His eye-rolling song-and-dance routines eventually led to his nickname, "Banjo Eyes". January 31, 1892 Michael Zegen Benjamin 'Bugsy' Siegel. Several radio historians, including Gerald Nachman (Raised on Radio), have said that this gag did not always sit well with the girls. 39 Actor. Fields. Music and lyrics by George M. Cohan. Cantor was also a composer, with his most famous song seldom attributed to him. Eddie Cantor has been portrayed as a recurring character on HBO's series Boardwalk Empire, beginning with the introduction of the show in 2010, where he is played by Stephen DeRosa. "Life's a Very Funny Proposition" (sung by Stephen DeRosa as Eddie Cantor) in "A Return to Normalcy". Other references can be found in "Baby Bottleneck" (Clampett, 1946) and "Circus Today" (Tex Avery, 1940). National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company, A Few Moments With Eddie Cantor, Star of "Kid Boots", Screen Snapshots: Hollywood's Happy Homes, File:Eddie Cantor and daughters ad postcard 1926.JPG, https://www.nytimes.com/1964/10/11/eddie-cantor-dead-comedy-slar-was-72.html, http://movies2.nytimes.com/books/first/g/goldman-banjo.html, https://jewishtimes.com/73343/whoopee/arts_life/, "Eddie Cantor Dead. Familiar to Broadway, radio, movie, and early television audiences, this "Apostle of Pep" was regarded almost as a family member by millions because his top-rated radio shows revealed intimate … In addition to film and radio, Cantor recorded for Hit of the Week Records, then again for Columbia, for Banner and Decca and various small labels. Three suspended glasses of champagne later, I’m speaking with Stephen DeRosa, who plays the outlandishly burlesque Eddie Cantor on Boardwalk. Ann B. Davis on one of her first appearances on television, on the Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater, before getting her regular role on The Bob Cummings Show, aka Love That Bob They sold well, and H. L. Mencken asserted that these books did more to pull America out of the Great Depression than all government measures combined. The Cantor gag that got the most mileage, however, was his oft-repeated wish for a son after five famous daughters. [Citation needed] George Burns, in his memoir All My Best Friends, claimed that Warner Bros. created a miracle producing the movie in that "it made Eddie Cantor's life boring". Cantor's character appeared in three episodes of the show's first season, one episode of the second season, two of the third and one of the fourth seasons. He began the first campaign on his radio show in January 1938, asking listeners to mail a dime to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. 1, 2, 3, 4 He's Makin' Eyes at Me", "Baby", "Margie", and "How Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree)?" His charity and humanitarian work was extensive, and he is credited with coining the phrase, and helping to develop the March of Dimes. What is known is that he was born in New York City, the son of Mechel Iskowitz (also Michael), an amateur violinist, and his wife, Meta Kantrowitz Iskowitz (also Maite), a young Jewish couple from Belarus. [13] He moved on to stardom in book musicals, starting with Kid Boots (1923) and Whoopee! In 1933, artist Frederick J. Garner caricatured Cantor with large round eyes resembling the drum-like pot of a banjo. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. He is based on the real-life entertainer of the same name. Other co-stars with Cantor during his time in the Follies included Will Rogers, Marilyn Miller, Fanny Brice and W.C. Fields. Natalie's second husband was the actor Robert Clary and Janet married the actor Roberto Gari.[9]. The guests are delighted with the themed design. Eddie Cantor (born Isidore Itzkowitz;[1][2] January 31, 1892 – October 10, 1964) was an American "illustrated song" performer, comedian, dancer, singer, actor, and songwriter. That didn’t work out and … “You’d Be Surprised” was the last of the first batch of Boardwalk Empire episodes that HBO sent to critics before the season started, and for those critics who watched all five before filing their preseason reviews, I can sort of understand why they might have taken such a dismissive stance toward the show. Cantor also discovered and helped guide the career of singer Dinah Shore, first featuring her on his radio show in 1940, as well as other performers, including Deanna Durbin, Bobby Breen in 1936 and Eddie Fisher in 1949. Comedy Star Was 72. Eddie Cantor packs a suitcase in his hotel room when there's a knock on the door. He continued to appear as a guest on several shows, and was last seen on the NBC color broadcast of The Future Lies Ahead on January 22, 1960, which also featured Mort Sahl. [22] Re-issued on DVD as Eddie Cantor in Person, the hour-long episode is a virtual video autobiography, with Eddie recounting his career, singing his greatest hits, and recreating his singing-waiter days with another vaudeville legend, his old pal Jimmy Durante. His radio sidekicks included Bert Gordon, (comic Barney Gorodetsky, AKA "The Mad Russian") and Harry Parke (better known as "Parkyakarkus"). This hour-long Sunday evening variety series teamed Cantor with announcer Jimmy Wallington and violinist Dave Rubinoff. In the 1950s Eddie Cantor had his own television show, entertaining a live audience. The show established Cantor as a leading comedian, and his scriptwriter, David Freedman, as “the Captain of Comedy.” Freedman's team included, among others, Samuel "Doc" Kurtzman, who also wrote for song-and-dance man, Al Jolson, and the comedian Jack Benny. On May 25, 1944, pioneer television station WPTZ (now KYW-TV) in Philadelphia presented a special, all-star telecast which was also seen in New York over WNBT (now WNBC) and featured cut-ins from their Rockefeller Center studios. P.J. Age The song, "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town", immediately had orders for 100,000 copies of sheet music the next day. Cantor suffered a heart attack following a September 1952 Colgate broadcast, and thereafter, curtailed his appearances until his final program in 1954. Actor Keefe Brasselle played Cantor as a caricature with high-pressure dialogue and bulging eyes wide open; the fact that Brasselle was considerably taller than Cantor did not lend realism, either. In the spring of 1952, Cantor landed in an unlikely controversy when a young Sammy Davis, Jr., appeared as a guest performer. NBC relented, but the sound was cut and the picture blurred on certain lines in the song. Cantor embraced Davis and mopped Davis's brow with his handkerchief after his performance. He continued in the Follies until 1927,[12] a period considered the best years of the long-running revue. Cantor as host of The Colgate Comedy Hour, 1952. [12] On tour with Banjo Eyes, he romanced the unknown Jacqueline Susann, who had a small part in the show, and went on to become the best-selling author of Valley of the Dolls. A year later, Cantor made his Broadway debut in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1917. "Vaudeville, Old & New: An Encyclopedia of Variety Performers" (2007). ("Broadway Limited"), Nonetheless, Nucky Thompson remains a fan of Cantor himself. Cantor, one of the first major stars to agree to appear on television, was to sing "We're Havin' a Baby, My Baby and Me". One of his earliest paying jobs was doubling as a waiter and performer, singing for tips at Carey Walsh's Coney Island saloon, where a young Jimmy Durante accompanied him on piano. Stephen DeRosa as Eddie Cantor; Christopher McDonald as Harry Daugherty; Arron Shiver as Dean O'Banion; Kevin Csolak as William "Willie" Thompson; Greg Antonacci as Johnny Torrio; Dominic Chianese as Leander Whitlock; Charlie Plummer as Michael Thompson; Joseph Riccobene as Frankie Yale; Pearce Bunting as Bill McCoy; William Forsythe as Munya … Cantor's character appeared in three episodes of the show's first season, one episode of the second season, two of the third. Cantor was depicted as a balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade,[21] one of the very few balloons based on a real person. Watch Boardwalk Empire: You'd Be Surprised from Season 3 at TVGuide.com. At that time, Roosevelt was the most notable American victim of polio. [8] No birth certificate existed for him, not unusual for someone born in New York in the 19th century. He also wrote a few songs, including "Merrily We Roll Along", the Merrie Melodies Warner Bros. cartoon theme. When worried sponsors led NBC to threaten cancellation of the show, Cantor's response was to book Davis for two more weeks. This is considered the first instance of television censorship.[19]. Other entertainers joined in the appeal via their own shows, and the White House mail room was deluged with 2,680,000 dimes—a large sum at the time. In 1935, along with Charles Tobias and Murray Mencher, Cantor wrote "Merrily We Roll Along", which he recorded in the 1950s. A saga of wailing Wall street', OCLC Number: 381325", "From "The Warner Bros. Eddie Cantor (born Isidore Itzkowitz; [1] [2] January 31, 1892 – October 10, 1964) was an American "illustrated song" performer, comedian, dancer, singer, actor, and songwriter. He continued making films over the next two decades until his last starring role in If You Knew Susie (1948). His NBC radio show, Time to Smile, was broadcast from 1940 to 1946, followed by his Pabst Blue Ribbon Show from 1946 through 1949. His shows began with a crowd chanting "We want Can-tor! He was offered the lead in The Jazz Singer after it was turned down by George Jessel. Cantor appears as a recurring character, played by Stephen DeRosa, on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. (Some were "as told to" or written with David Freedman.) Routledge. It generally accepted that he was born in 1892, though the day is subject to debate, with either January 31 or Rosh Hashanah, which would have been on September 10 or September 11, being reported. In 1933, a set of 12 Eddie Cantor caricatures by Frederick J. Garner was published by Brown and Bigelow. Aldermen Jim Neary, George O'Neill and Damien Fleming are also there. Boardwalk Empire Wiki is a FANDOM TV Community. [4][5][6] Though it was reported Cantor was an orphan, his mother dying in childbirth and his father of pneumonia, official records say otherwise; Meta died from complications of tuberculosis when Cantor was a year old and the fate of Mechel is unclear, as no death certificate exists for him, and, given Mechel's poor history as a husband, he may have simply abandoned his infant son. Cantor soon became the world's highest-paid radio star. 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Beginning with "I Like Mountain Music" (1933), other animated Cantor cameos include "Shuffle Off to Buffalo" (Harman-Ising, 1933) and "Billboard Frolics" (Friz Freleng, 1935). Probably the best summary of Cantor's career is on one of the Colgate Comedy Hour shows. ", https://web.archive.org/web/20111007104507/http://www.i-foo.com/~eocostello/wbcc/eowbcc-c.html, "Floating back in time with Macy's balloons, 1940, photo No.11", http://www.nydailynews.com/news/galleries/entertainment/entertainment.html, Cantor's Sidekick: Bert 'The Mad Russian' Gordon @WFMU, https://three-stooges.fandom.com/wiki/Eddie_Cantor?oldid=5505, Actor, comedian, dancer, singer-songwriter, "The Eddie Cantor Story: A Jewish Life in Performance and Politics" by David Weinstein (2017) UPNE/Brandeis University Press. He also served as emcee of The $64 Question during 1949–50, and hosted a weekly disc jockey program for Philip Morris during the 1952–53 season. With the full set, companies could mail a single Cantor card each month for a year to their selected special customers as an ongoing promotion. For several years, Cantor co-starred in an act with pioneer comedian Bert Williams, both appearing in blackface; Cantor played Williams's fresh-talking son. During the June 1920 Republican National Convention at Chicago, campaign manager Harry Daugherty brags that his candidate Warren G. Harding has signed famous entertainer Al Jolson to write his campaign song. The following is a list of characters from the HBO television show Boardwalk Empire.The show dramatizes the prohibition era in Atlantic City and the early history of the American Mafia.Many of the characters on the show are fictional. "Carrickfergus" over the final scenes in "Nights in Ballygran", as sung by Loudon Wainwright III. Boardwalk Empire: The Real Dangerous Maid “A Dangerous Maid” the title of Episode 3 of the second season of Boardwalk Empire, first manifested itself when Eddie Cantor came over to see the pregnant and very lonely Lucy Danziger. In "Farm Frolics" (Bob Clampett, 1941), a horse, asked by the narrator to "do a canter", promptly launches into a singing, dancing, eye-rolling impression. "My Buddy" sung by Stephen Graham (and Henry Burr) at the end of "Blue Bell Boy." (Bob McKimson, 1950). In Washington, Gaston Means sees opportunity in a Senate investigation of Harry Daugherty and the Justice Department. From 1921 through 1925, he had an exclusive contract with Columbia Records, returning to Victor for the remainder of the decade. Cantor and Ida were married in 1914. She set her eyes on Nucky (Steve Buscemi) as a means to star on Broadway. Cantor is stunned to learn Lucy has been knocked up by a married Prohibition agent she met in a speakeasy. Eddie Cantor (portrayed by Stephen DeRosa) is a renowned American "illustrated song" performer, comedian, dancer, singer, actor and vaudevillian. Seasons Arriving shortly before airtime at the New York studios, Cantor was reportedly told to cut the song because the NBC New York censors considered some of the lyrics too risqué. Stephen DeRosa returned as Eddie Cantor and he brought along a showgirl he affectionately called Pumpkin (played by Maddie Jo Landers). Following the death of their daughter Marjorie at the age of 44, both Eddie and Ida's health declined rapidly. Cantor's character appeared in three episodes of the show's first season, one episode of the second season, two of the third. Eddie and Ida Cantor were seen in a brief prologue and epilogue set in a projection room, where they are watching Brasselle in action; at the end of the film, Eddie tells … Ida died on August 9, 1962 at age 70 of "cardiac insufficiency",[10][11] and Eddie died on October 10, 1964, in Beverly Hills, California, after suffering his second heart attack at age 72. Eddie Cantor . There is also discrepancy as to his name; both his 1957 autobiography and The New York Times obituary for Cantor listed his birth name as Isidore Iskowitch but newer articles, published after the 20th century, list his birth name as Edward Israel Itzkowitz. ... Plummer began his career as a child actor in short films before appearing on the television dramas Boardwalk Empire and Granite Flats. ("Boardwalk Empire"). Some of his hits include "Makin' Whoopee", "Ida", "If You Knew Susie", "Ma! by JULIO MARTINEZ [dropcap]In [/dropcap] the 2010-14 HBO series Boardwalk Empire, Eddie Cantor (played by Stephen DeRosa) is prominently featured as an up-and-coming song-and-dance entertainer plying his trade in 1920s Atlantic City, under the patronage of local political/bootleg kingpin Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (Steve Buscemi). The film found an audience but might have done better with someone else in the leading role. Cantor tries then to cheer Lucy up by telling her how happy her daughters make him, and then gives her booze, cigarettes and a copy of the play "A Dangerous Maid" telling her how good it would be if she auditioned for the role. Cantor's popularity led to merchandising of such products as Eddie Cantor's Tell It to the Judge game from Parker Brothers. ... Stephen DeRosa Eddie Cantor. Cantor was one of the era's most successful entertainers, but the 1929 stock market crash took away his multimillionaire status and left him deeply in debt. Cantor performing for a private party at the Ritz Carlton. Aline Macmahon Grandma Esther . Cantor had adopted the first name "Eddie" when he met his future wife Ida Tobias in 1913, because she felt that "Izzy" was not the right name for an actor. It was adapted as the themesong for the Merrie Melodies series of animated cartoons, distributed by Warner Brothers Pictures between 1937 and 1964. Previous 'Boardwalk Empire' coverage: Critical praise from that show got the attention of Broadway's top producer, Florenz Ziegfeld, who gave Cantor a spot in the Ziegfeld rooftop post-show, Midnight Frolic (1917).[8]. They had five daughters, Marjorie, Natalie, Edna, Marilyn, and Janet, who provided comic fodder for Cantor's longtime running gag, especially on radio, about his five unmarriageable daughters. Also Known As. The first season of the HBO television series Boardwalk Empire premiered on September 19, 2010 and concluded on December 5, 2010, consisting of 12 episodes. Alex Gerry David Tobias . ("A Return to Normalcy"), Eddie Cantor returns to Atlantic City in March 1921, this time at the request of the depressed Lucy, who is then pregnant and living in near isolation at Nelson Van Alden's boarding house. After venting with Nucky about his liquor travails, Rothstein sends Gyp an unequivocal message in Tabor Heights. For several years Cantor co-starred in an act with pioneer comedian Bert Williams, both appearing in blackface; Cantor played Williams's fresh-talking son. Cantor's theme song was his own lyric to the Leo Robin/Richard Whiting song, "One Hour with You". Eddie Cantor is one of the four "down on their luck" stars (along with Bing Crosby, Al Jolson, and Jack Benny) snubbed by Elmer Fudd in "What’s Up, Doc?" Eddie Cantor has been portrayed as a recurring character on HBO's series Boardwalk Empire, beginning with the introduction of the show in 2010, where he is played by Stephen DeRosa. [Citation needed]. [Citation needed], Something closer to the real Eddie Cantor story is his self-produced feature Show Business (1944), a valentine to vaudeville and show folks, which was RKO's top-grossing film that year. He jokes that when he asked the taxi cabby to bring him there he told him to run away and don't look back, but retires it after a surprised Lucy asks him if the neighbourhood is that bad. Nucky replies nonchalantly that "Eddie Cantor is better". Cantor also bounced between films and radio. [3] Familiar to Broadway, radio, movie, and early television audiences, this "Apostle of Pep" was regarded almost as a family member by millions because his top-rated radio shows revealed intimate stories and amusing anecdotes about his wife Ida and five daughters. Afterwards he thanks Babette and Nucky for their support. By his early teens, Cantor began winning talent contests at local theaters and started appearing on stage. Film Details. Cantor's character appeared in three episodes of the show's first season, one episode of the second season, two of the third and one of the fourth seasons. In the meantime Sheriff Eli Thompson enters and instantly recognizes Cantor, prompting his brother Nucky to scorn him for not paying enough attention to their serious situation. Costello, ed. In "Porky’s Naughty Nephew" (Clampett, 1938) a swimming Cantor gleefully adopts a "buoy". Billie gets a new co-star to revive her faltering sh… ISBN 0-415-93853-8, p. 193. Arthur Franz Harry Harris . Three Stooges Wiki is a FANDOM TV Community. [10] He is interred in Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery, a Jewish cemetery, in Culver City, California. Nucky has Eddie bring his mistress Billie Kent with him, ostensibly to provide musical entertainment for the crowd. Birthplace Eddie Cantor 7 episodes, 2010-2013 Enid Graham ... Rose Van Alden 7 episodes, 2010-2011 Curt Bouril ... Clifford Lathrop 7 episodes, 2011-2012 Ty Robinson ... Samuel Crawford 7 episodes, 2011-2013 Justiin A. Davis ("Resolution"). The series was created by Terence Winter and based on the book Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City by Nelson Johnson. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. A Saga of Wailing Wall Street[18] in 1929 "A.C." (After Crash), and Yoo-Hoo, Prosperity! Eddie Cantor (portrayed by Stephen DeRosa) is a renowned American "illustrated song" performer, comedian, dancer, singer, actor and vaudevillian. Cantor's appearance with Rudy Vallee on Vallee's The Fleischmann's Yeast Hour on February 5, 1931 led to a four-week tryout with NBC's The Chase and Sanborn Hour. It was a play on The March of Time newsreels popular at the time. Cantor was often caricatured on the covers of sheet music and in magazines and newspapers. 1 - Original Soundtrack on AllMusic - 2011 - Too often, when a soundtrack to a period film or… He had previously appeared in a number of short films, performing his Follies songs and comedy routines, and two silent features (Special Delivery and Kid Boots) in the 1920s. [7][4] His grandmother, Esther Kantrowitz (died January 29, 1917), took custody of him, and referred to him as Izzy and Itchik, both diminutives for Isidor, and his last name, due to a clerical error, was thought to be Kantrowitz and shortened to Kanter. Cullen, Frank; Hackman, Florence; McNeilly, Donald. A couple of days later, Nucky entertains guests in his suite at the Ritz Carlton. Reports and accounts of Cantor's early life often conflict with one another. Cantor's eyes became his trademark, often exaggerated in illustrations, and leading to his appearance on Broadway in the musical Banjo Eyes (1941). He invented the title "The March of Dimes" for the donation campaigns of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, which was organized to combat polio. Other co-stars with Cantor during his time in the Follies included Will Rogers, Marilyn Miller, Fanny Brice, and W.C. Nucky's party is a huge success. ... but with New Years came back round to Boardwalk Empire and noticed something for the first time, Lewis sounds way off in the pilot. Pages using duplicate arguments in template calls, Pages containing cite templates with deprecated parameters, American people of Russian-Jewish descent, Burials at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery. How Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree)? In Merrie Melodies, "The Coo-Coo Nut Grove" Cantor's many daughters are referenced by a group of singing quintuplet girls. [Citation needed], Warner Bros., in an attempt to duplicate the box-office success of The Jolson Story, filmed a big-budget Technicolor feature film, The Eddie Cantor Story (1953). Eddie and Ida Cantor were seen in a brief prologue and epilogue set in a projection room, where they are watching Brasselle in action; at the end of the film, Eddie tells Ida, "I never looked better in my life"... and gives the audience a knowing, incredulous look. Think about when he feels cornered by Nucky or Chalky and drops the facade. Indicative of his effect on the mass audience, he agreed in November 1934 to introduce a new song by the songwriters J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie that other well-known artists had rejected as being "silly" and "childish". Stephen DeRosa. • The song that Eddie Cantor sings at the end is "Life's A Funny Proposition After All." However, Cantor's relentless attention to his own earnings to avoid the poverty he knew growing up caused him to use his writing talent, quickly building a new bank account with his highly popular, bestselling books of humor and cartoons about his experience, Caught Short! Actor Keefe Brasselle played Cantor as a caricature with high-pressure dialogue and bulging eyes wide open; the fact that Brasselle was considerably taller than Cantor did not lend realism, either. "Slap-Happy Pappy" (Clampett, 1940) features an “Eddie Cackler” rooster that wants a boy, to little avail. Eddie Cantor was portrayed as a recurring character on HBO's series Boardwalk Empire, beginning with the introduction of the show in 2010, where he is played by Stephen DeRosa. At the 1939 New York World's Fair, Cantor publicly denounced antisemitic radio personality Father Charles Coughlin and, subsequently, dropped by his radio sponsor, Camel cigarettes. In the early 1960s he syndicated a short radio segment, "Ask Eddie Cantor".[16][17]. Cantor refused, claiming no time to prepare an alternative number. In 1955, he appeared in a filmed series for syndication and a year later, appeared in two dramatic roles ("George Has A Birthday", on NBC's Matinee Theatre broadcast in color, and "Sizeman and Son" on CBS's Playhouse 90). ("Hold Me in Paradise"), He acts again in Atlantic City the night of the 1920 presidential election, at Babette's Supper Club, where he sings the song "Life's a Very Funny Proposition". He answers it to see Chalky White (Michael Kenneth Williams) and … Marilyn Erskine Ida [Tobias] Cantor . He made his first public appearance in Vaudeville in 1907 at New York's Clinton Music Hall. Cartoon Companion", E.O. Eddie Cantor performs jokes to a packed theatre in January 1920, with Lucy Danziger and Nucky Thompson in the audience. The Eddie Cantor Story (1954) Eddie Cantor is probably best known today as a character played expertly by Stephen De Rosa on Boardwalk Empire.For a fuller sense of the man's stardom check out this genial biopic, with Cantor appearing briefly as himself before Keefe Brasselle takes over the title role. These advertising cards were purchased in bulk as a direct-mail item by such businesses as auto body shops, funeral directors, dental laboratories, and vegetable wholesale dealers. and one of the fourth season. Cantor was the only subject who was told of the "surprise" in advance; he was recovering from a heart attack and it was felt that the shock might harm him. Birthdate Eddie Cantor, with Jane Kesner Ardmore, Take My Life, Mr. Cantor's second autobiography, 1957. International, United Press (1964-10-11). It sold 400,000 copies by Christmas of that year.[15]. 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