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MILTON BERLE

BIOGRAPHY
 
Milton Berle

An Emmy-winning American comedian and actor.

As the host of NBC's Texaco Star Theater from 1948–1955, he was the first major star of television and as such became known as Uncle Miltie or Mr. Television to millions during TV's golden age.
Known as ’Uncle Milty’ from his regular TV show.

Berle appeared as a child actor in silent films, beginning with The Perils of Pauline 1914, filmed in Fort Lee, New Jersey, with Pearl White.

In 1916, Berle enrolled in the Professional Children's School, and at age 12 he made his stage debut in Florodora.

It catapulted him into a comedic career that spanned eight decades in nightclubs, Broadway shows, vaudeville, Las Vegas, films, television and radio.

By the early 1930s, Berle had become a successful stand-up comedian.

Berle continued to dabble in songwriting. With Ben Oakland and Milton Drake, Berle wrote the title song for the RKO Radio Pictures release Li'l Abner 1940.

In 1934–36, Berle was heard regularly on The Rudy Vallee Hour.He also made guest appearances on many comedy-variety radio programs during the 1930s and 1940s.

The Milton Berle Show brought Berle together with Arnold Stang, later a familiar face as Berle's TV sidekick.

His last radio series was The Texaco Star Theater, which began in 1948 on ABC and continued until 1949.

In 1948, NBC decided to bring Texaco Star Theater from radio to television, with Berle as one of the show's four rotating hosts. For the fall season, NBC named Berle the permanent host.

Berle and Texaco owned Tuesday nights for the next several years, reaching the number one slot in the Nielsen ratings and keeping it, with as much as an 80% share of the recorded viewing audience.

NBC signed him to an exclusive, unprecedented 30-year television contract in 1951. Berle wore out his welcome on television almost as quickly as he had built it.

NBC finally cancelled the Berle show in June 1956, after the controversy caused by Elvis Presley's uninhibited performance of "Hound Dog." Berle later appeared in the Kraft Music Hall series.

In Las Vegas, Berle played to packed showrooms at Caesars Palace, the Sands, the Desert Inn and other casino hotels.

As "Mr. Television," Berle was one of the first seven people to be inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1984.

In April 2001, Berle announced that he was suffering from a cancerous tumor in his colon, but would not undergo surgery.

Berle died less than one year later in 2002, at the age of 93 in Los Angeles, California.

Films include

1914: The Perils of Pauline
1917: Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
1920: The Mark of Zorro
1921: Little Lord Fauntleroy
1922: Tess of the Storm Country
1923: Ruth of the Range
1933: Poppin' the Cork
1937: New Faces of 1937
1938: Radio City Revels
1940: Li'l Abner (title song with Ben Oakland and Milton Drake)
1941: Tall, Dark and Handsome, The Great American Broadcast, Sun Valley Serenade, Rise and Shine
1942: A Gentleman at Heart, Whispering Ghosts, Over My Dead Body
1943: Margin for Error
1949: Always Leave Them Laughing
1960: The Bellboy
1960: Let's Make Love
1963: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
1965: The Loved One
1966: The Oscar, Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title
1967: The Happening, Who's Minding the Mint?
1968: Silent Treatment, Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows, For Singles Only
1969: Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?, Seven in Darkness
1972: Evil Roy Slade
1974: Journey Back to Oz
1975: Lepke
1976: Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood
1976 Let's Make a Deal
1979: The Muppet Movie
1985: Pee-wee's Big Adventure
1983: Cracking Up
1988: Side by Side
1991: Driving Me Crazy
1995: Storybook
2000: Two Heads Are Better Than None

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