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Gene Kelly

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was the largest and most powerful studio in Hollywood when Gene Kelly arrived in town in 1941. He came direct from the hit 1940 original Broadway production of "Pal Joey" and planned to return to the Broadway stage after making the one film required by his contract. His first picture for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was For Me and My Gal (1942) with Judy Garland. What kept Kelly in Hollywood were "the kindred creative spirits" he found behind the scenes at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The talent pool was especially large during World War II, when Hollywood was a refuge for many musicians and others in the performing arts of Europe who were forced to flee the Nazis. After the war, a new generation was coming of age. Those who saw An American in Paris (1951) would try to make real life as romantic as the reel life they saw portrayed in that musical, and the first time they saw Paris, they were seeing again in memory the seventeen-minute ballet sequence set to the title song written by George Gershwin and choreographed by Kelly. The sequence cost a half million dollars (U.S.) to make in 1951 dollars. Another Kelly musical of the era, Singin' in the Rain (1952), was one of the first 25 films selected by the Library of Congress for its National Film Registry. Kelly was in the same league as Fred Astaire, but instead of a top hat and tails Kelly wore work clothes that went with his masculine, athletic dance style. Gene Kelly died at age 83 of complications from two strokes on February 2, 1996 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California.

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Aug 23, 1912 In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie For Me and My Gal 1942-10-21
Latest Project:
Series The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts 2022
Known For
Poster of The Young Girls of Rochefort
Poster of Musikalische Unterhaltung
Poster of An American in Paris
Poster of Anchors Aweigh
Series The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts Unknown 2022
Movie Sid & Judy Himself (archive footage) 2019-06-26
Movie La La La Various Roles (archive footage) 2018-11-25
Movie And the Oscar Goes To... 2014-02-01
Series Talking Pictures Himself - Archive footage 2013-01-05
Movie Frank Sinatra: Around the World Guest 2011-10-13
Movie Happy Again Unknown 2006-01-01
Movie Reunited at MGM: Astaire and Rogers Together Again Self (archive footage) 2005-08-16
Movie Judy Garland: By Myself Himself 2004-02-25
Movie Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer Himself (archive footage) 2002-09-24
Movie Hollywood Musicals of the 40's (archive footage) 2000-09-01
Movie A Bing Crosby Christmas Himself 1998-01-01
Movie The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies 1995-06-05
Movie That's Entertainment! III Himself - Co-Host / Narrator 1994-07-01
Movie The Young Girls Turn 25 Self (archive footage) 1993-01-01
Movie Tom & Jerry's 50th Birthday Bash Himself 1990-11-30
Movie Roger Rabbit and the Secrets of Toon Town Himself 1988-07-14
Movie James Stewart's Wonderful Life Himself 1988-11-22
Movie The Movie Palaces Gene Kelly 1987-06-25
Series Sins Eric Hovland 1986-02-02
Movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Billy Wilder Self 1986-04-26
Movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Gene Kelly Self 1985-05-07
Movie That's Dancing! Himself - Host 1985-01-01
Series North and South Charles Edwards 1985-11-03
Movie James Bond: The First 21 Years Himself 1983-05-27
Movie The Marx Brothers in a Nutshell Narrator 1982-01-02
Movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Fred Astaire 1981-04-18
Movie Reporters 1981-06-10
Movie Lucy Moves to NBC Himself 1980-02-08
Movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart Himself 1980-03-16
Movie Olivia Newton-John: Hollywood Nights 1980-04-13
Movie Xanadu Danny McGuire 1980-08-08
Movie Frank Sinatra: The First 40 Years 1979-12-13
Movie Mickey's 50 Himself 1978-11-19
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Unknown 1978-12-28
Movie An Evening with Gene Kelly himself 1977-01-01
Movie Viva Knievel! Will Atkins 1977-06-10
Movie It's Showtime 1976-03-31
Series The Muppet Show Unknown 1976-09-05
Movie That's Entertainment, Part II Himself - Co-Host / Narrator 1976-05-16
Movie The Lion Roars Again Himself 1975-01-01
Movie The Sandy Duncan Special Himself 1974-11-13
Movie That's Entertainment! Himself - Host / Narrator 1974-06-21
Movie 40 Carats Billy Boylan 1973-06-28
Movie Frank Sinatra: Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back 1973-11-13
Series Great Performances self 1971-01-28
Series The Funny Side Host 1971-09-12
Movie Jack and the Beanstalk Jeremy Keen, Proprietor (Peddler) 1967-02-27
Movie The Young Girls of Rochefort Andy Miller 1967-03-08
Movie The Julie Andrews Show Himself 1965-12-24
Movie What a Way to Go! Pinky Benson 1964-10-12
Series The Danny Kaye Show Self 1963-09-25
Series Hollywood and the Stars Himself (archive footage) 1963-09-30
Series The Merv Griffin Show Self 1962-10-01
Series Going My Way 1962-10-03
Movie Hollywood: The Golden Years Host 1961-01-01
Series Musikalische Unterhaltung Self 1961-10-27
Movie Inherit the Wind E.K. Hornbeck 1960-07-07
Movie Let's Make Love Himself 1960-09-08
Movie Marjorie Morningstar Noel Airman 1958-04-24
Movie The Happy Road Michael J. Andrews 1957-06-20
Movie Les Girls Barry Nichols 1957-10-03
Movie Invitation to the Dance Host / Pierrot / The Marine / Sinbad 1956-05-22
Movie It's Always Fair Weather Ted Riley 1955-08-30
Movie Seagulls Over Sorrento Lieutenant Bradville 1954-07-12
Movie Deep in My Heart Gene Kelly 1954-12-09
Movie Brigadoon Tommy Albright 1954-09-08
Series The Oscars Unknown 1953-03-18
Movie Love Is Better Than Ever Himself 1952-02-23
Series Omnibus Unknown 1952-11-09
Movie Singin' in the Rain Don Lockwood 1952-04-09
Movie The Devil Makes Three Jeff Eliot 1952-09-19
Movie An American in Paris Jerry Mulligan 1951-09-26
Movie It's a Big Country Icarus Xenophon 1951-11-20
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Series What's My Line? Self - Mystery Guest 1950-02-02
Movie Black Hand Giovanni E. 'Johnny' Columbo 1950-03-12
Movie The Costume Designer Unknown 1950-07-13
Movie Summer Stock Joe D. Ross 1950-08-31
Movie Take Me Out to the Ball Game Eddie O'Brien 1949-03-09
Movie On the Town Gabey 1949-12-08
Movie The Pirate Serafin 1948-06-11
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie The Three Musketeers D'Artagnan 1948-10-19
Movie Words and Music Gene Kelly 1948-12-31
Movie Living in a Big Way Leo Gogarty 1947-06-10
Movie Combat Fatigue Irritability Seaman Bob Lucas 1945-01-01
Movie The Story of Submarine Warfare in the Pacific Narrator (voice) 1945-12-28
Movie Anchors Aweigh Joseph Brady 1945-08-13
Movie Ziegfeld Follies Gentleman (segment The Babbit and the Bromide) 1945-08-26
Movie Christmas Holiday Robert Manette 1944-01-01
Movie Twenty Years After Unknown 1944-01-01
Movie Cover Girl Danny McGuire 1944-03-22
Movie Thousands Cheer Private Eddie Marsh 1943-01-01
Movie Pilot #5 Vito S. Alessandro 1943-06-24
Movie Du Barry Was a Lady Alec Howe / Black Arrow 1943-08-13
Movie The Cross of Lorraine Victor 1943-11-12
Movie For Me and My Gal Harry Palmer 1942-10-21