Dennis Day

Dennis Day

Show Count: 127
Series Count: 2
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: May 21, 1916
Old Time Radio, The Bronx, New York, USA
Died: June 22, 1988 , Bel Air, California, USA
Born Owen Patrick Eugene McNulty, he was an American singer and radio, television and film personality of Irish descent.

Raised in New York City, the second of five children born to Irish immigrants Patrick McNulty and Mary (née Grady) McNulty. His father was a stationary engineer. Day graduated from Cathedral Preparatory Seminary in New York City, and attended Manhattan College in the Bronx, where he sang in the glee club.


Day appeared for the first time on Jack Benny's radio show on October 8, 1939, taking the place of another famed tenor, Kenny Baker. He remained associated with Benny's radio and television programs until Benny's death in 1974. He was introduced (with actressVerna Felton playing his mother) as a young (nineteen-year-old), naive boy singer — a character he kept through his whole career. His first song was "Goodnight My Beautiful".

Besides singing, Dennis Day was an excellent mimic. He did many impressions on the Benny program of various noted celebrities of the era, such as Ronald Colman, Jimmy Durante and James Stewart.

From 1944 through 1946 he served in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant. On his return to civilian life, he continued to work with Benny while also starring on his own NBC show,A Day in the Life of Dennis Day (1946–1951). Day's having two programs in comparison to Benny's one was the subject of numerous jokes and gags on Benny's show, usually revolving around Day rubbing Benny's, and sometimes other cast members and guest stars' noses in that fact. His last radio series was a comedy/variety show that aired briefly on NBC during the 1954-55 season.


An attempt was made to adapt A Day in the Life Of Dennis Day as an NBC filmed series (Sam Berman's caricature of Dennis was used in the opening and closing titles), produced by Jerry Fairbanks for Dennis' sponsor, Colgate-Palmolive, featuring the original radio cast, but got no farther than an unaired 1949 pilot episode. In late 1950, a sample kinescope was produced by Colgate and their ad agency showcasing Dennis as host of a projected "live" comedy/variety series (The Dennis Day Show) for CBS, but that, too, went unsold. He continued to appear as a regular cast member when The Jack Benny Program became a TV series, staying with the show until it ended in 1965.

Eventually, his own TV series, The Dennis Day Show (aka The RCA Victor Show), was first telecast on NBC on February 8, 1952, and then in the 1953-1954 season. Between 1952 and 1978, he made numerous TV appearances as a singer and actor (such as NBC's The Gisele MacKenzie Show and ABC's The Bing Crosby Show and Alfred Hitchcock Presents) and voice for animation, such as the Walt Disney feature Johnny Appleseed, handling multiple characters.

During the final season of The Jack Benny Program (1964–65), Day was nearly 49 years old, although Jack was still delivering such lines as "That crazy kid drives me nuts ..."

His last televised work with Benny was in 1970, when they both appeared in a public service announcement together to promote savings and loans. This was shortly after, the whole cast and crew of The Jack Benny Show had gotten together for Jack Benny's Twentieth Anniversary Special.

In 1971, Day was the voice of "The Preacher" in the Rankin-Bass production "Frosty's Winter Wonderland".

In 1972, he co-starred with June Allyson and Judy Canova in the First National Tour of the Broadway musical No, No, Nanette.

In 1978, Day voiced Fred in The Stingiest Man in Town, which was Rankin-Bass' animated version of Charles Dickens's novel A Christmas Carol.

Personal Life 

In 1948, Day married Peggy Almquist; the marriage lasted until his death in 1988. The couple had ten children. His brother Jim McNulty, two years younger, was married to actress/singer Ann Blyth.

Day died on June 22, 1988 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) (more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease), in Los Angeles, California. His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is at 6646 Hollywood Boulevard. He is interred in Culver City's Holy Cross Cemetery.

Source: Wikipedia

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Show Count: 54
Broadcast History: 3 October 1946 to 30 June 1951
Sponsor: Lustre-Creme Shampoo
Cast: Bea Benaderet, Dennis Day, Sharon Douglas, Barbara Eiler, Betty Miles, Francis Trout, John Brown
Director: Frank O'Connor
Producer: Frank O'Connor
Broadcast: March 2, 1949
Added: Mar 02 2008
Broadcast: 7th January 1946
Added: Jan 04 2014
Broadcast: June 27, 1956
Starring: Dennis Day, Gene Evans
Added: Jul 02 2019
Broadcast: 22nd January 1944
Added: Jan 28 2012
Broadcast: March 22, 1953
Added: Apr 25 2020
Broadcast: February 25, 1951
Starring: Dennis Day, Verne Smith
Added: Feb 23 2019
Broadcast: 9th December 1948
Added: Dec 09 2011
Broadcast: 3rd February 1949
Added: Jul 13 2012
Broadcast: May 5, 1949
Added: May 09 2015
Broadcast: May 19, 1949
Added: May 23 2015
Broadcast: November 1, 1945
Added: Nov 30 2014
Broadcast: October 21, 1949
Added: Jun 13 2015
Broadcast: 16th August 1959
Added: Sep 02 2011
Broadcast: 23rd December 1953
Added: Dec 25 2011
Broadcast: 18th September 1947
Added: Sep 18 2004
Broadcast: March 17, 1952
Added: Mar 16 2013
Broadcast: May 12, 1949
Added: May 16 2015
Broadcast: 18th January 1950
Starring: Fred Allen, Dennis Day
Added: Jan 19 2009