Ray Bolger

Actor | * 01/10/1904 († 83, 01/15/1987) | Boston, Massachusetts (United States of America (USA))
Raymond Wallace Bolger (January 10, 1904 – January 15, 1987) was an American film and television actor, vaudevillian, singer, dancer (particularly of tap) and stage performer (particularly musical theatre) who started in the silent film era. He was a major Broadway performer in the 1930s and beyond (see below). He is best known for his role as the Scarecrow and his Kansas counterpart farm worker "Hunk" in The Wizard of Oz (1939) and the villainous Barnaby in Walt Disney's holiday musical fantasy Babes in Toyland. He was also the host of his eponymous television show, The Ray Bolger Show from 1953 and 1955, originally known as "Where's Raymond?" ()
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Ray Bolger began his career in vaudeville. He was half of a team called "Sanford and Bolger" and also did numerous Broadway shows on his own. He, like Gene Kelly, was a song-and-dance man as well as an actor. He was signed to a contract with MGM in 1936 and his first role was as himself in The Great Ziegfeld (1936). This was soon followed by a role opposite Eleanor Powell in Rosalie (1937). His first dancing and singing role was in Sweethearts (1938), where he did the "wooden shoes" number with red-headed soprano/actress Jeanette MacDonald. This got him noticed by MGM producers and resulted in his being cast in his most famous role, that of the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz (1939). Surprisingly, even though the film was a success, Bolger's contract with MGM ended. He went to RKO to make Four Jacks and a Jill (1942). After this, Bolger went to Broadway, where he received his greatest satisfaction. In 1953 he turned to television and got his own sitcom, Where's Raymond? (1953), later changed to "The Ray Bolger Show". After his series ended, Bolger made frequent guest appearances on TV and had some small roles in movies. In 1985 he co-hosted That's Dancing! (1985) with Liza Minnelli. Bolger died in 1987 at the age of 83. Interred at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California, USA, in the Mausoleum, Crypt F2, Block 35.

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

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Awards & Nominations for Ray Bolger

Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical

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Movies with Ray Bolger as Actor(29)

as The Scarecrow2000 The Dark Side of the Rainbow
as (archive footage)1994 That's Entertainment! III
as Himself / The Scarecrow1985 The Whimsical World of Oz
as Himself - Host1985 That's Dancing!
as Sound Effects Man at Radio Station (uncredited)1982 Annie
as Monsignor Nicholson1979 The Runner Stumbles
as Andrew1978 Three on a Date
as Billy Rice1976 The Entertainer
as Clips from 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'The Harvey Girls' (archive footage)1974 That's Entertainment!
as The Pieman1966 The Daydreamer
as Barnaby1961 Babes in Toyland
as Sam Winthrop Putnam1952 April in Paris
as Charley Wykeham1952 Where's Charley?
as Jack Donahue1949 Look for the Silver Lining
as (archive footage)1949 Make Mine Laughs
as Chris Maule1946 The Harvey Girls
as himself1943 Stage Door Canteen
as Nifty Sullivan, a Jack1942 Four Jacks and a Jill
as Bunny Billings1941 Sunny
as 'Hunk' / The Scarecrow1939 The Wizard of Oz
as Hans1938 Sweethearts
as Bill Delroy1937 Rosalie
as himself1936 The Great Ziegfeld

TV Shows/Series with Ray Bolger as Actor(12)

Born: Sunday, 01/10 1904 (January) in Boston, Massachusetts (United States of America (USA))
Died: Thursday, 01/15 1987 (January) in Los Angeles (aged: 83)
Zodiac sign: Capricorn (Chinese zodiac sign: Dragon)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: Dorchester High School
Employer: Warner Bros.
Other names for Ray Bolger (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Raymond Wallace Bulcao"
Ray Bolger frequently works together with these people:
Judy Garland (11x, Actress)
Jack Haley Jr. (8x, Crew)
Frank Morgan (7x, Actor)
Juliet Mills (7x, Actress)
Michael Landon (7x, Actor)
Van Johnson (6x, Actor)
Jack Haley (6x, Actor)
Arte Johnson (6x, Actor)
Robert Cummings (5x, Actor)
Sid Caesar (5x, Actor)
Ethel Merman (5x, Actress)
Roz Kelly (5x, Actress)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:33360, Added: 05/13/2018, Last updated: 05/23/2021