Comedian and singer from the 30s, who was notably friends with Al Capone. Frank Sinatra played him in the 1957 film The Joker is Wild, which is about his life.
He refused Al Capone's order to perform at the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, which nearly cost him his life.
Both Al Capone and rival gangsters wanted him to play in their clubs.
He married the actress Martha Stewart in 1946. They divorced two years later.
He toured in the USO with Ray Bolger.