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Danny Kaye Height, Weight, Age, Death, Net Worth, Siblings

Danny Kaye Quick Info
Height 5 ft 11 in
Weight 75 kg
Date of Birth January 18, 1911
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Date of Death March 3, 1987

Danny Kaye was an American actor, comedian, television presenter, singer, and dancer who is best remembered for his work in such films asĀ Wonder Man (1945), The Kid from Brooklyn (1946), On the Riviera (1951), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947), The Inspector General (1949), Hans Christian Andersen (1952), White Christmas (1954), Me and the Colonel (1958), The Court Jester (1955), etc.

Born Name

David Daniel Kaminsky

Nick Name

Danny, Duvidelleh

Danny Kaye as seen in a studio publicity photo from the early part of his career
Danny Kaye as seen in a studio publicity photo from the early part of his career (Wikiwatcher1 / Wikimedia / Public Domain)


He was born on January 18, 1911.


On March 3, 1987, he died from heart failure caused by internal bleeding and complications from hepatitis C in Los Angeles at the age of 76 years.

Sun Sign


Born Place

New York City, New York, United States





Actor, Comedian, Singer, Dancer, Television Presenter


  • Father – Jacob Kaminsky
  • Mother – Clara Nemerovsky
  • Siblings – Larry Kaminsky (Older Brother), Maxim ‘Mac’ Kaminsky (Older Brother)


Traditional Pop, Showtune, Children’s Music, Film Score




  • Decca Records
  • Capitol Records
  • Brunswick Records

Net Worth

Danny Kaye’s net worth was $10 million at the time of his death according to




5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm


75 kg or 165.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Boyfriend / Spouse

Danny Kaye had dated –

  1. James Starbuck
  2. Pat Kirkwood
  3. Jessie Matthews
  4. Shirley MacLaine
  5. Tab Hunter – RUMOR
  6. Sylvia Fine (1939-1987) – He began dating Sylvia Fine in 1939 and the couple officially became husband and wife on January 3, 1940. Together, they welcomed a daughter named Dena Kaye (b. December 17, 1946). Except for a brief separation in 1947 and 1948, the couple stayed mostly together till the end of Danny’s life in March 1987.
  7. Eve Arden (1946-1949)
  8. Laurence Olivier (1949-1950) – RUMOR
  9. Martha Hyer (1954)
  10. Princess Margaret (1957)
Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine as seen in the December 1945 issue of Tune In
Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine as seen in the December 1945 issue of Tune In (DS Publications / Wikimedia / Public Domain)

Race / Ethnicity


He had Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.

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Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • He was a redhead.
  • Dimpled smile
  • His exceptional ability to recite tongue twisters at a fast speed



Danny Kaye as seen in 1986
Danny Kaye as seen in 1986 (Allan Warren / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Danny Kaye Facts

  1. In 1954, he was appointed as the first ambassador-at-large of UNICEF. Furthermore, he was awarded the French Legion of Honour in 1986 for his decades’ worth of service to the organization.
  2. Danny dreamt of becoming a surgeon while growing up. However, he could not pursue his dream due to financial problems. Nevertheless, he was made an honorary member of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics later in his life.
  3. He became very passionate about Chinese cooking and went so far as to install a custom-built kitchen, which he called ‘Ying’s Thing’ in his house. Over the years, his cooking found admirers in the form of celebrities like Cary Grant, Shirley MacLaine, John Denver, Michael Caine, Itzhak Perlman, and esteemed French chef Paul Bocuse.
  4. Upon encountering his fans, Kaye would routinely be asked to recite the famous tongue twister ‘The Vessel With The Pestle’ dialogue from his 1955 film, The Court Jester. He obliged his fans by reciting the dialogue verbatim each time.
  5. He was also a licensed commercial pilot and a skilled golfer.
  6. When Bob Hope and Humphrey Bogart were asked about their favorite comedian, they both cited Kaye.
  7. He remained an ardent fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers throughout his life. Moreover, he recorded a song titled “The D-O-D-G-E-R-S Song (Oh really? No, O’Malley!) in honor of the team.

Featured Image by Wikiwatcher1 / Wikimedia / Public Domain

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