|ACTOR, COMEDIAN (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)|
BORN 18 Jan 1913, New York City, New York: Brooklyn - DIED 3 Mar 1987, Los Angeles, California: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center|
REAL NAME Kaminsky, David Daniel
GRAVE LOCATION Valhalla, New York: Kensico Cemetery, Westchester County (Tecumseh Avenue, near the lake (monument shaped like bench))
Danny Kaye was the son of Jewish Ukrainian immigrants. He went to Thomas Jefferson High School but never graduated. In 1935 he made his movie debut in the comedy "Moon Over Manhattan". In 1941 he was succesful in "Lady in the Dark", a comedy on Broadway. Especially his song "Tchaikovsky" from that play, written by Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin, was very popular.
His first important movie was "Up in Arms" (1944) which was an instant succes. He made many more movies, often appearing with Virginia Mayo. Many of his songs were written by his wife Sylvia Fine. From 1963 to 1967 he was the host of the Danny Kaye Show on CBS Televsion.
After he became estranged from Sylvia it is said that he was involved with several other women, among them actress Eve Arden. There were also rumours of a homosexual affair of Kaye with Laurence Olivier during the 1950s. He never divorced Sylvia and died in 1977. Sylvia died in 1981 and was buried beside him. The grave is anonymous and has a monument shaped like a bench on it.