(1882 - 1964)
Eddie Cantor was born in New York City in 1892. After becoming
a smash hit in vaudeville, Ziegfeld signed him for his Midnight
Frolics and then the Follies of 1917, 1918, 1919 and 1923.
From there he went to films in the 1920s, starring in Whoopee,
Kid from Spain and Kid Millions. After an appearance on Rudy Vallees Fleischmann Hour in 1931, Cantor's radio career began to
By the early 30s, Eddie Cantor had become the highest-rated star
on radio. For seven years, his Chase & Sanborn Hour on
NBC garnered immense ratings. Cantor was the second most recognizable
person in Americasecond only to President Roosevelt, for whom
he created the March of Dimes to help in the fight against polio.
Cantors sign-off lineI love to spend each Sunday
with youwas followed frequently by a pitch for a charitable
or patriotic cause. He received a Presidential Citation for his
dedication to charity. A union activist, Cantor was the first national
president of AFRA and SAG.
Cantor also made the successful transition to television on the Colgate Comedy Hour, making him one of the few performers
to reach star status on stage, screen, radio and television.
Eddie Cantor died on October 10, 1964.
Museum of Broadcast Communications, Radio Hall of Fame