About Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor (born January 31, 1892 – October 10, 1964) was an American “illustrated song” performer, comedian, dancer, singer, vaudevillian, actor, and songwriter. Some of his hits include “Makin’ Whoopee”, “Ida (Sweet as Apple Cider)”, “If You Knew Susie”, “Ma! He’s Making Eyes at Me”, “Mandy” and “My Baby Just Cares for Me”. His charity and humanitarian work was extensive, and he helped to develop March of Dimes (and is credited with coining its name). Cantor was awarded an honorary Oscar in 1956 for distinguished service to the film industry. He made his first public appearance in Vaudeville in 1907 at New York’s Clinton Music Hall.
Cantor had previously appeared in a number of short films, performing his ‘Follies’ songs and comedy routines, and two silent features, ‘Special Delivery’ and ‘Kid Boots’, in the 1920s. He was offered the lead in ‘The Jazz Singer’, however he turned the role down, but became a leading Hollywood star in 1930 with the film version of ‘Whoopee!’, shot in two-color Technicolor. He continued making films over the next two decades until his last starring role in ‘If You Knew Susie’, in 1948. From 1950 to 1954, Cantor was also a regular guest host on the television variety series ‘The Colgate Comedy Hour’. Learn More…