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Jimmy Durante

Comedian, composer, actor, singer and songwriter ("Inka Dinka Doo") Jimmy Durante was educated in New York public schools. He began his career as a Coney Island pianist, and organized a five-piece band in 1916. He opened the Club Durant with Eddie Jackson and Lou Clayton, with whom he later formed a comedy trio for vaudeville and on television. He appeared in the Broadway musicals "Show Girl", "The New Yorkers", "Strike Me Pink", "Jumbo", "Red Hot and Blue", and "Stars in Your Eyes". By 1936, he had appeared at the Palladium in London. Later he had his own radio and television shows, and was a featured headliner in night clubs. Biographer Gene Fowler wrote his biography, "Schnozzola". Joining ASCAP in 1941, he collaborated musically with Jackie Barnett and Ben Ryan, and his other popular song compositions include "I'm Jimmy That Well-Dressed Man", "I Know Darn Well I Can Do Without Broadway", "I Ups to Him and He Ups to Me", "Daddy Your Mamma Is Lonesome For You", "Umbriago", "Any State In the Forty-Eight", "Chidabee Chidabee Chidabee", and "I'm Jimmy's Girl".

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Feb 10, 1893 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Roadhouse Nights 1930-02-23
Latest Project:
Movie John F. Kennedy Galakonzert 1961 2019-01-06
Known For
Poster of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Poster of Four Star Revue
Poster of The Colgate Comedy Hour
Poster of The Ed Sullivan Show
Movie John F. Kennedy Galakonzert 1961 Self 2019-01-06
Movie And the Oscar Goes To... 2014-02-01
Movie Don Knotts: Tied Up with Laughter Himself 2011-04-09
Movie Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song Self (archive footage) (uncredited) 2002-03-21
Movie The Best of Bob Hope: 50 years of Laughter Volume 1 2001-02-22
Movie Hollywood Musicals of the 40's (archive footage) 2000-09-01
Movie That's Entertainment! III (archive footage) 1994-07-01
Movie It's Showtime 1976-03-31
Movie That's Entertainment, Part II (archive footage) 1976-05-16
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (archive footage) 1975-08-06
Movie That's Entertainment! (archive footage) 1974-06-21
Series The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour Unknown 1971-08-01
Series The Don Knotts Show Unknown 1970-09-15
Movie Frosty the Snowman Narrator (voice) 1969-12-07
Series Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters Unknown 1969-09-26
Movie Alice Through the Looking Glass Humpty Dumpty 1966-11-06
Movie Hollywood My Home Town 1965-12-31
Series The Hollywood Palace Unknown 1964-01-04
Movie It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Smiler Grogan 1963-11-07
Series The Lucy Show Unknown 1962-10-01
Movie The New March of Dimes Presents: The Scene Stealers Self - Host 1962-01-06
Movie Billy Rose's Jumbo Anthony ('Pop') Wonder 1962-12-06
Movie The Last Judgment The man with the large nose 1961-10-26
Movie Pepe Jimmy Durante 1960-12-21
Movie The Frank Sinatra Timex Show Unknown 1959-10-19
Series The Steve Allen Show Unknown 1956-06-24
Series The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Unknown 1956-10-05
Series Summer Playhouse Unknown 1954-07-06
Series The Jimmy Durante Show Unknown 1954-10-02
Series The Oscars Unknown 1953-03-18
Series This Is Your Life Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie The Great Rupert Mr. Louie Amendola 1950-03-01
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Series Four Star Revue Host 1950-10-04
Movie The Milkman Breezy Albright 1950-10-17
Movie On an Island with You Buckley 1948-05-03
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie It Happened in Brooklyn Nick Lombardi 1947-03-13
Movie This Time for Keeps Ferdi Farro 1947-10-17
Movie Two Sisters from Boston 'Spike' 1946-06-06
Movie Two Girls and a Sailor Billy Kipp / Julian Kipp 1944-06-14
Movie Music for Millions Andrews 1944-12-18
Movie Breakdowns of 1942 Self 1942-01-01
Movie The Man Who Came to Dinner Banjo 1942-01-01
Movie You're in the Army Now Homer "Jeeper" Smith 1941-12-25
Movie Melody Ranch Cornelius J. Courtney 1940-09-15
Movie Start Cheering Willie Gumbatz 1938-03-03
Movie Sally, Irene and Mary Jefferson Twitchel 1938-03-04
Movie Little Miss Broadway Jimmy Clayton 1938-07-29
Movie Screen Snapshots (Series 16, No. 1) 1936-09-11
Movie Land Without Music Jonah J. Whistler 1936-10-07
Movie Carnival Fingers 1935-02-15
Movie Hollywood on Parade No. B-9 Gert 1934-04-28
Movie Palooka Knobby Walsh 1934-01-26
Movie George White's Scandals Happy McGillicuddy 1934-03-15
Movie Strictly Dynamite Moxie 1934-05-11
Movie Hollywood Party Himself / Schnarzan 1934-05-24
Movie Student Tour Hank Merman 1934-10-05
Movie Give a Man a Job 1933-01-31
Movie What! No Beer? Jimmy Potts 1933-02-10
Movie Hell Below Ptomaine' - Ships Cook 1933-06-08
Movie Meet the Baron Joe McGoo 1933-10-20
Movie Broadway to Hollywood Jimmy 1933-09-15
Movie The Wet Parade Abe Shilling 1932-03-26
Movie The Passionate Plumber Julius J. McCracken 1932-02-06
Movie Hollywood on Parade 1932-06-05
Movie Blondie of the Follies Jimmy 1932-09-01
Movie Speak Easily James 1932-08-13
Movie The Phantom President Curly Cooney 1932-09-23
Movie New Adventures of Get Rich Quick Wallingford Schnozzle 1931-10-03
Movie The Christmas Party Santa Claus (uncredited) 1931-12-17
Movie The Cuban Love Song O.O. Jones 1931-12-05
Movie Roadhouse Nights Daffy (as Durante) 1930-02-23