Mostly Credited As: Eddie Cantor
Sometimes Credited As: Banjo Eyes
Birth Name: Edward Israel Iskowitz
Date Of Birth: January 31, 1892 (Age 72)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: New York City, New York
Date Of Death: October 10, 1964
Cause Of Death: Heart attack in Beverly Hills, CA
Height: 5' 8" (1.72 m)
Legendary vaudeville and radio comedian nicknamed "Banjo Eyes." Though nearly forgotten today, Cantor had the number one radio program in the country throughout much of the 1930's eclipsing such comics as Jack Benny, Fred Allen, Burns & Allen, and Bob Hope. He was also famous for discovering new talent. The most famous of these discoveries was Dinah Shore. Cantor made the transition from radio to television when he became one of the revolving hosts of the NBC variety series The Colgate Comedy Hour. Unfortunately, Cantor's stint on this program was cut short by a heart attack. He cut back his show biz career after that and retired completely after the death of his beloved wife, Ida, in 1962.
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One of Cantor's running gags on his radio program was the difficulty of raising his five daughters.
Was close friends with legendary singer Al Jolson.
Was informed in advance that he would be appearing on This is Your Life because the producers felt that if was surprised it might induce another heart attack.
Was raised by his grandmother after both his parents died when he was young.
Served as president of the Screen Actors Guild. from 1933-35
Eddie Cantor Quotes
Cantor: It's nice to be important but it's more important to be nice.
Cantor: A wedding is a funeral where you smell your own flowers.
Cantor: It takes twenty years to make an overnight success.
Cantor: Marriage is an attempt to solve problems together which you didn't even have when you were on your own.