Eddie Cantor

American comedian and actor (1892–1964)

Eddie Cantor (January 31, 1892October 10, 1964), born Edward Israel Iskowitz, was an American singer, actor, comedian and songwriter.


  • The March of Dimes
    • Name for a charity fundraiser; see William H. Helfand (2001). '...So that others may walk': So be good. The March of Dimes.. American Journal of Public Health. pp. 1190.
  • Every blossom I see reminds me of you
    • Song, Every Blossom I See Reminds Me of You, written for Ziegfeld Follies of 1920 (music by Harry Ruby).
  • It takes twenty years to make an overnight success.
    • Quoted in James Nicholas, A Book of Wisdom and Delight: How to Fall in Love With Life (2008) p. 162.

Quotes about Cantor

  • He and Jolson were wonderful entertainers the like of which you don't see anymore. They weren't comedians really, but funny singing entertainers of the kind I used to see and love in the English music hall. It's a shame that young performers these days aren't remotely like them.
    • Stan Laurel, as quoted in Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy (1961) by James McCabe, p. 241
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