|ACTOR, COMEDIAN (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)|
BORN 18 Jan 1911, 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, 273 Lakeview Avenue (Tecumseh Avenue, near the lake (monument shaped like bench) (ashes))
Danny Kaye was the son of Jewish Ukrainian immigrants. He went to Thomas Jefferson High School but never graduated. In 1937 he debuted in two comedies, but the series ended when the studio shut down in 1938. In 1941 he was successful 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 success. 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.
He and Sylvia separated in 1947 and at that time he was involved with the actress Eve Arden. In 1948 he and Sylvia came back together and their marriage lasted until Kaye's death in 1987. The author Donald Spoto claimed that he had a homosexual affair with Laurence Olivier during the 1950s but there is no evidence for this. Sylvia died in 1991 and was buried beside him. The grave is has a monument shaped like a bench on it.
Danny Kaye - Wikipedia