Milton Berle (née Milton Berlinger) (July 12, 1908 - March 27, 2002) was an extremely popular American comedian, whose career spanned vaudeville, radio, television, and film. His first great television success was as the headliner for Texaco Star Theater on NBC from 1948 to June 14, 1955 (as the Buick-Berle Show when Buick became the main sponsor in 1953). Berle became known as "Mr. Television" and "Uncle Miltie".
By 1960 he was unable to find new television work, so he played Las Vegas, made nightclub appearances, appeared on Broadway in Herb Gardner's The Goodbye People in 1968 and appeared in many films. These included Let's Make Love, with Marilyn Monroe and Yves Montand (1960), It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), The Loved One (1965), The Oscar (1966), and Lepke (1975). He appeared in Woody Allen's Broadway Danny Rose (1984) and Driving Me Crazy (1990).
In later life he presided as master of ceremonies for many roasts and other gatherings.
Berle had one of the greatest joke collections in the world, with about 6.5 million jokes on computer. The books Milton Berle's Private Joke File and The Rest of the Best of Milton Berle's Private Joke File each had 10,000 of these jokes.
He was born in a five-story walkup at 68 West 118th Street.
He was one of the first seven people to be inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1984.