Al Jolson

THe World's greatest Entertainer

  • Birth name: Asa Yoelson
  • Born(1886-05-26)May 26, 1886
  • Died: October 23, 1950

He was the son of a cantor who moved to the United States and settled in Washington, emigrated to the U.S. in the early 1890s, settling in Washington, D.C. and followed later by his family. Jolson arrived in the U.S. in April 1894, probably at about the age of eight. He displayed an interest in show business as a child.

Al Jolson made his first stage appearance 1899 in Washington, D.C., performing in vaudeville before joining a minstrel show in 1909.

In The Whirl of Society, which opened on March 5, 1912, Jolson introduced the character of Gus, a wily African-American servant who would be his frequent on-stage persona from then on. The show ran 136 performances in New York, then it went on tour from September 1912 to January 1913, and he remained with it

In 1927 he starred in The Jazz Singer, the first feature film with synchronized speech. He filmed the first full-length feature to use sound.

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