Julius Tannen (1880-1965) was the premier vaudeville monologist — what we today call a stand up comedian. He started out in 1901, and by the 20s was one of the top headliners at the Palace, and the star of Broadway reviews like Earl Carroll’s Vanities and George White’s Scandals. In later years, he was a familiar Hollywood character actor, usually as a bit player, with ensemble roles in nearly every Preston Sturges movie, as well as a funny turn in Singin’ in the Rain. He passed away in 1965.
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