Cantor, Eddie (Edward Israel Iskowitz)

(1892–1964)
   US comedian. A product of the Lower East Side, New York, Eddie Cantor was a vaudeville star in his teens. He became a major attraction in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1917, 1918, and 1919 and on the European music-hall circuit. After the depression, he turned to Hollywood, and starred in such comedy classics as The Kid from Spain (1933) and Roman Scandals (1934). Through these films, his droll face with its protruding eyes and his banjo became familiar to millions all over the world.
   He gave generously of his time to philanthropic causes, such as the March of Dimes. A committed Jew and Zionist, Cantor flung himself into work for the United Jewish Appeal and on behalf of refugees from Nazi Germany. He was president of the Jewish Theatrical Guild and the Screen Actors Guild. His reminiscences are contained in three autobiographical works.

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  • Cantor, Eddie — orig. Edward Israel Iskowitz born Jan. 31, 1892, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Oct. 10, 1964, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calif. U.S. comedian and singer. As a child, Cantor clowned and sang for coins on street corners in his native New York City. He… …   Universalium

  • Cantor, Eddie — orig. Edward Israel Iskowitz (31 ene. 1892, Nueva York, N.Y., EE.UU.–10 oct. 1964, Hollywood, Los Ángeles, Cal.). Comediante y cantante estadounidense. En su niñez hacía payasadas y cantaba por unas monedas en las esquinas de su ciudad natal,… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Cantor, Eddie (Iskowitz, Edward Israel) — (1892 1964)    American entertainer. Born in New York, he began to tour with a comedy blackface act; eventually he went on the vaudeville circuits. He starred in various musicals and films. During the early years of television, he became a… …   Dictionary of Jewish Biography

  • Eddie Cantor — Born Edward Israel Iskowitz January 31, 1892(1892 01 31) New York City, New York, U.S. Died October 10, 1964 …   Wikipedia

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