Gene Kelly

Lowest Rated: 17% Viva Knievel! (1977)
Birthday: Aug 23, 1912
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Along with Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly was the most successful song-and-dance man in film history, a towering figure in the development and enduring success of the movie musical. Born August 23, 1912, in Pittsburgh, PA, he initially studied economics, funding his education by working alternately as a soda jerk and a brick layer. With brother Fred, he also gave dancing lessons. In 1937, the Kelly brothers both unsuccessfully sought choreography work in New York. A year later, however, Gene was cast in the chorus of Leave It to Me, and in 1939 he graduated to a small role in the revue One for the Money. A more prominent performance in the drama The Time of Your Life caught the attention of Richard Rodgers, who cast him as the titular Pal Joey. Kelly left Broadway for Hollywood when David O. Selznick offered him a contract, immediately loaning him to MGM to star opposite Judy Garland in 1942's For Me and My Gal. At the insistence of producer Arthur Freed, MGM bought out the remainder of Kelly's Selznick contract, and cast him in the 1943 war drama Pilot No. 5.After the musical Du Barry Was a Lady, Kelly appeared in the all-star Thousands Cheer. The Cross of Lorraine, a Resistance drama, quickly followed. MGM then loaned him to Paramount for the Rita Hayworth vehicle Cover Girl and also allowed him to share choreography duties with an up-and-coming Stanley Donen, who continued on as his assistant; the result was a major critical and commercial hit, and while the follow-up, Christmas Holiday, passed by unnoticed, 1945's Anchors Aweigh -- which cast Kelly opposite Frank Sinatra -- earned him a Best Actor Oscar nomination, confirming his brilliance as a dancer and choreographer as well as solidifying his increasing power at the box office. In 1944, Kelly had starred in Ziegfield Follies, but the picture did not see the light of day until two years later. In the interim he served in the Navy, and upon returning from duty starred in 1947's Living in a Big Way. For 1948's The Pirate, Kelly teamed with director Vincente Minnelli, followed by a turn as D'Artagnan in The Three Musketeers. Next, in the 1948 Rodgers-and-Hart biography Words and Music, he teamed with Vera Ellen for a performance of "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue."In 1949, Kelly and Donen contributed the original story for Take Me Out to the Ball Game. Later that year, the duo was handed the directorial reins for the classic On the Town, a groundbreaking, exuberant adaptation of the Betty Comden/Adolph Green/Leonard Bernstein Broadway smash. Black Hand (a Mafia drama) and Summer Stock (another collaboration with Garland) followed before Kelly reteamed with Minnelli for 1951's masterful An American in Paris, one of the most acclaimed musicals in Hollywood history. In addition to seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, it also earned Kelly a special Oscar in honor of "his versatility as actor, singer, director, and dancer, and specifically for his brilliant achievements in the art of choreography on film." After the stop-gap It's a Big Country, Kelly and Donen mounted 1952's Singin' in the Rain, arguably the most honored and beloved musical in the canon; a tale of Hollywood set as the silent era gave way to the sound era, it represented an unparalleled zenith for the musical comedy genre, and Kelly's centerpiece performance of the title song remains among the most indelible sequences in film. From this peak, however, there was seemingly nowhere else to go but down: Kelly traveled to Europe to qualify for tax exemption, and there shot a lifeless German thriller, The Devil Makes Three. In Britain, he began work on a planned all-ballet project, Invitation to the Dance, but the picture was never completed. Finally shown in its unfinished state in 1956, it received disastrous critical notice. In the U.K., Kelly also starred in Seagulls Over Sorrento before returning stateside for Minnelli's disappointing Brigadoon. Again working with Donen, he co-directed 1955's It's Always Fair Weath


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Tcm Presents Singin' In The Rain 60th Anniversary Event Encore Actor 2012
No Score Yet Take Me Out to the Ballgame Actor 2011
No Score Yet Gene Kelly - Anatomy of a Dancer Actor 2002
No Score Yet A Bing Crosby Christmas Actor 2000
No Score Yet Words and Music Guest Star 1998
100% That's Entertainment! III Host 1994
No Score Yet Christmas at the Movies: Hosted by Gene Kelly Host 1991
No Score Yet Michael Jackson - The Legend Continues Actor 1989
No Score Yet That's Dancing! Producer Host Executive Producer 1985
No Score Yet Sins Actor 1985
No Score Yet Marx Brothers in a Nutshell Actor 1982
24% Xanadu Danny McGuire 1980
17% Viva Knievel! Will Atkins 1977
No Score Yet That's Entertainment, Part 2 Director Host 1976
100% That's Entertainment Narrator 1973
No Score Yet 40 Carats Billy Boylan 1973
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra: Ol' Blue Eyes is Back Actor 1973
No Score Yet The Cheyenne Social Club Producer Director 1970
43% Hello, Dolly! Director 1969
98% The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort) Andy Miller 1968
57% A Guide for the Married Man Director 1967
No Score Yet Jack and the Beanstalk Director Actor 1967
29% What a Way to Go! Jerry Benson 1964
No Score Yet Gigot Director 1962
92% Inherit the Wind Hornbeck 1960
69% Let's Make Love Guest Star 1960
No Score Yet The Tunnel of Love Director 1958
No Score Yet Marjorie Morningstar Noel Airman 1958
100% Les Girls Barry Nichols 1957
No Score Yet The Happy Road Mike Andrews Director Producer 1957
No Score Yet Invitation to the Dance Screenwriter Actor Director 1956
100% It's Always Fair Weather Ted Riley 1955
No Score Yet Deep in My Heart Guest Star 1954
No Score Yet Crest of the Wave (Seagulls Over Sorrento) Lt. 'Brad' Bradville 1954
85% Brigadoon Tommy Albright 1954
No Score Yet The Devil Makes Three Capt. Jeff Eliot 1952
100% Singin' in the Rain Director Don Lockwood 1952
No Score Yet Love Is Better Than Ever Guest Star 1952
No Score Yet It's a Big Country Icarus Xenophon 1951
95% An American in Paris Jerry Mulligan 1951
No Score Yet Black Hand Giovanni E. 'Johnny' Columbo 1950
No Score Yet Summer Stock Joe D. Ross 1950
93% On the Town Director Gabey 1949
93% Take Me Out to the Ball Game Eddie O'Brien 1949
71% The Three Musketeers D'Artagnan 1948
71% The Pirate Serafin 1948
No Score Yet Living in a Big Way Leo Gogarty 1947
67% Ziegfeld Follies Gentleman 1946
62% Anchors Aweigh Joseph Brady 1945
83% Christmas Holiday Robert Manette 1944
94% Cover Girl Danny McGuire 1944
No Score Yet The Cross of Lorraine Victor 1943
No Score Yet Thousands Cheer Eddie Marsh 1943
No Score Yet Du Barry Was a Lady Alec Howe/Black Arrow 1943
No Score Yet Pilot No. 5 Vito S. Alessandro 1943
No Score Yet DuBarry Was a Lady Actor 1943
100% For Me and My Gal Harry Palmer 1942
No Score Yet U.S.S. Franklin: The Ship That Wouldn't Die Actor


91% The Leftovers
Producer Executive Producer
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet American Masters
  • 2002
100% The Muppet Show
  • 1981