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Jimmy Durante

Actor and Comedian Jimmy Durante

Profession: Actor and Comedian

United States of America

Biography: The American comedian who had a long career in vaudeville, radio, film and TV, and who was known for his raspy delivery and distinctive nose was one of the country's most loved entertainers.

In 1934 he had a novelty hit record with "Inka Dinka Doo" and appeared on Broadway in the musical "Jumbo". On film he was paired with Buster Keaton for a number of Hollywood films. In 1943 he teamed up with Garry Moore for "The Durante-Moore Show" on radio. He later had a variety show on TV "The Jimmy Durante Show" from 1954-56.

Born: February 10, 1893
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, USA

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: January 29, 1980 (aged 86)
Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Historical Events

  • 1936-10-29 Cole Porters musical "Red Hot And Blue", starring Ethel Merman, Jimmy Durante, and Bob Hope, opens at the Alvin Theatre, NYC; runs for 183 performances
  • 1943-03-25 Jimmy Durante & Garry Moore premiere on radio
  • 1956-06-23 "Jimmy Durante Show" last airs on NBC-TV