Henny Youngman

Comedian, Printer
British actor Henny Youngman captivated audiences with his incredible performances on the big screen. Youngman's career began by acting in comedies like "You Can't Run Away From It" (1956) starring June Allyson, "The ... Read more »
Born: 03/16/1906 in Liverpool, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (24)

As the World Turns 1955 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Goodfellas 1990 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Woodstock: Return to the Planet of the '60s 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Funny 1989 (Movie)

Comedian (Actor)

Norman's Corner 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Just For Laughs II 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Amazon Women on the Moon 1987 (Movie)

Henny Youngman (Actor)

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

History of the World Part I 1981 (Movie)

Chemist (Actor)

National Lampoon Goes to the Movies 1981 (Movie)

Lawyer (Actor)

That Thing on ABC 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mad Mad Mad Mad World of the Super Bowl 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Silent Movie 1976 (Movie)

Fly-in-Soup Man (Actor)

Joey and Dad 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

A Show Business Salute to Milton Berle 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Many Faces of Comedy 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Money Talks 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Comeback Trail 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Gore-Gore Girls 1971 (Movie)

Marzdone Mobilie (Actor)

You Can't Run Away From It 1956 (Movie)

1st Driver (Actor)
Other (1)

Heartbeeps 1981 (Movie)

(Catskill jokes) (Technical Advisor)

Biography

British actor Henny Youngman captivated audiences with his incredible performances on the big screen. Youngman's career began by acting in comedies like "You Can't Run Away From It" (1956) starring June Allyson, "The Comeback Trail" (1972) with Chuck McCann and "The Gore-Gore Girls" (1972) with Frank Kress and Amy Farrell. He also appeared in the Muhammad Ali film "Money Talks" (1972). He had a part on the television special "The Many Faces of Comedy" (1973-74). He worked in series television while getting his start in acting, including a part on "As the World Turns" (1955-2010). In the seventies and the eighties, Youngman devoted his time to various credits, such as "Silent Movie" (1976) starring Mel Brooks, "Heartbeeps" (1981), "History of the World Part I" with Mel Brooks (1981) and "National Lampoon Goes to the Movies" (1982). Additionally, he appeared in a number of television specials, including "Just For Laughs II" (1987-88), "Norman's Corner" (1988-89) and "Woodstock: Return to the Planet of the '60s" (1989-1990). He also appeared in "Night of 100 Stars III" (1989-1990). Youngman last worked on "100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time" (2003-04). Youngman was married to Sadie Cohen and had two children. Henny Youngman passed away in February 1998 at the age of 92.

Relationships

Olga Chetkin

Mother

Grandchild
had one other survived him

Sadie Cohen

Wife
married in 1928 until her death at the age of 82 in 1987

Larry Kelly

Grandson
survived him

Marilyn Youngman

Daughter
survived him

Gary Youngman

Son
survived him

Lester Youngman

Brother
managed Henny for 35 years died in 1979

Yonkel Yungman

Father
Russian immigrant

EDUCATION

Manuel Training High School

Brooklyn, New York
expelled after two years

Brooklyn Vocational Trade School

Brooklyn, New York
(Printing)

P S 2

Brooklyn, New York
had to be forcibly removed from his class often

Milestones

1995

Broke his hip (date approximate)

1990

Performed in "GoodFellas"

1982

Featured in "The National Lampoon Goes to the Movies"

1981

Starred in "The History of the World Part I"

1980

Appeared in Showtime special "Medium Roasted Rare"

1979

Worked for Dial-A-Joke once again

1977

Profiled in THE NEW YORKER

1976

Cameo appearances in "Silent Movie" and "Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood"

1974

First comic to do Dial-A-Joke; drew over 3 million calls

1966

Acted in "The Nashville Rebel"

1940

Feature debut, "A Wave and a WAC and a Marine"

1936

Hired by Kate Smith to perform on her CBS radio show, The Kate Smith Show

Family moved to the USA from England

Founded band, Henny Youngman and the Swanee Syncopaters during the 1920s; bandleader; told jokes between performances

Began solo comedic career in the early 30s

Served summonses and printed business cards

Stage debut on amateur night at the 16th Street Theater during Yom Kippur; upon finding out his father had a police officer throw him off the stage

Father had him take violin lessons in the hope that he would play professionally

Bonus Trivia

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Received the Torch of Liberty Award from the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith

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In 1996, the Manhattan corner at 55th Street and Avenue of the Americas was renamed Henny Youngman Way

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