b. 22 February 1915, New York City, New York, USA, d. 19 February 1970, New York City, New York, USA. Munshin worked in vaudeville as a comedian and song and dance man before becoming a Broadway star. During World War II he appeared while still in uniform; this was in the Army Play-by Play, Pack Up Your Troubles (1943). Immediately after the war he was a big successes in Call Me Mister (1946). This led to several 40s musical films including Easter Parade (1948) and Take Me Out To The Ball Game (1949). Also in 1949 came That Midnight Kiss (which was Mario Lanza’s screen debut), and On The Town, the film that made Munshin’s name outside the USA. Munshin made a few more films in the 50s and 60s, including Monte Carlo Baby (1951), Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957), Silk Stockings (1957), Wild And Wonderful (1964), and Monkeys, Go Home! (1967). His last film role was a bit part in Mastermind (1976).
During the 50s and 60s Munshin was seen on Broadway and on television. His stage shows included Bless You All (1950), Mrs. McThing (1952), The Good Soup (1960), Show Girl, The Gay Life (both 1961), and he was in replacement casts for Barefoot In The Park, which had opened in 1963, and The Front Page, opening 1969. His television appearances included Shirley Temple’s Storybook, playing Ichabod Crane in an episode entitled The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow (1958), The Emperor’s Clothes (1960), individual episodes of Car 54, Where Are You? (1963), Dr Kildare (1964), and a 1968 television production of Kiss Me Kate.