Al Jolson

Singer, Actor
Celebrated song-and-dance man who was a major Broadway attraction before gaining worldwide fame as the star of the so-called "first" talking picture, "The Jazz Singer" (1927). Known as both "The World's Greatest ... Read more »
Born: 05/25/1886 in Lithuania

Filmography

Music (26)

Fort McCoy 2014 (Movie)

("Avalon") (Song)

Method To The Madness of Jerry Lewis 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Song

The Rite 2011 (Movie)

("Sonny Boy") (Song)

Marmaduke 2010 (Movie)

("California") (Song)

Leatherheads 2008 (Movie)

("Toot, Toot, Tootsie Good-bye") (Song Performer)

King Kong 2005 (Movie)

("I'm Sitting on Top of the World") (Song Performer)

White Countess 2005 (Movie)

("Avalon") (Song)

The Aviator 2004 (Movie)

("Avalon") (Song)

The Saddest Music in the World 2004 (Movie)

("California Here I Come") (Song)

A Guy Thing 2003 (Movie)

("The Anniversary Song") (Song)

When Brendan Met Trudy 2001 (Movie)

("Sonny Boy") (Song)

The Last September 2000 (Movie)

("You Made Me Love You") (Song Performer)

Heart 1999 (Movie)

("When You're Smiling") (Song)

Payback 1999 (Movie)

("Anniversary Song") (Song)

Sweet and Lowdown 1999 (Movie)

("Avalon") (Song)

The Long Day Closes 1993 (Movie)

music composer("Me and My Shadow") (Composer)

Roger & Me 1989 (Movie)

("California, Here I Come") (Song)

The Brave Little Toaster 1989 (Movie)

("April Showers") (Song Performer)

Hannah and Her Sisters 1986 (Movie)

("Avalon") (Song)

The Ninth Configuration 1984 (Movie)

("There's a Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder") (Song Performer)

The Ninth Configuration 1984 (Movie)

(Song)

Phar Lap 1983 (Movie)

songs("California Here I Come" "There's a Rainbow Round My Shoulders") (Song)

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? 1969 (Movie)

("California, Here I Come") (Song)

Star! 1968 (Movie)

("'N' Everything") (Song)

New York Nights (Movie)

(Songwriter)
Actor (13)

American Lifestyles 1986 (Movie)

("The Movie Marches On" - "Show Business: The War Years") (Actor)

The Jolson Story 1945 (Movie)

voice dubbing (Voice)

Hollywood Cavalcade 1939 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Swanee River 1938 (Movie)

(Actor)

Go Into Your Dance 1934 (Movie)

(Actor)

Wonder Bar 1933 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Jazz Singer 1927 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mammy (Movie)

Al Fuller (Actor)

Rhapsody in Blue (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Rose of Washington Square (Movie)

Ted Cotter (Actor)

Say It with Songs (Movie)

Joe Lane (Actor)

The Singing Fool (Movie)

Al (Actor)

The Singing Kid (Movie)

Al Jackson (Actor)

Biography

Celebrated song-and-dance man who was a major Broadway attraction before gaining worldwide fame as the star of the so-called "first" talking picture, "The Jazz Singer" (1927). Known as both "The World's Greatest Entertainer" and the biggest egomaniac in show business, Jolson got his start as a blackface singer in vaudeville around 1906. By the 1910s, he was starring in both book and variety shows on Broadway, including "The Honeymoon Express" (1913), "Robinson Crusoe Jr." (1916), "Sinbad" (1918) and "Bombo" (1921). His hammy, exuberant singing style and his obvious love of entertaining made him a huge star of both stage and recordings.

Relationships

Ruby Keeler Actor

Wife
Met while Keeler was a dancer at Texas Guinan's El Fey Club in New York starred together in the Warner Brothers musical film "Go Into Your Dance" (1935)

Ruby Keeler

Wife
third wife married on September 21, 1928 divorced on December 28, 1940 co-starred together in the feature film, "Go Into Your Dance" (1935)

Henrietta Keller

Wife
divorced in July 1919

Alma Osborn

Wife
married on August 18, 1922 divorced

Milestones

1949

Made last film, playing himself in "Jolson Sings Again"

1934

Re-signed with Warner Bros.

1933

Left Warner Bros. for United Artists, made "Hallelujah I'm a Bum"

1927

Made feature debut, "The Jazz Singer"

1925

Film debut, a talking short for Warner Bros.

1911

New York stage debut, "La Belle Paree"

1906

Made stage debut

1894

Immigrated to USA; settled in Washington, DC

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