Al Jolson Overview:

Legendary actor, Al Jolson, was born Asa Yoelson on May 26, 1886 in Srednik, Russian Empire. Jolson died at the age of 64 on Oct 23, 1950 in San Francisco, CA and was laid to rest in Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, CA.


Square-faced, exuberant, larger-than-life, Russian-born Hollywood entertainer who made history by starring in the first part-talkie, The Jazz Singer. His popularity faded in the thirties, but he came to the fore again with his efforts for Allied troops during World War II, and the smash-hit release of The Jolson Story in 1946, for which he supplied the vocals and long-shot dances. Married (third of four) to Ruby Keeler, 1928-1939. Died from a heart attack.

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He was honored with three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Recording, Motion Pictures and Radio. Al Jolson's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #28 on Mar 12, 1936. In addition, Jolson was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame and was immortalized on a US postal stamp in 1994. Jolson was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Al Wonder: [rolls eyes as two men dance off together] Boys will be boys, woooo!

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Brother of vaudeville entertainer Harry Jolson [1884-1952].

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