Al Jolson
Al Jolson
Actor Sayer Roberts
Seen Murdoch Schmurdoch
Gender Male
Status Historical
Relationships Harry Jolson, (brother)
Job Entertainer
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Al Jolson, American vaudeville entertainer, is first introduced in Season 11 of Murdoch Mysteries, played by Sayer Roberts.


Al Jolson, born Asa Yoelson, (1886 – 1950) was a Russian-born U.S. singer, songwriter and blackface comedian who performed in vaudeville and minstrel shows and starred in The Jazz Singer. He was dubbed "The World's Greatest Entertainer" at the peak of his career. With a brash and extroverted style, he popularised a large number of "shamelessly sentimental " songs. Broadway critic Gilbert Seldes compared him to the Greek god Pan, claiming that Jolson represented "the concentration of our national health and gaiety."

Appearances and Mentions

Murdoch Schmurdoch

  • Al and Harry Jolson are performing for One-Show-Only Fundraiser for Toronto’s first Yiddish Theatre when the owner of the building, Abraham Michaelson, dies on the stage during their performance.


  • Numerous well-known singers were influenced by his music, including Bing Crosby, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, David Bowie and others. Dylan once referred to him as "somebody whose life I can feel."