 1952 Eddie Cantor
All Star Revue 1951 TV Series Guest Vocalist / Actor
If You Knew Susie 1948 Sam Parker
Meet Mr. Mischief 1947 Short Face on Station Program Poster (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 25, No. 2: Radio Shows 1945 Short Eddie - The Eddie Cantor Program
Hollywood Canteen 1944 Eddie Cantor
Show Business 1944 Eddie Martin
Thank Your Lucky Stars 1943 Eddie Cantor / Joe Simpson
Forty Little Mothers 1940 Gilbert Jordan Thompson
Ali Baba Goes to Town 1937 Ali Baba
Strike Me Pink 1936 Eddie Pink
Kid Millions 1934 Eddie Wilson Jr.
Roman Scandals 1933 Eddie / Oedipus
The Kid from Spain 1932 Eddie Williams
Palmy Days 1931 Eddie Simpson
Whoopee! 1930 Henry Williams
Insurance 1930 Short Sidney B. Zwieback
Glorifying the American Girl 1929 Eddie Cantor - Appearance in Revue Scenes
That Party in Person 1929 Short Eddie Cantor
Special Delivery 1927 Eddie Beagle - the Mail Carrier
Kid Boots 1926 Samuel (Kid) Boots

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Colgate Comedy Hour TV Series 1 episode, 1953 writer - 1 episode, 1953
Ziegfeld Follies 1945 uncredited
Palmy Days 1931 story and dialogue
Mr. Lemon of Orange 1931 dialogue
Caught Short 1930 book "Caught Short"
Special Delivery 1927 story - uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater 1955 TV Series producer - 3 episodes
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1953 TV Series producer - 1 episode
If You Knew Susie 1948 producer
Show Business 1944 producer

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Eddie Cantor Story 1953 singing voice: Keefe Brasselle

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
All Star Revue 1951-1953 TV Series Himself - Guest Comedian / Himself / Himself - Maxie the Taxi
Be What You Want 1953 TV Movie Himself
Screen Snapshots: Memorial to Al Jolson 1952 Documentary short Himself
World's Middleweight Championship: Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Randy Turpin 1951 Himself - Audience Member
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood's Happy Homes 1949 Documentary short Himself
Screen Snapshots 9860: Hollywood Friars Honor George Jessel 1948 Short Himself - Speaker
The Friendship Train 1948 Documentary short Himself
American Creed 1946 Short Himself
The March of Time: Volume 1, Number 5 1937 Documentary short Himself
Screen Snapshots Series 15, No. 5 1936 Documentary short Himself
The Hollywood Gad-About 1934 Documentary short Himself (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots 1932/II Documentary short Himself
Screen Snapshots Series 10, No. 3 1930 Short Himself
Screen Snapshots Series 9, No. 23 1930 Short Himself, at Premiere
Screen Snapshots Series 9, No. 18 1930 Short Himself
Getting a Ticket 1930 Short Himself, Eddie Cantor
A Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic 1929 Short Himself
A Few Moments with Eddie Cantor, Star of 'Kid Boots' 1923 Short Himself
The Starland Review 1922 Documentary short Himself
Starland Review No. 4 1922 Documentary short Himself
The Linkletter Show 1959 TV Series Himself
Sunday Showcase 1959 TV Series Himself
You Asked for It 1959 TV Series Himself
The Eddie Fisher Show 1958 TV Series Himself
Social Security in Action 1958 TV Series Himself
The Big Record 1957 TV Series Himself - guest
Playhouse 90 1957 TV Series Himself - -Host
What's My Line? 1952-1957 TV Series Himself - Mystery Guest
The Jackie Gleason Show 1957 TV Series Himself - Tribute Recipient
Person to Person 1956 TV Series documentary Himself
Climax! 1956 TV Series Himself
Texaco Star Theatre 1951-1956 TV Series Himself - Comedian / Himself - Singer
The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater 1955 TV Series Himself / Host / Occasional Lead Player / ...
The Ed Sullivan Show 1952-1955 TV Series Himself
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1950-1954 TV Series Himself - Host / Himself / Himself - Comic Actor
This Is Your Life 1953 TV Series Himself
The Dennis Day Show 1953 TV Series Himself - Performer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Former SAG and AFTRA President
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1930s: Dancing Away the Great Depression 2009 Video documentary Himself
The Dawn of Sound: How Movies Learned to Talk 2007 Video documentary Himself
Great Performances 2003-2005 TV Series Himself
Broadway: The American Musical 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Henry Williams
Biography 1996-2001 TV Series documentary Himself
American Masters 1997-2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
100 Years at the Movies 1994 TV Short documentary Himself
Legends of Comedy 1992 TV Movie documentary
The 1930's: Music, Memories & Milestones 1988 Video documentary Himself - with Shirley Temple
Entertaining the Troops 1988 Documentary Himself
The Great Standups 1984 TV Movie documentary Himself
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter 1982 TV Movie documentary Actor - Unidentified Film (uncredited)
The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1979 TV Special Himself
Bob Hope's World of Comedy 1976 TV Movie Tribute Montage
Texaco Presents: A Quarter Century of Bob Hope on Television 1975 TV Special Himself
Brother Can You Spare a Dime 1975 Documentary
Fred Astaire Salutes the Fox Musicals 1974 TV Movie Himself
The Great Radio Comedians 1972 TV Movie documentary Eddie Cantor
Hollywood My Home Town 1965 Documentary Himself
The DuPont Show of the Week 1961 TV Series Himself
Yesterday and Today 1953
Minstrel Days 1941 Short Eddie: edited from 'Roman Scandals'
The Great American Broadcast 1941 Himself - Opening Montage (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1963 Life Achievement Award Screen Actors Guild Awards
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 6648 Hollywood Blvd.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television On 8 February 1960. At 1770 Vine Street.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Radio On 8 February 1960. At 6765 Hollywood Blvd.
1957 Honorary Award Academy Awards, USA For distinguished service to the film industry.

TitleSalary
Whoopee! (1930) $100,000 + 10% profits

#Quote
1 [on blackface] I do the same stuff with it or without it, but folks have me pegged as a blackface man and a blackface man I've got to be.
2 [on blackface] I don't myself quite understand why people will laugh more at a joke delivered in blackface than the same wheeze without the burnt cork. But they do.
3 All women are natural born espionage agents.
4 Lovely girl. Lovely family. Her poor father died of throat trouble. They hung him.
5 It doesn't matter how much the boss likes you, you can't work in a bank and take home samples.
6 [on his vaudeville days] When [George Jessel] and I were not acting, we were playing. We had no outside games or diversions, so all our fun had to be born of the theatre. On one occasion we ruined a perfectly boring mystery thriller. Just as the distracted father cried, "Where is my daughter?" we walked across the stage behind him, both of us in black-face, with brooms slung across our shoulders. The audience broke into laughter and the actors of the piece were mystified, instead of the audience. On another occasion we found that a newcomer to our act, a little girl violinist, was getting more applause than was healthy for her. The next night when she took her bow we were right beside her, each of us with a violin of his own, and shared the hand. Another time, as she finished her number, I suddenly appeared in one of the boxes of the theatre and began a campaign speech: "Ladies and gentlemen- If I am elected the public monies will be safe. I will guard them and keep them. You'll have nothing to worry about". A distraction like this always brought a laugh and diverted some applause.
7 A wedding is a funeral where you smell your own flowers.
8 Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast--you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.
9 Marriage is an attempt to solve problems together which you didn't have when you were on your own.
10 When I see the "Ten Most Wanted" lists I always have this thought: If we made them feel wanted earlier, they wouldn't be wanted now.
11 We call our relatives the kin we love to touch.
12 It takes twenty years to make an overnight success.
13 [on Al Jolson] He was more than just a singer or an actor. He was an experience.
14 [commenting about losing most of his money in the 1929 stock market crash] Well, folks, they got me in the market just like they got everybody else. In fact, they're not calling it the stock market any more. They're calling it the stuck market.
15 [after attending the premiere of the film The Eddie Cantor Story (1953)] If that was my life, I didn't live.


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