Biography

Rudy Vallee started his career as a saxophone player and singer and later became a band leader. In the 1920s and early 30s he had a hit radio program, The Fleishmann's Yeast Hour (where he was hated by his cast and crew due to his explosive ego-driven personality). In the early 1930's he was ranked with the likes of Bing Crosby and the tragic Russ Columbo in the Hit Parade. A huge hit on radio in 1933 with his program, initially known as 'The Fleischmann's Yeast Hour,' Vallee was considered a slave driver by his staff. He was known to instigate fist fights with virtually anyone who got on his nerves. During the run of his show he slugged photographers, threw sheet music in the faces of pianists' heads and if provoked, would sock hecklers in the nose. While audiences loved him, he was hated by most of his staff. As a very popular star in night clubs and on records, as well as in movies, he helped other singers like Alice Faye - who was for a while his band singer - and Frances Langford to start their careers. In his early movies he often played the romantic lead, but he switched later to stuffy and comic parts. He also appeared on Broadway. The mid-60's Broadway hit "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" was filmed in 1967 with him in his original Broadway role.

Rudy Vallee started his career as a saxophone player and singer and later became a band leader. In the 1920s and early 30s he had a hit radio program, The Fleishmann's Yeast Hour (where he was hated by his cast and crew due to his explosive ego-driven personality). In the early 1930's he was ranked with the likes of Bing Crosby and the tragic Russ Columbo in the Hit Parade. A huge hit on radio in 1933 with his program, initially known as 'The Fleischmann's Yeast Hour,' Vallee was considered a slave driver by his staff. He was known to instigate fist fights with virtually anyone who got on his nerves. During the run of his show he slugged photographers, threw sheet music in the faces of pianists' heads and if provoked, would sock hecklers in the nose. While audiences loved him, he was hated by most of his staff. As a very popular star in night clubs and on records, as well as in movies, he helped other singers like Alice Faye - who was for a while his band singer - and Frances Langford to start their careers. In his early movies he often played the romantic lead, but he switched later to stuffy and comic parts. He also appeared on Broadway. The mid-60's Broadway hit "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" was filmed in 1967 with him in his original Broadway role.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 58

Birthday 1901-07-28

Day of Death 1986-07-06

Place of Birth Island Pond, Vermont, USA

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Hubert Prior Vallée

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1977 CHiPs (1 episode)
1975 Ellery Queen (1 episode)
1975 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? as (archive footage)
1975 Slashed Dreams as Proprietor
1971 The Chicago Teddy Bears (1 episode)
1971 Alias Smith and Jones (2 episodes)
1970 Night Gallery (1 episode)
1968 Live a Little, Love a Little as Louis Penlow
1968 Here's Lucy (1 episode)
1967 How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying as Jasper B. Biggley
1966 Batman (3 episodes)
1965 Hollywood My Home Town
1963 Petticoat Junction (1 episode)
1957 The Helen Morgan Story as Himself
1956 Jazz Ball as Himself
1955 Gentlemen Marry Brunettes as Rudy Vallee
1954 Ricochet Romance as Worthington Higgenmacher
1954 December Bride (2 episodes)
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour (1 episode)
1950 The Admiral Was a Lady as Peter Pedigrew
1950 The Golden Twenties as Himself (archive footage)
1950 Your Show of Shows (1 episode)
1949 Father Was a Fullback as Mr. Jessup
1949 The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend as Charles Hingleman
1949 Mother Is a Freshman as John Heaslip
1948 Unfaithfully Yours as August Henshler
1948 My Dear Secretary as Charles Harris
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show (5 episodes)
1948 So This Is New York as Herbert Daley
1948 I Remember Mama as Dr. Johnson
1947 The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer as Tommy Chamberlain
1947 The Sin of Harold Diddlebock as Lynn Sargant
1946 The Fabulous Suzanne as Hendrick Courtney Jr.
1946 Margie as Vocalist-My Time is Your Time (voice) (uncredited)
1946 People Are Funny as Ormsby Jamison
1945 Man Alive as Gordon Tolliver
1945 It's in the Bag! as Rudy Vallee
1944 11th. Naval District 'United States Coast Guard Band' as Themselves as Himself
1943 Screen Snapshots (Series 23, No. 1): Hollywood in Uniform as Himself
1943 Happy Go Lucky as Alfred Monroe
1942 The Palm Beach Story as John D. Hackensacker III
1942 Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood No. 6
1941 Too Many Blondes as Dick Kerrigan
1941 Time Out for Rhythm as Daniel 'Danny' Collins
1940 Rodeo Dough as Rudy Vallee
1939 Second Fiddle as Roger Maxwell
1938 Gold Diggers in Paris as Terry Moore
1938 Breakdowns of 1938 as Himself
1935 Things You Never See on the Screen as Himself
1935 Sweet Music as Skip Houston
1935 A Trip Thru a Hollywood Studio as Himself (uncredited)
1934 Hollywood on Parade No. B-9
1934 George White's Scandals as Jimmy Martin
1933 International House as Himself
1931 Kitty from Kansas City as Singer with Handlebar Moustache
1929 Glorifying the American Girl as Himself
1929 The Vagabond Lover as Rudy Bronson

Writing

1947 The Unfaithful Lyricist

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