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Name: Harry Richman  
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Date of Birth: 10th August 1895
Place of Birth: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Profession: Composer
From Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia

Harry Richman (10 August 1895 - 3 November 1972) was a United States entertainer. He was a singer, actor, dancer, comedian, pianist, songwriter, bandleader, and night club performer, at his most popular in the 1920s and 1930s.

Richman was born as Harold Reichman in Cincinnati, Ohio. He changed his name to "Harry Richman" at age 18, by which time he was already a professional entertainer on Vaudeville. He worked as a piano accompanyist to such stars as Mae West and Nora Bayes. With Bayes's act he made his Broadway debut in 1922. He appeared in several editions of the George White Scandals in the 1920s to acclaim. He appeared in the 1931 Ziegfeld Follies.

He made his feature movie debut in Hollywood in 1930 with the film Puttin' on the Ritz, also the title of the Irving Berlin song which Richman had a phonograph record hit that year.

Richman was also an amateur aviator of some accomplishment, being the co-pilot of the first round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight in 1936.

He also made regular radio broadcasts in the 1930s.

Richman largely retired in the 1940s, although he made irregular appearances, including on television, into the 1950s.

His autobiography "A Hell of a Life" was published in 1966.

Harry Richman died in Hollywood, California.

External link

  • Harry Richman at the Internet Movie Database

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