Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Jan Murray, born Murray Janofsky (1916-2006) was an American stand-up comedian, actor, and game show host who originally made his name in the Borscht Belt and later was known for his frequent television appearances over several decades.
Murray began performing on the vaudeville stage at the age of 18. During the 1930s, he entertained at the "Borscht Belt" Catskills resorts popular with Jewish vacationers. In the 1940s and early 1950s, he became a Las Vegas marquee performer, including headlining at the Flamingo Hotel during its first year of operation.
He was the host of many Chabad telethons, and we've shared a few with you in years past.
In 2002, he made an appearance at Milton Berle's 93rd birthday party, and entertained a roomful of comedians and entertainers including Sid Caesar and Carl Reiner, and told some of his and Berle's old jokes.
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