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|Born||October 25, 1956
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Died||May 1, 2009
|Medium||Stand-up comedy, theater|
Gans was a headliner on the Las Vegas Strip and the surrounding area, where he was billed as "The Man of Many Voices." He had been named Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year and his production had also been awarded Show of the Year.
Prior to entering show business, Gans was a professional baseball player. He was drafted by the Chicago White Sox after being named an All-American at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where he was a Physical Education major. It was at Cal Poly that he met his wife, Julie. Later, he held a small role as a third baseman in the film Bull Durham. After an injury ended his sporting career—a player's cleats tore his Achilles tendon while he was fielding a ground ball—Gans turned to the entertainment industry. Gans began his career on the road, performing mostly at private corporate functions. In 1992, he played Dean Martin in the CBS miniseries Sinatra.
Gans started his Las Vegas stay at the Stratosphere Hotel in 1996. His show there was successful, and he moved over to The Rio in 1998. In 2000, Gans's show moved again, this time to The Mirage, where the Danny Gans Theatre was built for him.
In February 2009, Gans changed venues again and performed at Encore, the sister property to Wynn Las Vegas. The marquee on Las Vegas Strip bearing his image, at one time, held the record as the largest freestanding marquee in the world.
His first record album, produced by Michael Omartian, was cross-marketed in both the pop and Christian music genres and, although Gans never charted, it sold in both mainstream and Christian music outlets.
At the time of his death he was grossing $18 million a year.
He was also known for his vintage car collection.
Gans died on May 1, 2009, at his home in Henderson, Nevada, shortly after his wife called paramedics saying he was having difficulty breathing. The cause of death was a drug toxicity caused by the combination of hydromorphone (an opiate, commonly marketed under the name Dilaudid) and a pre-existing heart condition. It was determined that his death was caused by an adverse drug reaction, and was not drug abuse-related.
Film and TV
Gans had been noted many times for his role in Bull Durham, although his part in the movie was ultimately downsized. He used this role as an addition to his resume, even going on Roy Firestone's show and promoting the role while holding a picture of himself from the movie to prove that he was, in fact, in it.
Gans played Roger in the TV series Silk Stalkings for 12 episodes (1991–92), played Scott Babylon in the series Duet (1987–89), and reprised his role in the series Open House (1989–90). In the 1991 Roseanne episode "Vegas, Vegas", he played a Wayne Newton impersonator.
He had an uncredited cameo as himself in the 2009 film Race To Witch Mountain. Gans was mentioned several times, but did not appear, in an episode of the TV series Gary Unmarried (which aired shortly after his death, on May 6, 2009). When aired, the episode was accompanied by an "In Memory Of" end-credit dedicated to Gans.
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In May 2008 Danny Gans celebrated 12 years in Las Vegas, the last eight of which have been spent...at the Mirage.
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