Gene Kelly

Film Director / Actor / Screenwriter / Film Producer | * 08/23/1912 († 83, 02/02/1996) | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (United States of America (USA))
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 and sought to create a new form of American dance accessible to the general public, "dance for the common man." He starred in, choreographed, and co-directed with Stanley Donen some of the most well-regarded musical films of the 1940s and 1950s. Kelly is best known for his performances in An American in Paris (1951), which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, Singin' in the Rain (1952), which he and Donen directed and choreographed, and other musical films of that era such as Cover Girl (1944) and Anchors Aweigh (1945), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. On the Town (1949), which he co-directed with Donen, was his directorial debut. Later in the 1950s, as musicals w... ()
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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.

Most frequent genres for this person: Comedies | Documentaries | Music

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Awards & Nominations for Gene Kelly

National Medal of Arts Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Animated Program Knight of The Legion of Honour Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award Kennedy Center Honors AFI Life Achievement Award Academy Honorary Award Golden Bear Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award Academy Award for Best Actor
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Movies with Gene Kelly as Actor(84)

as Self (Archival Footage)2022 Babylon
as Various Roles (archive footage)2018 La La La
2009 Endgame
as (archive footage)2008 Catalogue of Ships
as Himself (archive footage)2002 Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer
as Himself - Co-Host / Narrator1994 That's Entertainment! III
as Himself (archive footage)1993 The Young Girls Turn 25
as Himself - Host1985 That's Dancing!
as (archive footage)1982 Showbiz Goes to War
as himself1980 Lucy Moves to NBC
as Danny McGuire1980 Xanadu
as himself1978 Mickey's 50
as Will Atkins1977 Viva Knievel!
as Himself - Co-Host / Narrator1976 That's Entertainment, Part II
as himself1975 The Lion Roars Again
as Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clips from 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' - 'Singin' in the Rain' and1974 That's Entertainment!
as Billy Boylan1973 40 Carats
as Jeremy Keen, Proprietor (Peddler)1967 Jack and the Beanstalk
as Andy Miller1967 The Young Girls of Rochefort
as Himself (archive footage)1964 The Odyssey of Rita Hayworth
as Pinky Benson1964 What a Way to Go!
as himself1960 Let's Make Love
as E.K. Hornbeck1960 Inherit the Wind
as Noel Airman1958 Marjorie Morningstar
as Michael J. Andrews1957 The Happy Road
as Barry Nichols1957 Les Girls
as Host / Pierrot / The Marine / Sinbad1956 Invitation to the Dance
as Ted Riley1955 It's Always Fair Weather
as himself1954 Deep in My Heart
as Lieutenant Bradville1954 Seagulls Over Sorrento
as Tommy Albright1954 Brigadoon
as Capt. Jeff Eliot1952 The Devil Makes Three
as Don Lockwood1952 Singin' in the Rain
as Jerry Mulligan1951 An American in Paris
as Icarus Xenophon1951 It's a Big Country
as Joe D. Ross1950 Summer Stock
as Giovanni E. 'Johnny' Columbo1950 Black Hand
as Eddie O'Brien1949 Take Me Out to the Ball Game
as Gabey1949 On the Town
as himself1948 Words and Music
as D'Artagnan1948 The Three Musketeers
as Serafin1948 The Pirate
as Leo Gogarty1947 Living in a Big Way
as Joseph Brady1945 Anchors Aweigh
as Gentleman in 'The Babbit and the Bromide'1945 Ziegfeld Follies
as Seaman Bob Lucas1945 Combat Fatigue Irritability
as Robert Manette1944 Christmas Holiday
as Danny McGuire1944 Cover Girl
as Vito S. Alessandro1943 Pilot #5
as Private Eddie Marsh1943 Thousands Cheer
as Alec Howe / Black Arrow1943 Du Barry Was a Lady
as Victor1943 The Cross of Lorraine
as Harry Palmer1942 For Me and My Gal

TV Shows/Series with Gene Kelly as Actor(10)

as Himself - Archive footage2013 Talking Pictures
as Eric Hovland1986 Sins
as Host1971 The Funny Side
1952 Omnibus

Movies with Gene Kelly as Crew(27)

Sound/Music2013 Moses of Prosthesis
Crew/Thanks1997 Cats Don't Dance
Directing/Director1976 That's Entertainment, Part II
Directing/Director1970 The Cheyenne Social Club
Production/Producer1970 The Cheyenne Social Club
Directing/Director1969 Hello, Dolly!
Directing/Director1967 Jack and the Beanstalk
Production/Producer1967 Jack and the Beanstalk
Crew/Choreographer1967 Jack and the Beanstalk
Directing/Director1967 A Guide for the Married Man
Directing/Director1964 American in Paris
Crew/Choreographer1964 What a Way to Go!
Directing/Director1962 Gigot
Directing/Director1958 The Tunnel of Love
Directing/Director1957 The Happy Road
Production/Producer1957 The Happy Road
Directing/Director1956 Invitation to the Dance
Writing/Writer1956 Invitation to the Dance
Directing/Director1955 It's Always Fair Weather
Crew/Choreographer1954 Brigadoon
Directing/Director1952 Singin' in the Rain
Crew/Choreographer1952 Singin' in the Rain
Crew/Choreographer1951 An American in Paris
Directing/Director1949 On the Town
Crew/Choreographer1945 Anchors Aweigh
Directing/Director1945 Combat Fatigue Irritability

TV Shows/Series with Gene Kelly as Crew(1)

Directing/Director1963 Vacation Playhouse

Full Name: Gene Eugene Curran Kelly
Born: Friday, 08/23 1912 (August) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (United States of America (USA))
Died: Friday, 02/02 1996 (February) in Beverly Hills (aged: 83)
Zodiac sign: Virgo (Chinese zodiac sign: Rat)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania State University, Peabody High School
Member of: Committee for the First Amendment
Spouses (current/former): Betsy Blair, Jeanne Coyne
Father: James Patrick Joseph Kelly
Mother: Harriet Catherine Curran
Other names for Gene Kelly (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Джин Келли"
"Eugene Curran Kelly"
Gene Kelly frequently works together with these people:
Judy Garland (21x, Actress)
James Stewart (18x, Actor)
Cedric Gibbons (18x, Crew)
Fred Astaire (16x, Actor)
Frank Sinatra (16x, Actor)
Arthur Freed (16x, Crew)
Edwin B. Willis (16x, Crew)
Cyd Charisse (15x, Actress)
Mickey Rooney (13x, Actor)
Lennie Hayton (11x, Crew)
Douglas Shearer (11x, Crew)
Jim Henson (6x, Actor)

Other people with this name: Gene Kelly

WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:6022, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 01/14/2023