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Rudy Vallee

Rudy Vallee

  • Born on
    • July 28th, 1901
  • Died on
    • July 6th, 1986
Rudy Vallee started his career as a saxophone player and singer and later became a band leader. In the 1920s and early 30s he had a hit radio program, The Fleishmann's Yeast Hour (where he was hated by his cast and crew due to his explosive ego-driven personality). In the early 1930's he was ranked with the likes of Bing Crosby and the tragic Russ Columbo in the Hit Parade. A huge hit on radio in 1933 with his program, initially known as 'The Fleischmann's Yeast Hour,' Vallee was considered a slave driver by his staff. He was known to instigate fist fights with virtually anyone who got on his nerves. During the run of his show he slugged photographers, threw sheet music in the faces of pianists' heads and if provoked, would sock hecklers in the nose. While audiences loved him, he was hated by most of his staff. As a very popular star in night clubs and on records, as well as in movies, he helped other singers like Alice Faye - who was for a while his band singer - and Frances Langford to start their careers. In his early movies he often played the romantic lead, but he switched later to stuffy and comic parts. He also appeared on Broadway. The mid-60's Broadway hit "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" was filmed in 1967 with him in his original Broadway role.

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Filmography

Acting (13 Credits)

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1976Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood as Autograph Hound
1968Live a Little, Love a Little as Louis Penlow
1968The Night They Raided Minsky's as Opening Narrator (voice)
1967How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying as Jasper B. Biggley
1955Gentlemen Marry Brunettes as Rudy Vallee
1949The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend as Charles Hingleman
1948Unfaithfully Yours as August Henshler
1948My Dear Secretary as Charles Harris
1948I Remember Mama as Dr. Johnson
1947The Sin of Harold Diddlebock as Lynn Sargent
1947The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer as Tommy Chamberlain
1946Margie as Vocalist-My Time is Your Time (voice) (uncredited)
1942The Palm Beach Story as John D. Hackensacker III

Himself (3 Credits)

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