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Schnozzola - The showbiz nickname of James "Jimmy" Francis Durante, a popular Italian-American comedian with the big nose ("Schnozzola") who starred on this popular comedy variety program set in a small nightclub called Club Durant.

Jimmy Durante - The Schnozzola

At the end of each weekly performance, Jimmy paused to say "And Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are" and then slowly exited offstage following a pathway made from overhead spot lights. Mrs. Calabash was Jimmy's first wife.

Jimmy Durante also appeared as a regular on the musical/variety shows ALL STAR REVUE/NBC/1950-53; BUICK CIRCUS HOUR/NBC/1952-53; THE COLGATE COMEDY HOUR/NBC/1953-54; TEXACO STAR THEATER/NBC/1954-55; and JIMMY DURANTE PRESENTS THE LENNON SISTERS/ABC/1969-70.

Jimmy suffered a stroke in 1972 (leaving him wheelchair bound) and died in 1980.


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