By Steve Crum
EDDIE CANTOR (Jan. 31, 1892- Oct. 10, 1964) is a true icon in American show business. This multi-talented entertainer excelled as a comedian, singer, dancer, actor and songwriter for over 50 years. Cantor, nicknamed "Banjo Eyes" because of the prominent eyes which he frequently rolled to the delight of audiences, was a showbiz trailblazer, starring in vaudeville and Broadway shows (the latter mostly produced by the great Flo Ziegfeld); via his records and sheet music; starring in enormously popular movies; and headlining his own highly rated TV shows, notably The Colgate Comedy Hour. Though not billed "The World's Greatest Entertainer" as was his close friend and fellow artist, Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor (aka "The Apostle of Pep") was nonetheless a superstar in his own right and one extraordinary entertainer and human being.