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|Known for:||White Christmas, The Court Jester, Hans Christian Andersen|
|Birth name:||David Daniel Kaminski|
|Birthday:||18 January 1913, Brooklyn, New York, USA|
|Height:||5' 11" (1.80 m)|
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TriviaOne of the original owners of the Seattle Mariners professional baseball team. Interred at Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, New York, USA. Died of hepatitis and internal bleeding, the result of a transfusion of contaminated blood during bypass heart surgery four years earlier. Was the first choice of producers to star in the Broadway musical "The Music Man." According to daughter Dena Kaye, for the rest of his life, whenever someone would recognize him in public, they would run up to him and recite the "pellet with the poison . . . " speech from The Court Jester (1955). He had a passion for Chinese cooking and built a kitchen in his house. For years, he invited people (some of them great celebrities like Shirley MacLaine, Michael Caine, Cary Grant, John Denver, and Itzhak Perlman) and he would show them what his cooking genius was about. Qualified guests, like French chef Paul Bocuse, said they were really amazed by Kaye's cooking ability. He was an excellent pilot. Served as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. He was a very talented storyteller, although he had trouble mimicking a woman's voice. Originally considered for the leading role in "It Should Happen to You" (1954). The stage musical "The Kid from Brooklyn," which chronicled Kaye's life, implied a tempestuous affair with his radio co-star Eve Arden and, at the very least, a dalliance with Laurence Olivier. He was a liberal Democrat who opposed the Hollywood blacklist. Conducted the Philharmonic Orchestra at New York's Carnegie Hall (10th March 1958) with his feet! This being a benefit concert, of course.