Kaplan Kaye

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Kaplan Eric Kaye (born 1949) is a British actor, songwriter and musician as well as a Past King Rat of the show-business charity the Grand Order of Water Rats.

Born in Watford, Hertfordshire, the son of actor and entertainer Davy Kaye, Kaplan 'Kap' Kaye trained at the Corona Stage Academy. His television debut was as Young Scrooge in an adaptation of A Christmas Carol (1958), part of the Tales from Dickens series. Other television appearances include roles in The Charlie Drake Show (1961), Henry in six episodes of William (1963), Eagle Rock (1964), The Saint (1964), the mini-series The Three Musketeers (1966), Armchair Theatre (1967), Z-Cars (1968), The First Lady (1968), and Journey to the Unknown (1968).[1]

Film roles include Corridors of Blood (1958), Passionate Summer (1958), Carlton-Browne of the F.O. (1959), Charles in Night Train for Inverness (1960), and Jimmie Noonan in The Whisperers (1967).[1]

Theatre appearances include Oliver! (1960), Siddy Blitztein in the original production of Blitz! (1962) by Lionel Bart,[2] and 'Puck' at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream (1966)[3] The latter performance was issued as an album.[4]

With Roger Kitter he co-wrote and performed on the hit song Chalk Dust - The Umpire Strikes Back,[5] which reached No. 19 in the UK charts in July 1982.[6] In 1989 Kaye, with Harry Schulz, released a remix of the Flash and the Pan song Waiting for a Train titled "Waiting for a Train '89 (The Harrymeetskaplan Mix)", and released in the UK on Cha Cha Records. In 1994 Kaye won the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) award for ‘Best British Song' at the Cavan International Song Festival with his song ‘You Will Find Me There'. Kaye co-wrote the song "If I Was President", which was recorded by Wyclef Jean, and also worked on the song "Take Me With You", which was recorded by L.L. Cool J and featured 50 Cent in 2009.[7][8] With Bill Dare he is half of the ukulele duo 'The Ukaye Ukes'.

Kaye was King Rat of the British show-business charity the Grand Order of Water Rats from 2006 to 2008, and was 'Rat of the Year' in 2004.[9]


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