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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". Date of Birth 10 February 1893, New York City, New York Date of Death 29 January 1980, Santa Monica, California  (pneumonia)

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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 Before the Sun Explodes 2016-03-14
Known For
Movie Before the Sun Explodes Knobby Walsh 2016-03-14
Movie And the Oscar Goes To... 2014-02-02
Movie An Open Heart Anthony ('Pop') Wonder 2012-08-08
Movie Mantera Happy McGillicuddy 2012-05-12
Movie Don Knotts: Tied Up with Laughter Himself 2011-04-09
Movie Thambikottai Jefferson Twitchel 2011-02-10
Movie My Sassy Girl O.O. Jones 2008-05-26
Movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall Willie Gumbatz 2008-04-17
Movie Desamuduru Jimmy Potts 2007-01-12
Movie Elina: As If I Wasn't There Jimmy 2003-01-31
Movie New Scenes from America Willie Gumbatz 2002-01-01
Movie Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song 2001-12-27
Movie That's Entertainment! III (archive footage) 1994-07-01
Movie The Bride 1985-08-16
Movie That's Entertainment, Part II (archive footage) 1976-05-17
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (archive footage) 1975-08-06
Movie That's Entertainment! Clips from 'Speak Easily' & 'It Happened in Brooklyn' (archive footage) 1974-06-21
Movie Hollywood My Home Town 1965-12-31
Movie It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Smiler Grogan 1963-11-07
Movie Billy Rose's Jumbo Anthony ('Pop') Wonder 1962-12-06
Movie Pepe Himself 1960-12-21
Series The Jimmy Durante Show 1954-10-02
Movie Cops and Robbers Jimmy 1951-11-29
Movie The Great Rupert Mr. Louie Amendola 1950-03-01
Movie On an Island with You Buckley 1948-05-03
Movie This Time for Keeps Ferdi Farro 1947-10-17
Movie It Happened in Brooklyn Nick Lombardi 1947-04-07
Movie Two Sisters from Boston 'Spike' 1946-06-06
Movie The Man Who Came to Dinner Banjo 1942-01-24
Movie Breakdowns of 1942 Himself (uncredited) 1942-01-01
Movie Melody Ranch Cornelius J. Courtney 1940-09-15
Movie Little Miss Broadway Jimmy Clayton, Jazz Bandits bandleader 1938-07-29
Movie Sally, Irene and Mary Jefferson Twitchel 1938-03-04
Movie Start Cheering Willie Gumbatz 1938-03-03
Movie Land Without Music Jonah J. Whistler 1936-10-07
Movie Carnival Fingers 1935-02-15
Movie Palooka Knobby Walsh 1934-01-26
Movie Student Tour Hank Merman 1934-10-05
Movie George White's Scandals Happy McGillicuddy 1934-03-15
Movie Meet The Baron Joe McGoo - the Favorite 'Schnozzle' of the Screen 1933-10-20
Movie Broadway to Hollywood Jimmy 1933-09-15
Movie The Devil's in Love Banjo 1933-07-21
Movie What! No Beer? Jimmy Potts 1933-02-10
Movie Blondie of the Follies Jimmy 1932-09-01
Movie Hollywood on Parade 1932-06-05
Movie The Wet Parade Abe Shilling 1932-03-26
Movie The Cuban Love Song O.O. Jones 1931-12-05
Movie Roadhouse Nights Daffy (as Durante) 1930-02-23