Jimmy Durante

James Francis “Jimmy” Durante (February 10, 1893 – January 29, 1980) was an Italian American singer, pianist, comedian and actor. His distinctive clipped gravelly speech, comic language butchery, jazz-influenced songs, and large nose helped make him one of America’s most familiar and popular personalities of the 1920s through the 1970s.

Jimmy Durante

Jimmy Durante

Jimmy Durante

Jimmy Durante

Jimmy Durante from the television show, "The Hollywood Palace" (1964)

Jimmy Durante from the television show, “The Hollywood Palace” (1964)

Jimmy Durante with Margaret O´Brien in "Music for Millions" (1944)

Jimmy Durante with Margaret O´Brien in
“Music for Millions” (1944)

Jimmy Durante (right) with Buster Keaton and Thelma Todd in  "Speak Easily" (1932)

Jimmy Durante (right) with Buster Keaton and
Thelma Todd in “Speak Easily” (1932)

Jimmy Durante (center) with Charles R. Moore and Gertrude Niesen in "Start Cheering" (1938)

Jimmy Durante (center) with Charles R. Moore and
Gertrude Niesen in “Start Cheering” (1938)

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