Father of Kaplan Kaye and Melody Kaye.
British comic actor with East End Jewish roots. At a height of just 4 foot 11 inches, he was considered too small for military service in World War II. Allegedly, the examining medical officer informed him that "When we declare war on pygmies - we'll send for you." Kaye became a popular performer in variety and revue shows, eventually joining the BBC. From 1954 to 1968, he was the resident late night comedian at the Embassy Club in London, also making occasional appearances on screen.
He was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1995 Queen's New Year Honours List for his services to charity.
Client of theatrical agent Joseph Collins (father of Joan Collins).
Honoured twice by the Variety Club of Great Britain to mark his 50th and 60th year in show business. The luncheons, held at the Dorchester Hotel in London, were recorded by the BBC.
Was a member of The Grand Order of Water Rats for 40 years and served as "King Rat" in 1984.
Made his professional debut at the Mile End Empire in east London in 1935.
Following rejection by the army, he joined entertainment troupes touring munitions factories and military establishments.