Biography

Ray Bolger began his career in vaudeville. He was half of a team called "Sanford and Bolger" and also did numerous Broadway shows on his own. He, like Gene Kelly, was a song-and-dance man as well as an actor. He was signed to a contract with MGM in 1936 and his first role was as himself in The Great Ziegfeld (1936). This was soon followed by a role opposite Eleanor Powell in Rosalie (1937). His first dancing and singing role was in Sweethearts (1938), where he did the "wooden shoes" number with red-headed soprano/actress Jeanette MacDonald. This got him noticed by MGM producers and resulted in his being cast in his most famous role, that of the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz (1939). Surprisingly, even though the film was a success, Bolger's contract with MGM ended. He went to RKO to make Four Jacks and a Jill (1942). After this, Bolger went to Broadway, where he received his greatest satisfaction. In 1953 he turned to television and got his own sitcom, Where's Raymond? (1953), later changed to "The Ray Bolger Show". After his series ended, Bolger made frequent guest appearances on TV and had some small roles in movies. In 1985 he co-hosted That's Dancing! (1985) with Liza Minnelli. Bolger died in 1987 at the age of 83. Interred at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California, USA, in the Mausoleum, Crypt F2, Block 35.

Ray Bolger began his career in vaudeville. He was half of a team called "Sanford and Bolger" and also did numerous Broadway shows on his own. He, like Gene Kelly, was a song-and-dance man as well as an actor. He was signed to a contract with MGM in 1936 and his first role was as himself in The Great Ziegfeld (1936). This was soon followed by a role opposite Eleanor Powell in Rosalie (1937). His first dancing and singing role was in Sweethearts (1938), where he did the "wooden shoes" number with red-headed soprano/actress Jeanette MacDonald. This got him noticed by MGM producers and resulted in his being cast in his most famous role, that of the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz (1939). Surprisingly, even though the film was a success, Bolger's contract with MGM ended. He went to RKO to make Four Jacks and a Jill (1942). After this, Bolger went to Broadway, where he received his greatest satisfaction. In 1953 he turned to television and got his own sitcom, Where's Raymond? (1953), later changed to "The Ray Bolger Show". After his series ended, Bolger made frequent guest appearances on TV and had some small roles in movies. In 1985 he co-hosted That's Dancing! (1985) with Liza Minnelli. Bolger died in 1987 at the age of 83. Interred at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California, USA, in the Mausoleum, Crypt F2, Block 35.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender -

Known Credits 36

Birthday 1904-01-10

Day of Death 1987-01-15

Place of Birth Boston, Massachusetts, U.S

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Raymond Wallace Bulcao

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2004 Judy Garland: By Myself as Himself
2000 The Legend Floyd: The Dark Side Of The Rainbow as Scarecrow
1994 That's Entertainment! III as (archive footage)
1985 That's Dancing! as Himself - Host
1979 The Runner Stumbles as Monsignor Nicholson
1979 Just You and Me, Kid as Tom
1978 Diff'rent Strokes (1 episode)
1977 The Love Boat (1 episode)
1976 Captains and the Kings (8 episodes)
1976 The Entertainer as Billy Rice
1976 Donny & Marie (1 episode)
1975 Baretta (1 episode)
1974 Little House on the Prairie (2 episodes)
1974 That's Entertainment! as Clips from 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'The Harvey Girls' (archive footage)
1970 Nanny and the Professor (1 episode)
1966 The Daydreamer as The Pieman
1964 The Hollywood Palace (2 episodes)
1961 Babes in Toyland as Barnaby
1956 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (2 episodes)
1954 A Star Is Born World Premiere
1953 Where's Raymond? (39 episodes)
1953 General Electric Theater (2 episodes)
1952 April in Paris as Sam Winthrop Putnam
1952 Where's Charley? as Charley Wykeham
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour (1 episode)
1949 Make Mine Laughs as (archive footage)
1949 Look for the Silver Lining as Jack Donahue
1946 The Harvey Girls as Chris Maule
1943 Stage Door Canteen as Ray Bolger
1942 Four Jacks and a Jill as Nifty Sullivan, a Jack
1941 Sunny as Bunny Billings
1939 The Wizard of Oz as 'Hunk' / The Scarecrow
1938 Another Romance of Celluloid: Electrical Power as Himself (uncredited)
1938 Sweethearts as Hans
1937 Rosalie as Bill Delroy
1936 The Great Ziegfeld as Ray Bolger

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