Kenny Baker (American performer)
in the trailer for Stage Door Canteen (1943)
|Born||Kenneth Laurence Baker
September 30, 1912
Monrovia, California, U.S.
|Died||August 10, 1985
Solvang, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Film, radio, stage actor and singer|
Kenneth Laurence "Kenny" Baker (September 30, 1912 – August 10, 1985) was an American singer and actor who first gained notice as the featured singer on radio's The Jack Benny Program during the 1930s.
At the height of his radio fame, and after leaving the Benny show in 1939 (succeeded by Dennis Day, whose tenor was similar to Baker's), he appeared in seventeen film musicals, including Mr. Dodd Takes the Air (1937), At the Circus (1939), and The Harvey Girls (1946). He also starred in the 1939 movie version of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado. He later co-starred with Mary Martin in the original Broadway production of Kurt Weill and Ogden Nash's One Touch of Venus (1943). He returned to radio as a regular performer on Fred Allen's Texaco Star Theater program (1940–1942). In 1948, his quarter-hour radio program, Sincerely--Kenny Baker, was syndicated by Frederick W. Ziv Company via electrical transcription.
- "Ziv ad" (PDF). Broadcasting. May 17, 1948. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- King of Burlesque (1936)
- Mr. Dodd Takes the Air (1937)
- The King and the Chorus Girl (1937)
- The Goldwyn Follies (1938)
- At the Circus (1939)
- The Mikado (1939)
- Doughboys in Ireland (1943)
- Stage Door Canteen (1943)
- The Harvey Girls (1946)
- Calendar Girl (1947)
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- Best of Jack Benny Spotlight Podcast! 1935-11-03 - Kenny Baker's First Show! with new introduction.
- Fred Allen Podcast 1940-10-02 (ep 01)Grab It Or Leave It - Kenny Baker's First Show with Fred Allen! with new introduction.
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