Oscar Levant 1905-1972
Pianist, movie actor, bon vivant, and all around raconteur, Levant was famous for his Gershwin.
"During World War II Oscar Levant appeared before the draft-board examiner. "Do you think you can kill?" the official asked.
"I don't know about strangers," replied Oscar, "but friends, yes."
from The Little, Brown Book of Anecdotes, edited by Clifton Fadiman.