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  • Larry Parks

    Born on December 13, 1914 in Olathe, Kansas

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The Jolson Story (1946)

Larry Parks as "Al Jolson"

At the turn of the 20th century, young Asa Yoelson (Scotty Beckett) decides to go against the wishes of his cantor father (Ludwig Donath) and pursue a career in show business. Gradually working his way up through the vaudeville ranks, Asa -- now calling himself Al Jolson (Larry Parks) -- joins a blackface minstrel troupe and soon builds a reputation as a consummate performer. But as his career grows in size, so does his ego, resulting in battles in business as well as in his personal life.

Academy Award (1946) Nominated Best Actor

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