Jimmy Durante

Comedian, Vaudevillian, Songwriter
A big-nosed, ingratiating performer of stage, screen and radio, Jimmy Durante possessed a unique gravelly voice, a raucous manner and a persona which later in life radiated a love of the old showbiz traditions of ... Read more »
Born: 02/10/1893 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (50)

That's Entertainment! III 1994 (Movie)

Song Performer (Actor)

More of the Best of the Hollywood Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Entertaining the Troops 1987 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

It's Showtime 1975 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

A Salute to Television's 25th Anniversary 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Monsanto Night Presents Burl Ives 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Howdy 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Show (09/20/67) 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder At NBC 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Durante Meets the Lively Arts 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jimmy Durante Show 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 1963 (Movie)

Smiler Grogan (Actor)

Billy Rose's Jumbo 1961 (Movie)

Pop Wonder (Actor)

An Evening With Jimmy Durante 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Pepe 1960 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Last Judgement 1960 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Jimmy Durante Show 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

The Colgate Comedy Hour 1950 - 1956 (Tv Show)

Actor

Entertainment 1955 1954 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

The All-Star Revue 1950 - 1953 (TV Show)

Actor

Music For Millions 1945 (Movie)

Andrews (Actor)

The Man Who Came to Dinner 1941 (Movie)

Banjo (Actor)

Melody Ranch 1939 (Movie)

Cornelius J. Courtney (Actor)

Hollywood Party 1934 (Movie)

Schnarzan the Shouting Conqueror (Actor)

Meet the Baron 1933 (Movie)

Joe McGoo (Actor)

What! No Beer? 1933 (Movie)

Jimmy Potts (Actor)

Speak Easily 1932 (Movie)

James (Actor)

The Passionate Plumber 1932 (Movie)

McCracken (Actor)

Carnival (Movie)

Fingers (Actor)

Frosty the Snowman (TV Show)

Narrator

George White's Scandals (Movie)

Happy Donnelly (Actor)

Hell Below (Movie)

Ptomaine (Actor)

It Happened in Brooklyn (Movie)

Nick Lombardi (Actor)

Little Miss Broadway (Movie)

Jimmy Clayton (Actor)

On an Island with You (Movie)

Buckley (Actor)

Roadhouse Nights (Movie)

Daffy (Actor)

Sally, Irene and Mary (Movie)

Jefferson Twitchell (Actor)

Start Cheering (Movie)

Willie Gumbatz (Actor)

Strictly Dynamite (Movie)

Moxie Slaight (Actor)

The Cuban Love Song (Movie)

O.O. Jones (Actor)

The Great Rupert (Movie)

Mr. Amendola (Actor)

The Milkman (Movie)

Breezy Albright (Actor)

The Phantom President (Movie)

Curly Cooney (Actor)

The Wet Parade (Movie)

Abe Schilling (Actor)

This Time for Keeps (Movie)

Ferdi Farro (Actor)

Two Girls and a Sailor (Movie)

Billy Kipp (Actor)

Two Sisters from Boston (Movie)

"Spike" (Actor)

Ziegfeld Follies (Movie)

(Actor)
Music (6)

Orphan 2009 (Movie)

("The Glory Of Love") (Song Performer)

Greedy 1994 (Movie)

(Song)

Greedy 1994 (Movie)

("Inka Dinka Doo") (Song Performer)

City Slickers 1991 (Movie)

("Young at Heart") (Song Performer)

Only the Lonely 1991 (Movie)

("Umbriago") (Song)

Monte Carlo or Bust! 1969 (Movie)

("Monte Carlo or Bust!") (Song Performer)

Biography

A big-nosed, ingratiating performer of stage, screen and radio, Jimmy Durante possessed a unique gravelly voice, a raucous manner and a persona which later in life radiated a love of the old showbiz traditions of vaudeville and slapstick. He began his career playing honky-tonk piano in New York saloons, working his way into a vaudeville act with partners Lou Clayton and Eddie Jackson. The three opened the Club Durant in 1919, a speakeasy which rocketed them to fame. The trio spent the 1920s entertaining from their club as well as on the vaudeville circuit, including a long run at the Palace Theater. They also appeared in Ziegfeld's "Show Girl" (1929) and Cole Porter's "The New Yorkers" (1930). Durante--with his brash, lovable mien and cries of "hotcha-cha!"--branched out alone in such Broadway shows as "Strike Me Pink" (1933), Billy Rose's "Jumbo" (1935) with a score by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart and book by Charles MacArthur and Ben Hecht, and another Cole Porter musical, "Red, Hot and Blue." He also made numerous radio appearances in the 30s and 40s.

Relationships

Sister
died in the early 1940s

Bartolomeo Durante

Father
Italian immigrant

Rosa Durante

Mother
Italian immigrant

Cecelia Durante

Daughter
adopted on December 25, 1961

Marjorie Little

Wife
Married 1960 until his death Jan. 29, 1980

Jeanne Olsen

Wife
Married 1921 until her death Feb. 14, 1943; inspired his catch-line "Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are"

Milestones

1972

Confined to wheelchair after fall

1964

Final film, "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"

1954

Had own TV show (NBC and CBS)

1930

Film acting debut in "Roadhouse Nights"

1929

First Broadway performance in Ziegfeld's "Show Girl"

1919

Opened Club Durant with Eddie Jackson and Lou Clayton

1909

Hired as ragtime pianist in Bowery nightclubs, NY

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