Danny Kaye

kaye1January 18, 1913 – March 3, 1987

Danny Kaye was a actor, singer and comedian known for his physical comedy and rapid-patter nonsensical singing. Born in Brooklyn, David Daniel Kaminsky was destined to be an entertainer from an early age. As a teenager, he worked on vaudeville stages and in pantomime acts. He went on to star in films, television programs and on Broadway. He was given his own, short-lived radio program in 1945 which co-starred Eve Arden (with whom he also had a romantic relationship) and Harry James. Kaye had a myriad of other interests besides entertaining. He was an avid golfer, a pilot and a chef. He loved baseball, music and charitable causes. He was named the first ever ambassador-at-large for UNICEF and traveled the world promoting its causes for children. The last four years of his life, he was mired with heart and blood problems. In 1987, he died of a heart attack following a bout of hepatitis.

Burial

Kensico Cemetery – Valhalla, NY

Specific Location

Section 19; Danny and his wife’s ashes are interred in a bench to the east of and across Tecumseh Ave. from Mineola Lake, the bench is clearly visible from the road but his name on it is not (hint: it’s on the chef’s hat on the engraving).

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