Jimmy Durante Overview:

Legendary actor, Jimmy Durante, was born James Francis Durante on Feb 10, 1893 in New York City, NY. Durante died at the age of 87 on Jan 29, 1980 in Santa Monica, CA and was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, Los Angeles County, CA.

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Piano-playing American comedian with a unique repertoire of inspired comic songs. Under contract to MGM for many years, but the studio never really projected his personality properly, and he remained at his best in solo spots, nightclubs, and records. Died from pneumonia.

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HONORS and AWARDS:

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He was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Motion Pictures and Radio. Jimmy Durante's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #73 on Oct 31, 1945. In addition, Durante was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame . Durante was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Jimmy Durante Quotes:

[after hitting a high note in the song, "Inka Dinka Doo"]
Billy Kipp: That note was given to me by Bing Crosby, and was he glad to get rid of it.


Jimmy Clayton: What is it, Pop?
William J. 'Pop' Shea: It's for Betsy. Perhaps you could come back tomorrow morning?
Detective: Sorry, old man, I don't like this any more than you do, but I got to take her back tonight.
Jimmy Clayton: But you can't take Betsy back to the orphan asylum! Know why? 'Cause Betsy ain't here! She's down south in dear old Dixie.
Flossie: Sure, visiting with my folks.
Jimmy Clayton: Oh, I wish I was in Dixie! Away, away!
Detective: Hey, are you crazy?
Jimmy Clayton: Yeah! Uh, no! You see, we don't want to lose Betsy. That's why I lied to you. She's up in her room.


Banjo: Did you ever have the feeling that you wanted to go, and still have the feeling that you wanted to stay?


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Jimmy Durante Facts
Sang the famous 'Frosty The Snowman' song.

Has a street named after him on the east side of Las Vegas, Nevada.

A legal challenge to his adoption of daughter CeCe late in life, on the grounds that he was too old to care for such a young child, was dismissed by a judge, who said, "I've heard this man sing 'Young at Heart.'"

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