Born in Copenhagen, Borge started playing the piano at age 3! As a young man, he turned from simply playing piano concerts to doing his now-famous piano-comedy routines. According the BBC,
Beyond Borge's performance, he led an extraordinary life. After building a reputation for poking fun at Nazi's, Borge escaped to America in 1940... but wait it gets better. Disguised as a sailor, he returned to Demark to see his dying mother! Soon after coming to the US, he was hired by Bing Crosby to be a member of Kraft Music Hall.
A typical performance would start, not with the opening bars of a classical composition, but with a minute inspection of the piano from all angles Pages of sheet music would get mixed up, hair and clothing would be checked and then the pianist would turn on the audience and scold imaginary latecomers.
I could not find a source describing how much cash Borge created with his performances, but after typing his name into Amazon, I found about 25 items with his name still readily available. I cannot image the true wealth he created.
For the joy he brought to those watching his performance, to the goods produced with his image and the inspiration he imparted to millions of people, we honor Victor Borge for using his private property to create wealth.
Victor Borge on Wikipedia
BBC New Article
Victor Borge Quotes
Victor Borge Goods on Amazon
Thanks Martin for the idea!
Here is a short clip of many on youtube.com