Born in New York City, he gained fame as a comic in vaudeville and claimed that he created two of vaudeville's more renowned pieces of business, "Floogle Street" (a.k.a. "Susquehana Hat Company") and "Slowly I Turned". In addition to an active career in vaudeville and the legitimate theater, he appeared in many movies and TV shows.
The Republic Theatre was the site of Faye's New York stage debut at age 21. During World War II, he entertained Allied military personnel in Africa and Europe as part of a troupe headed by Marlene Dietrich.
Faye played second banana (the second-ranking comedian in a show) to Phil Silvers in two Broadway shows, High Button Shoes and Top Banana. He also appeared in the 1954 film. In a Broadway career that stretched between the late 1930s and the early 1990s, he appeared in 17 shows altogether, including Room Service (his Broadway debut) and The Tender Trap. He also appeared in the 1955 movie adaptation), the 1965 revival of Guys and Dolls, and Neil Simon's musical Little Me.
He appeared as a guest in many TV shows from 1949 through 1984 and a series of short subject films, including Mack & Myer for Hire (1963), about two bumbling plumbers, who rode around in a motorcycle with a sidecar, attempting repairs, but producing chaos.
Faye was married three times—to Eileen Jenkins, Ginna Carr, and Judy Carlin. He once lived in Great Kills, Staten Island.
Faye died of a heart attack in Englewood, New Jersey, on April 26, 1997. He was 87 years old.
- Close-Up (1948) - Roger
- Let's Do It Again (1953) - Party Guest (uncredited)
- Top Banana (1954) - Pinky
- The Tender Trap (1955) - Sol Z. Steiner
- Street of Sinners (1957) - Pete
- Hear Me Good (1957) - Charlie Cooper
- Sing, Boy, Sing (1958) - Mr. Baron (uncredited)
- Ten North Frederick (1958) - Taxi Driver (uncredited)
- The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock (1959) - Booster (uncredited)
- North to Alaska (1960) - Miner / Artist (uncredited)
- The Wizard of Baghdad (1960) - Coutiere (uncredited)
- That Touch of Mink (1962) - Short Man
- For Love or Money (1963) - Bread Shopper on 16mm Film
- Diary of a Bachelor (1964) - Bachelor
- Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966) - Joe (uncredited)
- Penelope (1966) - Spectator (uncredited)
- How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967) - Taxi Driver (uncredited)
- The Night They Raided Minsky's (1967) - Professor Spats (body double for the deceased Bert Lahr in select scenes, uncredited)
- No Way to Treat a Lady (1968) - Caretaker (uncredited)
- What's So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968) - Zookeeper (uncredited)
- The Grissom Gang (1971) - Woppy
- The War Between Men and Women (1972) - Delivery Boy
- The Front (1976) - Waiter
- Once Upon a Time in America (1984) - Adorable Old Man (final film role)
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