While his name may not be as widely remembered as it was in previous years, the actor was a legend in the entertainment industry during much of the twentieth century. Berle’s film credits go back to the 1910’s, his career truly took off in the late 1940s.
In 1948/1949, Berle joined the long-running radio show Texaco Star Theater. The timing was seemingly perfect as Berle made the jump with the show to the burgeoning television medium. He stayed with the show through numerous name and sponsor changes until it ended its run in 1956.
The cancellation sent Berle into a career transition. The comedian made a smooth jump, easily moving between television, feature films and even Las Vegas (Berle was a vaudevillian in his early days).
Berle passed away in 2002 at the age of 93.