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Milton Berle

Highest Rated:   100% Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
Lowest Rated:   18% The Oscar (1966)
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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
89% Pee-wee's Big Adventure
  • Himself [uncredited]
1985
100% Broadway Danny Rose
  • Himself
1984
No Score Yet Cracking Up
  • Female Patient
1983
87% 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
No Score Yet 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
18% The Oscar
  • Kappy Kapstetter
1966
53% The Loved One
  • Mr. Kenton
1965
75% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  • J. Russell Finch
1963
No Score Yet The Sound of Laughter
  • Actor
1962
67% 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 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 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
  • Max Jakey Max
  • 1992
No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes
1978-1986
  • Rabbi Morris
  • 1984
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
  • Actor
  • 1980
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • 1979
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Louie the Lilac
  • 1968
  • 1967

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