Louis Prima (1910–1978)

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Born in New Orleans' French Quarter, Louis Prima longed to play jazz. When he was a child, he studied the violin. His older brother Leon took up trumpet while Louis was still quite young, and he soon followed in his brother's footsteps. He played in clubs like "The Famous Door" in the 1930s, and by the time the 1940s rolled around, Prima and his ... See full bio »

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The Jungle Book King Louie of the Apes
Casino Soundtrack
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 1972 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (TV Series)
Iron Lips
- Operation: Mr. Felix (1972) ... Iron Lips
 1967 The Jungle Book
King Louie of the Apes (voice)
 1959-1962 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
- Episode #15.18 (1962) ... Singer (voice)
- Episode #13.36 (1960) ... Singer
- Episode #12.35 (1959) ... Singer
- Episode #12.34 (1959) ... Singer
 1961 The Continental Twist
Louis Evans
 1959 Hey Boy! Hey Girl!
Louis Prima
 1958 Senior Prom
Louis Prima
 1949 Rhythm Masters (Short)
Louis Prima
 1939 Rose of Washington Square
Band Leader
 1938 Start Cheering
Louis Prima - Conductor of his Band
 1937 Manhattan Merry-Go-Round
Bandleader (uncredited)
 1937 You Can't Have Everything
Orchestra Leader
 1936 Swing It (Short)
Louis Prima - Band Leader
 1936 Rhythm on the Range
Trumpet Player (uncredited)
 1936 The Champ's a Chump (Short)
Band Leader Louis
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Other Works:

CD: "The Original Louis Prima" (ZTO) See more »

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2 Biographical Movies | 1 Portrayal | 3 Articles | See more »

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5' 8½" (1.74 m)


Gia Maione  (his death)  (2 children) | See more »


Louis Prima Jr. | See more »


Lena Prima (sibling)

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Already a celebrated swing singer and orchestra conductor, Louis Prima added his signature voice to memorable songs from The Jungle Book (1967) such as "I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)". See more »


The King of the Swing

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