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Wayne Newton

Roanoke, Virginia, United States

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Father was Powhatan Indian and Irish; mother was Cherokee Indian and German.

• Originally performed as part of duet with his older brother Jerry.

• Discovered by Jackie Gleason at a Phoenix luncheon; Gleason put the brothers on TV in 1962, and Newton appeared on Gleason's variety show several more times.

• Nicknamed "Mr. Las Vegas" for appearing in thousands of shows in Sin City casinos.

• Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport's main thoroughfare is named "Wayne Newton Boulevard."

• Signed one of the biggest contracts in entertainment history in 1999 with the Stardust Resort and Casino.

• Received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Arabian Horse Breeders Alliance in 2007.

• Signature song is "Danke Schoen."

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