Henny Youngman Biography (1906-1998)

Born January 12, 1906 (some sources say March 16, 1902), in London, England (some sources say Liverpool, England); immigrated to the United States; died of complications from influenza (one source says pneumonia), February 24, 1998, in New York City; married Sadie Cohen, c. 1928 (died, March 18, 1987); children: Gary (a film editor), Marilyn; grandchildren: two. Career: Comedian and actor. Henny Youngman and the Swanee Syncopaters, bandleader, mid-1920s; master of ceremonies and comedian, Catskills resorts and other venues, beginning in the early 1930s; first comedian of New York Telephone Company's Dial-a-Joke line, 1974. Performed in various theatres and nightclubs throughouthis career, including the London Palladium, London, England, and at New YorkCity sites, including Brooklyn's Fox Theatre and Paramount Theatre, Manhattan's Latin Quarter and the New York Yacht Club as well as the State Theatre and the Plaza Hotel's Persian Room; also appeared in other cities, including Atlantic City, NJ, and Las Vegas, NV. Played a violin, nicknamed "Stradivaricose," which was a prop in his act. Sometimes billed as Henry Youngman. Dubbed "the king of the one-liners." Also worked as a printer. Member: FriarsClub. Awards, Honors: Orange County Chapter of B'Nai B'rith Anti-Defamation League (California) Torch of Liberty Award, 1987; street corner named for him in the Manhattan borough of New York City.

Comedian, actor
Birth Details
January 12, 1906
London, England
Death Details
February 24, 1998
New York, New York, United States

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