Gordon MacRae

Gordon MacRae

Highest Rated: 100% On Moonlight Bay (1951)

Lowest Rated: 83% Carousel (1956)

Birthday: Mar 12, 1921

Birthplace: East Orange, New Jersey, USA

American actor/singer Gordon MacRae went from winning a hometown talent contest to singing at the 1939 New York World's Fair at the age of 18. Following stage and cabaret work, MacRae was introduced to film audiences via The Big Punch (1948). His robust baritone obscuring his acting defiencies, MacRae became Warner Bros.' resident male songbird in the early 1950s: he was teamed several times with Doris Day and headlined such Technicolor musicfests as About Face (1952) and The Desert Song (1953). In 1955, MacRae was selected to play Curley in the splashy, Todd-AO film version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! (1955), where he set female hearts aflutter with such standards as "Surrey with the Fringe on Top," "Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'," "People Will Say We're in Love," and the title song. Though he registered well in Oklahoma, MacRae was not the first choice for Billy Bigelow in the 1956 filmization of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel. Frank Sinatra was to have played the irresponsible carnival barker Billy Bigelow, but a combination of throat problems and pressing prior commitments forced Sinatra to bow out, allowing MacRae to play what would be his best film role, and to sing Carousel's immortal "Soliloquy." MacRae left films in 1956 in favor of concert work and TV assignments, in which the singer appeared regularly on The Colgate Comedy Hour, Lux Video Theatre, and (surprise, surprise) The Gordon MacRae Show. At the time of his death, MacRae had been divorced for many years from Sheila MacRae, a multitalented performer in her own right; Gordon and Sheila were the parents of actresses Heather and Meredith MacRae.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet Tennessee Ernie Ford: A Ford Show Family Christmas Actor 2008
No Score Yet The Pilot Joe Barnes 1980
No Score Yet Harold Arlen: An All-Star Tribute Actor 1965
83% Carousel Billy Bigelow 1956
No Score Yet The Best Things in Life Are Free Buddy De Sylva 1956
88% Oklahoma! Curly 1955
No Score Yet By the Light of the Silvery Moon Bill Sherman 1953
No Score Yet The Desert Song Actor 1953
No Score Yet 3 Sailors And A Girl 'Choirboy' Jones 1953
No Score Yet About Face Tony Williams 1952
No Score Yet Starlift Himself 1951
100% On Moonlight Bay Bill Sherman 1951
No Score Yet The West Point Story Tom Fletcher 1950
No Score Yet Tea for Two Jimmy Smith 1950
No Score Yet Backfire Bob Corey 1950
No Score Yet The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady Tony Pastor 1950
No Score Yet Look for the Silver Lining Frank Carter 1949
No Score Yet East Side, West Side Engineer 1927

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