Danny Kaye was an American actor, singer, dancer, comedian and musician who, starting his film career portraying a fast-talking Russian maniac in a number of low-budget short films, went on to appear in the hit Broadway comedy 'Lady in the Dark' and the musical 'Let's Face It!'.
He made his feature film debut with 'Up in Arms' in 1944. He next gained popularity on the CBS radio program 'The Danny Kaye Show' in 1945-46. He eventually starred in a string of successful films like 'Wonder Man' (1945), 'The Kid from Brooklyn' (1946), 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' (1947), 'The Inspector General' (1949), 'White Christmas' (1954) and 'The Court Jester' (1956). He has acted in 'Hans Christian Andersen' (1952), based on the life of the Danish story-teller, and 'The Five Pennies', (1959) about jazz pioneer Red Nichols. He has received the 'Golden Globe Award for Best Actor' twice.
He entered television with the CBS show 'See It Now' 1956 and went on to host his own variety show, 'The Danny Kaye Show' (1963–1967). He has also appeared on the live-action musical specials 'Pinocchio' and 'Peter Pan', and has guest starred on 'The Muppet Show' and 'The Cosby Show'.