Milton Berle

Milton Berle

  • Highest Rated: 100% Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
  • Lowest Rated: 15% The Oscar (1966)
  • Birthday: Jul 12, 1908
  • Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
  • Few American comedians have had so aggressive a "stage mother" as did Milton Berle. Berle's mother Sarah dragged her son to New Jersey's Edison movie studios in 1914 to do extra work, then finessed the lad into supporting roles, including the part of a newsboy in the first-ever feature-length comedy, Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914), which starred Charlie Chaplin. Under Sarah's powerhouse tutelage, Berle moved into vaudeville, making his debut at the prestigious Palace Theatre in 1921. Berle continued as a vaudeville headliner, with occasional stopovers on Broadway and in Hollywood, into the World War II years. His lengthy starring stint in the 1943 edition of Broadway's Ziegfeld Follies established Berle as a brash, broad, wisecracking comedian par excellence, whose carefully publicized propensity for "lifting" other comedians' material earned him the nickname "the Thief of Bad Gags." After only moderate success on radio and in films, Berle made a spectacular television debut as star of NBC's Texaco Star Theatre in 1948, which was the single most popular comedy/variety series of TV's earliest years and earned the comedian one of the industry's first Emmy Awards. So valuable was Berle to NBC that the network signed him to a 30-year "lifetime contract" in 1951, which paid him 100,000 dollars annually whether he performed or not (Berle managed to outlive the contract). Though his TV stardom waned in the late '50s, Berle was still very much in demand as an emcee, lecturer, author, TV guest star, motion picture character actor, and nightclub comedian -- still using essentially the same material and delivery which made him a star over 60 years ago. Berle died March 27, 2002 of colon cancer, he was 93.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Pioneers of Primetime Actor 2005
No Score Yet The Rat Pack Actor 2001
No Score Yet Two Heads Are Better Than None Leo 2000
No Score Yet Let Me In - I Hear Laughter: A Tribute to the Friars Club Actor 2000
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra Memorial Actor 1999
No Score Yet Steve Allen's 75th Birthday Celebration Actor 1997
No Score Yet Storybook Illuzor 1995
No Score Yet Milton Berle: A Biography Actor 1995
No Score Yet Real Story of Au Clair de La Lune Prince of Darkness 1994
No Score Yet Driving Me Crazy Hotel Clerk 1991
No Score Yet Side by Side Abe Mercer 1988
No Score Yet Jonathan Winters Actor 1986
87% Pee-wee's Big Adventure Himself [uncredited] 1985
100% Broadway Danny Rose Himself 1984
No Score Yet Cracking Up Female Patient 1983
88% The Muppet Movie Mad Man Mooney 1979
No Score Yet Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Blind man 1976
No Score Yet Lepke Mr. Meyer 1975
No Score Yet Journey Back to Oz Cowardly Lion 1974
No Score Yet Evil Roy Slade Harry Fern 1972
33% Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? Good Time Eddie Filth 1969
No Score Yet Where Angels Go---Trouble Follows! Film Director 1968
No Score Yet Who's Minding the Mint? Luther Burton 1967
No Score Yet The Happening Fred 1967
No Score Yet Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title Bookstore Customer with Rope (uncredited) 1966
15% The Oscar Kappy Kapstetter 1966
47% The Loved One Mr. Kenton 1965
69% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World J. Russell Finch 1963
No Score Yet The Sound of Laughter Actor 1962
64% Let's Make Love Guest Star 1960
70% The Bellboy Himself 1960
No Score Yet The All-Star Christmas Show (Bing Crosby - Bing Crosby's White Christmas USO All Star Show) Actor 1958
No Score Yet Edward R. Murrow: the Best of Person to Person Actor 1953
No Score Yet Always Leave Them Laughing Kipling 'Kip' Cooper 1949
No Score Yet Margin for Error Moe Finkelstein 1943
No Score Yet Rise and Shine Sea Biscuit 1941
No Score Yet Sun Valley Serenade Nifty Allen 1941
No Score Yet Tall, Dark and Handsome Frosty 1941
No Score Yet New Faces of 1937 Wallington 'Wally' Wedge 1937
No Score Yet Sparrows Actor 1926
88% The Mark of Zorro Actor 1920
No Score Yet Humoresque Actor 1920
No Score Yet Charlie Chaplin Actor 1916
83% Tillie's Punctured Romance A small child 1914
No Score Yet The Perils of Pauline Actor 1914

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Due South
1994-1998
Shelley Litvak
  • 1996
No Score Yet Beverly Hills, 90210
1990-2000
  • 1995
83% The Critic
1994-1995
Voice
  • 1995
  • 1994
No Score Yet Matlock
1986-1995
  • 1993
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
Max Jakey Max
  • 1992
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
  • 1985
No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes
1978-1986
Rabbi Morris
  • 1984
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
  • 1980
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1979
100% The Muppet Show
1976-1981
Guest
  • 1977
No Score Yet Get Smart
1965-1970
  • 1968
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Ross Howard Screenwriter
  • 1968
93% Batman
1966-1968
Louie the Lilac
  • 1968
  • 1967
No Score Yet I Dream of Jeannie
1965-1970
Guest
  • 1967

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