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George Jessel (George Albert Jessel)

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Biography

New York City, New York, USA
George Jessel gained fame in vaudeville, where it was not uncommon for him--and other performers, such as Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor--to perform in blackface, and in fact at age 11 Jessel was Cantor's vaudeville partner. Jessel acted in several movies in the '30s and became a respected film producer. He was also a prolific songwriter, and was noted for his renditions of "Sonny Boy" and "My Yiddishe Mama". In his later years he made many guest appearances (always as himself) on radio, in occasional movies and on TV. Read more...

Actor

Character: Himself

The I Don't Care Girl 1953

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Character: MC Grammy Awards

Valley of the Dolls 1967

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Character: Mr. Fessel

The Busy Body 1967

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Character: Himself

Reds 1981

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Character: Himself

The Judy Garland Show 1963

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Character: Himself

Texaco Star Theatre 1948

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Character: Himself

Over Easy 1977

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Character: Guest New Talent Presenter

Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine 1962

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Character: Himself

The Dean Martin Show 1965

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Character: Schluessel

77 Sunset Strip 1958

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Character: Himself

Laugh-In 1967

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Character: Eulogist at Funeral

Vega$ 1978

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Character: Himself

The Dick Cavett Show 1968

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Writing