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Though you may not recognize his name, Henry Slate's face would likely prove familiar, as the prolific performer appeared in more than 60 film and television productions in a career that spanned more than 50 years. He and his brothers, Jack and Syd, were a successful singing trio who made their Broadway debut in 1930 in the aptly titled musical comedy "Ballyhoos of 1930." He'd go on to share the stage with his brothers in a number of Broadway productions, including the musical comedy "You Said It" and the musical revue "Earl Carroll's Vanities." In 1938, the brothers broke into film, landing small roles in the George Burns/Gracie Allen comedy "College Swing." Comedy was definitely Slate's strong suit, and he'd go on to land supporting roles in a number of beloved funny films, including the Jack Lemmon/Janet Leigh romantic-comedy musical "My Sister Eileen," Disney's family adventure "Herbie Goes Bananas," and the Sally Field vehicle "Murphy's Romance." The last proved to be Slate's final film performance; he retired after its completion, ending a long and storied career. He died 11 years later of cancer, but left behind a legacy of music and laughter.
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