Biography

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 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 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was For Me and My Gal (1942) with Judy Garland. What kept Kelly in Hollywood were "the kindred creative spirits" he found behind the scenes at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. 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. Gene Kelly died at age 83 of complications from two strokes on February 2, 1996 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 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 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was For Me and My Gal (1942) with Judy Garland. What kept Kelly in Hollywood were "the kindred creative spirits" he found behind the scenes at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. 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. Gene Kelly died at age 83 of complications from two strokes on February 2, 1996 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 91

Birthday 1912-08-23

Day of Death 1996-02-02

Place of Birth Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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Also Known As

  • Джин Келли

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2018 La La La as Various Roles (archive footage)
2014 And the Oscar Goes To...
2013 Talking Pictures (1 episode) as Himself - Archive footage
2006 Happy Again
2004 Judy Garland: By Myself as Himself
2002 Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer as Himself (archive footage)
2000 Hollywood Musicals of the 40's as Archive footage
1999 AFI Lifetime Achievement Award: A Tribute to Fred Astaire
1998 A Bing Crosby Christmas as Himself
1995 The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies
1994 That's Entertainment! III as Himself - Co-Host / Narrator
1993 The Young Girls Turn 25 as Himself (archive footage)
1990 Tom & Jerry's 50th Birthday Bash as Himself
1988 James Stewart's Wonderful Life as Himself
1988 Roger Rabbit and the Secrets of Toon Town as Himself
1987 The Movie Palaces as Gene Kelly
1986 Sins (3 episodes) as Eric Hovland
1985 North and South (15 episodes)
1985 That's Dancing! as Himself - Host
1983 James Bond: The First 21 Years as Himself
1982 The Marx Brothers in a Nutshell as Narrator
1981 Reporters
1980 Xanadu as Danny McGuire
1980 Olivia Newton-John: Hollywood Nights
1980 Lucy Moves to NBC as Himself
1978 The Kennedy Center Honors (1 episode)
1977 Viva Knievel! as Will Atkins
1977 An Evening with Gene Kelly as himself
1976 The Muppet Show (1 episode)
1976 That's Entertainment, Part II as Himself - Co-Host / Narrator
1976 It's Showtime
1975 The Lion Roars Again as Himself
1974 The Sandy Duncan Special as Himself
1974 The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts (2 episodes)
1974 That's Entertainment! as Himself - Host / Narrator
1973 Frank Sinatra: Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back
1973 40 Carats as Billy Boylan
1971 The Funny Side (14 episodes) as Host
1967 The Young Girls of Rochefort as Andy Miller
1967 Jack and the Beanstalk as Jeremy Keen, Proprietor (Peddler)
1965 The Julie Andrews Show as Himself
1964 What a Way to Go! as Pinky Benson
1964 The Odyssey of Rita Hayworth as Himself (archive footage)
1962 Going My Way (30 episodes)
1961 Hollywood: The Golden Years as Host
1960 Let's Make Love as Himself
1960 Inherit the Wind as E.K. Hornbeck
1958 Marjorie Morningstar as Noel Airman
1957 The Happy Road as Michael J. Andrews
1957 Les Girls as Barry Nichols
1956 Invitation to the Dance as Host / Pierrot / The Marine / Sinbad
1955 It's Always Fair Weather as Ted Riley
1954 Deep in My Heart as Gene Kelly
1954 Brigadoon as Tommy Albright
1954 Seagulls Over Sorrento as Lieutenant Bradville
1953 The Academy Awards (5 episodes)
1952 Omnibus (1 episode)
1952 The Devil Makes Three as Capt. Jeff Eliot
1952 Singin' in the Rain as Don Lockwood
1952 Love Is Better Than Ever as Himself
1951 It's a Big Country as Icarus Xenophon
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1 episode)
1951 An American in Paris as Jerry Mulligan
1950 Summer Stock as Joe D. Ross
1950 The Costume Designer
1950 Black Hand as Giovanni E. 'Johnny' Columbo
1949 On the Town as Gabey
1949 Take Me Out to the Ball Game as Eddie O'Brien
1948 Words and Music as Himself
1948 The Three Musketeers as D'Artagnan
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show (2 episodes)
1948 The Pirate as Serafin
1947 Living in a Big Way as Leo Gogarty
1945 Ziegfeld Follies as Gentleman in 'The Babbit and the Bromide'
1945 Anchors Aweigh as Joseph Brady
1945 Combat Fatigue Irritability as Seaman Bob Lucas
1944 Cover Girl as Danny McGuire
1944 Twenty Years After
1944 Christmas Holiday as Robert Manette
1943 The Cross of Lorraine as Victor
1943 Du Barry Was a Lady as Alec Howe / Black Arrow
1943 Pilot #5 as Vito S. Alessandro
1943 Thousands Cheer as Private Eddie Marsh
1942 For Me and My Gal as Harry Palmer

Directing

1976 That's Entertainment, Part II Director
1970 The Cheyenne Social Club Director
1969 Hello, Dolly! Director
1967 Jack and the Beanstalk Director
1967 A Guide for the Married Man Director
1963 Vacation Playhouse (1 episode)Director
1962 Gigot Director
1958 The Tunnel of Love Director
1957 The Happy Road Director
1956 Invitation to the Dance Director
1955 It's Always Fair Weather Director
1952 Singin' in the Rain Director
1949 On the Town Director
1945 Combat Fatigue Irritability Director

Production

1970 The Cheyenne Social Club Producer
1967 Jack and the Beanstalk Producer

Writing

1956 Invitation to the Dance Writer
1949 Take Me Out to the Ball Game Story

Sound

2013 Moses of Prosthesis Music

Crew

1952 Singin' in the Rain Choreographer

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