Joey Faye was an American comedian and actor, probably best known as his vaudeville career and for the films "Once Upon a Time in America," "That Touch of Mink," "The Tender Trap" and "The Front."
Faye was born Joseph Antony Palladino on July 12, 1909 in New York City. Not much of his early life is known, but he began entertaining and started working in vaudeville and burlesque. He has long 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," both often performed by Abbott & Costello and the Three Stooges. In addition to an active career in vaudeville and the legitimate theater, later appearing in many movies and TV shows. His first known credits were the shorts "Merrily We Sing," "Hats and Dogs" and "Cactus Caballeros" in the Late Thirties.
Faye also performed as "second banana" to well-known comedian Phil Silvers in two Broadway shows, "High Button Shoes" and "Top Banana" and the 1954 film, "Top Banana." He starred in over seventeen shows on Broadway from the 30s to the 90s, including "Room Service," "The Tender Trap," "Guys And Dolls" and "Little Me." His television career includes appearances on "The Phil Silvers Show," "The Thin Man," "77 Sunset Strip," "Perry Mason," "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis," "The Detectives," "Make Room for Daddy" "The Red Skelton Hour," "Car 54, Where Are You?," "The Munsters," "The Joey Bishop Show" and "Maude" along with roles in more feature films, such as "That Touch of Mink," "Diary of a Bachelor," "The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock" with Lou Costello, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and "Once upon A Time In America."
His last appearance was in Benny Hill's World Tour: New York, playing a bum in the opening sequence, the owner of a sports car and a mobster who roughs up Benny Hill. He passed away from a heart attack in Englewood, New Jersey on April 26, 1997. He was 87 years old. He was survived by his third wife.