Davy Kaye

Davy Kaye

British comedian and entertainer
Date of Birth: 25.03.1916
Country: Great Britain

  1. Biography of Davy Kaye
  2. Early Career
  3. War Years and Entertainment
  4. Post-War Career
  5. Onscreen Work
  6. Stage and Other Endeavors
  7. Later Career and Philanthropy
  8. Personal Life and Legacy

Biography of Davy Kaye

David Kodeish, known professionally as Davy Kaye, was a British comedy actor and entertainer. He was born on March 25, 1916, to Koppel and Dora Kodeish, London Jews. Despite being born prematurely and facing doubts about his survival, Davy overcame the odds and thrived.

Davy Kaye

Early Career

Davy began participating in amateur revues and theatrical productions while still in school, mostly in the school's drama club. His professional debut came in 1935 on the stage of the Mile End Empire. However, the outbreak of World War II interrupted his career aspirations.

Davy Kaye

War Years and Entertainment

Davy attempted to join the Royal Armed Forces, but his small stature, at just 150 cm tall, prevented his enlistment. Instead, he spent the war years as part of entertainment brigades, entertaining soldiers at airbases, army camps, and factories producing war equipment. He also performed on the radio during this time.

Post-War Career

After the war, Davy toured with his own revue and formed a partnership with his agent, Joe Collins, who was the father of writer Jackie Collins and actress Joan Collins. This partnership lasted for over 30 years. In 1953, Davy played the role of Benny Southstreet in the original London production of the musical "Guys and Dolls" at the Coliseum Theatre.

Onscreen Work

Davy made his film debut in 1956 in the comedy "Fun at St. Fanny's." However, he was not a frequent presence on the silver screen, preferring the stage to screen acting. He played a total of 24 roles in movies and TV series throughout his career. His most active period in terms of filming occurred between 1962 and 1972.

Stage and Other Endeavors

Davy regularly performed shows at the Embassy Club in London from 1954 to 1968. He also played leading roles in plays such as Bernard Shaw's "Androcles and the Lion" and "The Bishop's Bonfire" at the Mermaid Theatre. Additionally, he had a passion for pantomime.

Later Career and Philanthropy

In the 1980s, Davy appeared in TV series such as "Sapphire and Steel" and "Young Sherlock: The Mystery of the Manor House." He made his final television appearance on the "Barrymore Show," where he performed his famous "One-Man Band" routine. Throughout his career, Davy raised over a million pounds for various charitable causes, including leukemia research. In recognition of his philanthropic efforts, he was awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1995.

Personal Life and Legacy

Davy was married to Hazel Wilson, but they later divorced. He had two children, actor Kaplan Kaye and actress Melody Kaye. Davy Kaye passed away on February 4, 1998, at the age of 81 in the Bahamas.