Gene Kelly

Gene Kelly

Age
83 (passed away Feb. 2nd, 1996)
Birthday
Aug. 23rd, 1912
Born in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Height
170 cm

Gene Kelly's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Going My Way TV Show
Going My Way
Here's Hollywood TV Show
Here's Hollywood
The $64,000 Question TV Show
The $64,000 Question
 

Main Movie Roles

1981 - Reporters
1980 - Xanadu
1973 - 40 Carats
1967 - A Guide for the Married Man
1957 - Les Girls
1956 - Invitation to the Dance
1956 - Invitation to the Dance
1956 - Invitation to the Dance
1954 - Brigadoon
1954 - Deep in My Heart
1952 - Love Is Better Than Ever
1951 - An American in Paris
1950 - Summer Stock
1949 - Take Me Out to the Ball Game
1949 - On the Town
1948 - The Three Musketeers
1948 - Words and Music
1948 - The Pirate
1945 - Anchors Aweigh
1944 - Christmas Holiday
1944 - Cover Girl
1943 - Thousands Cheer
1943 - Du Barry Was a Lady
1943 - Du Barry Was a Lady
1942 - For Me and My Gal

Guest TV Roles

[none found]



BIOGRAPHY:

M-G-M 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 M-G-M was For Me and My Gal (1942) with Judy Garland (I). What kept Kelly in Hollywood were "the kindred creative spirits" he found behind the scenes at M-G-M. 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.


TRIVIA:
  • Working on an autobiography at the time of his death.
  • Martial arts stars 'Jackie Chan (I)' (qv) and 'David Carradine' (qv) both cite him as an influence.
  • During World War II he was a sailor stationed at the U S Naval Photographic Center in Anacostia, DC (where the documentary _"Victory at Sea" (1952)_ (qv) was later assembled for NBC-TV). He starred in several Navy films while on active duty there and in "civilian" films while on leave.
  • Had three children: 'Kerry Kelly' (qv), with 'Betsy Blair' (qv), in 1942, and 'Bridget Kelly (I)' (qv) and Tim Kelly, with 'Jeanne Coyne' (qv), in the 1960s.
  • Inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1992.
  • He and MGM studio head Louis B Mayer shared a long standing feud stemming from even before Kelly entered the motion picture business. One evening after seeing Gene perform in Pal Joey on Broadway, Mayer met Kelly backstage and offered to sign him to MGM without a screen test. When Kelly later received a call from a MGM representative requesting a screen test he insisted there was some sort of mistake saying he had Mayer's word he did not have to make one and told the rep to ask Mayer himself. When the rep did, he called back days later stating that he did talk to Mayer and that he still had to make a test. Gene was furious and wrote a scathing letter to Mayer for retracting his promise. For the first couple of years he worked for Mayer, Kelly was uncertain that Mayer even read the letter until Louis brought it up in an argument one evening.
  • Had a half-moon shaped scar on his left cheek caused by a bicycle accident he had as a young boy.
  • Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1959


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