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Gene Kelly

Gene Kelly

  • Born on
    • August 23rd, 1912
  • Died on
    • February 2nd, 1996
Eugene Curran Kelly (August 23, 1912 – February 2, 1996) was an American actor, dancer, singer, filmmaker, and choreographer. He was known for his energetic and athletic dancing style, his good looks, and the likable characters that he played on screen. He starred in, choreographed, or co-directed some of the most well-regarded musical films of the 1940s and 1950s, until they fell out of fashion in the late 1950s. Kelly is best known today for his performances in films such as Cover Girl (1944), Anchors Aweigh (1945), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, On the Town (1949), which was his directorial debut, An American in Paris (1951), Singin' in the Rain (1952), Brigadoon (1954), and It's Always Fair Weather (1955). Kelly made his film debut with Judy Garland in For Me and My Gal (1942), and followed by Du Barry Was a Lady (1943), Thousands Cheer (1943), The Pirate (1948), Summer Stock (1950), and Les Girls (1957) among others. After musicals he starred in two films outside the musical genre: Inherit the Wind (1960) and What a Way to Go! (1964). In 1967, he appeared in French director Jacques Demy's musical comedy The Young Girls of Rochefort opposite Catherine Deneuve. Kelly solo directed the comedy A Guide for the Married Man (1967) starring Walter Matthau, and later the extravagant musical Hello, Dolly! (1969) starring Barbra Streisand, recognized with an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. Kelly co-hosted and appeared in Ziegfeld Follies (1946), That's Entertainment! (1974), That's Entertainment, Part II (1976), That's Dancing! (1985), and That's Entertainment, Part III (1994). His many innovations transformed the Hollywood musical, and he is credited with almost single-handedly making the ballet form commercially acceptable to film audiences. Kelly received an Academy Honorary Award in 1952 for his career achievements; the same year, An American in Paris won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. He later received lifetime achievement awards in the Kennedy Center Honors (1982) and from the Screen Actors Guild and American Film Institute. In 1999, the American Film Institute also ranked him as the 15th greatest male screen legend of Classic Hollywood Cinema. Description above from the Wikipedia article Gene Kelly, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Filmography

Acting (32 Credits)

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2014And the Oscar Goes to...
1985North and South as Charles Edwards
1980Xanadu as Danny McGuire
1977Viva Knievel! as Will Atkins
197340 Carats as Billy Boylan
1967The Young Girls of Rochefort as Andy Miller
1964What a Way to Go! as Pinky Benson
1960Inherit the Wind as E.K. Hornbeck
1958Marjorie Morningstar as Noel Airman
1957Les Girls as Barry Nichols
1956Invitation to the Dance as Host / Pierrot / The Marine / Sinbad
1955It's Always Fair Weather as Ted Riley
1954Brigadoon as Tommy Albright
1954Deep in My Heart as Gene Kelly
1952Singin' in the Rain as Don Lockwood
1951An American in Paris as Jerry Mulligan
1951It's a Big Country: An American Anthology as Icarus Xenophon
1950Black Hand as Giovanni E. 'Johnny' Columbo
1950Summer Stock as Joe D. Ross
1949On the Town as Gabey
1949Take Me Out to the Ball Game as Eddie O'Brien
1948The Pirate as Serafin
1948The Three Musketeers as D'Artagnan
1948Words and Music as Gene Kelly
1945Anchors Aweigh as Joseph Brady
1945Ziegfeld Follies as Gentleman (segment The Babbit and the Bromide)
1944Cover Girl as Danny McGuire
1944Christmas Holiday as Robert Manette
1943Thousands Cheer as Private Eddie Marsh
1943The Cross of Lorraine as Victor
1943Du Barry Was a Lady as Alec Howe / Black Arrow
1942For Me and My Gal as Harry Palmer

Writer (1 Credits)

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Himself (6 Credits)

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1994That's Entertainment! III as Himself - Co-Host / Narrator
1985That's Dancing! as Himself - Host
1976That's Entertainment, Part II as Himself - Co-Host / Narrator
1974That's Entertainment! as Himself - Host / Narrator
1960Let's Make Love as Himself
1952Love Is Better Than Ever as Himself

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