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Gene Kelly

Highest Rated:   100% That's Entertainment! III (1994)
Lowest Rated:   0% What a Way to Go! (1964)
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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

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
38% 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
41% Hello, Dolly!
  • Director
1969
97% The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort)
  • Andy Miller
1968
67% A Guide for the Married Man
  • Director
1967
No Score Yet Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Director
  • Actor
1967
0% What a Way to Go!
  • Jerry Benson
1964
No Score Yet Gigot
  • Director
1962
91% Inherit the Wind
  • Hornbeck
1960
67% 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
83% 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
96% 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
75% Ziegfeld Follies
  • Gentleman
1946
62% Anchors Aweigh
  • Joseph Brady
1945
100% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
90% The Leftovers
2014
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2017
  • 2015
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Appearing
  • 2002

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