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Gordon MacRae

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Along with his handsome boy-next-door looks, deep baritone, and glorious smile, Gordon MacRae found success like a documenting artist, film actor, and television and radio personality. He documented for Capitol Information for a lot more than 2 decades, and starred in two of the very most popular musicals from the 1950s, the film variations of Richard Rodgers’ and Oscar Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! and Carousel, both which experienced made an appearance previously on Broadway. From 1947, MacRae’s produces for Capitol had been quite effective. Through 1954 he obtained numerous hits, included in this “Rambling Rose,” “Therefore in Like,” “It’s Magic,” “I Still Obtain Jealous,” “Locks of Gold, Eye of Blue,” and “In the Candlelight Café.” Pursuing an lack of four years from your charts, “THE TRICK” caused his come back. MacRae’s chart achievement was not limited by solo attempts. He also collaborated with Jo Stafford, who previously sang for Tommy Dorsey’s clothing. MacRae and Stafford strike the very best of U.S. graphs with “My Darling, My Darling.” The duo also released the singles “A — You’re Adorable,” “State Something Sweet for your Sweetheart,” “Whispering Wish,” “Bluebird of Pleasure,” “Dearie,” and “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo.” MacRae also released an record in collaboration along with his initial wife, Sheila MacRae, an celebrity and vocalist. The performer’s name at delivery was Albert Gordon MacRae. Delivered in NJ, he was raised in Syracuse, NY. During his senior high school years he was an associate of the crisis club. Furthermore to performing, he also could keep his own for the saxophone, clarinet, and piano. During his past due teens, a competition win got him to NY, where he performed for many weeks through the World’s Good. The engagement provided him the chance to sing with specialists such as for example Les Dark brown and Harry Adam. The following season, Horace Heidt employed MacRae being a vocalist for his music group. The singer remained with Heidt’s clothing for two years before enlisting within the military, where he received trained in navigation. After his battle assistance, MacRae debuted on Broadway, overtaking for Tommy Arbuckle in Junior Miss. In 1946 he shifted to Three to create Prepared, Ray Bolger’s Broadway revue. The creation brought him to the eye of Capitol and resulted in his agreement with the business. During the past due ’40s MacRae arrived a starring function within the music-based plan The Railroad Hour, where he continued to be through 1954 despite a big change of networks. During this time period Warner Brothers snapped him up because of its motion pictures, offering MacRae a seven-year offer and releasing him within the Big Punch. Several film roles adopted, casting him reverse such stars as Doris Day time, June Haver, Shirley Jones, Jane Powell, and Kathryn Grayson. MacRae bowed from the movies within the middle-’50s and focused on television function and live concerts. He hosted his personal system, The Gordon MacRae Display, and frequently resulted in on such well-known television shows because the Colgate Humor Hour. He started fighting alcoholism by the finish from the 1950s, but from the 1970s he stated to get wrested control on the dependency. In 1982 MacRae was struck down by way of a heart stroke, but he endured until 1986, when he passed away of pneumonia. He also experienced malignancy. MacRae and his 1st wife divorced in 1967. The relationship produced four kids, among them stars Meredith MacRae and Heather MacRae. He wed Liz Schrafft in 1967, as well as the few raised one young child.

Quick Facts


Full Name Gordon MacRae
Died January 24, 1986, William Jennings Bryan House
Height 1.72 m
Profession Actor, Singer
Education Nottingham High School, Deerfield Academy
Nationality American
Spouse Elizabeth Lamberti, Sheila MacRae
Children Meredith MacRae, Heather MacRae, Robert Bruce McRae, Gar MacRae, Amanda MacRae
Music Songs Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin', Oklahoma: People Will Say We're in Love, If I Loved You, You Belong to Me, The Surrey With the Fringe on Top, Whispering Hope, Oklahoma, Pore Jud Is Daid, Beautiful Isle of Somewhere, Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, Beyond the Sunset, Love Is a Many Splendored Thing, Begin the Beguine, Steppin' Out With My Baby, A Man Once Said, Old Man River, Say Something Sweet to Your Sweetheart, I'll String Along With You, Love's Old Sweet Song, Bluebird of Happiness, Soliloquy, Long Long Ago, A Perfect Day, It's Magic, The Melancholy Minstrel, Merry Christmas Waltz, Tea for Two, Girls Were Made to Take Care of Boys, High On A Windy Hill, At the Candlelight Cafe, The Old Rugged Cross, Stars of the Summer Night
Albums Whispering Hope, Kiss Me, Kate, Yesterday - The Definitive Duo, Alone & Together, The Two of Us, Songs of Christmas, The Music Of Sigmund Romberg, Songs For An Evening At Home, The Best Things in Life Are Free / Motion Picture Soundstage, Songs for an Evening at Home / Our Love Story, Motion Picture Soundstage, The Old Rugged Cross, Star of Movie Musicals, Sings for You, This Is Gordon MacRae, Gordon McCrae 78's, Highlights From The World's Greatest Operas, Musical Double Bill: Seven Brides For Seven Brothers/Oklahoma!, It's Anybody's Spring, New Moon, High on a Windy Hill - The Great Hit Sounds of Gordon MacRae, 3 Of A Kind, Who Are We?, The Desert Song, Seasons Of Love, There's Peace In The Vally, Without a Song, The Greatest Hits Collection, Essential Duets, Essential Hits, Oklahoma - Film Soundtrack, Songs For Lovers, The Student Prince - Songs From The Broadway Show, Gordon MacRae, It's Magic, Christmas in Oklahoma: Music from the Film "I Can't Say No", Gordon MacRae Greatest Hits, Evergreen, The Desert Song & Roberta, Songs From 'By The Light Of The Silvery Moon' and Other Selections, OST 3 Sailors and a Girl, But I Do, The Desert Song - Gordon Macrae , Lucille Norman, Gordon MacRae In Concert, Gordon & Jo, Oklahoma! (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Mono Version), The Seasons of Love, Operetta Favourites, Gordon Macrae in Concert / Hallowed Be Thy Name, Romantic Ballads, Gordon MacRae Sings Operetta Favourites
Nominations NME Award for Favourite US Male Singer, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Male Singer
Movies Oklahoma!, Carousel, Tea for Two, On Moonlight Bay, By the Light of the Silvery Moon, The Desert Song, The West Point Story, Starlift, Three Sailors and a Girl, Look for the Silver Lining, The Big Punch, The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady, About Face, The Best Things in Life Are Free, Return of the Frontiersman, Backfire, Harold Arlen: An All-Star Tribute, General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein, Danger in the Skies
TV Shows Lux Video Theatre, The Colgate Comedy Hour


  • Facts
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#Fact
1 Had a son, Gar MacRae.
2 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6325 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
3 He performed in two film musicals with music by Richard Rodgers. Carousel (1956) and Oklahoma! (1955).
4 Born of Scottish immigrant parents.
5 While appearing in a nightclub act with his wife at Lake Tahoe, he received an emergency phone call to replace Frank Sinatra as "Billy Bigelow" in the film version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's stage hit "Carousel", after Sinatra walked out on the filming when he discovered that every scene was to be filmed twice - once for regular CinemaScope and once for CinemaScope 55. Within three days MacRae, who was already familiar with the Broadway show and had wanted to play the role, reported to the set. Ironically, the producers then discovered a way to shoot in CinemaScope 55 and then convert it to regular CinemaScope without filming the movie twice.
6 Some of his bigger songs with Capitol Records were "A Fellow Needs a Girl" and "Body and Soul."
7 Had four children with Sheila MacRae: Meredith MacRae (born 1944); Heather MacRae (1946); William Gordon (1948) and Robert Bruce (1954).
8 At age 19, he won a talent contest sponsored by Picture Magazaine, earning a two-week engagement at the New York World's Fair Outdoor Dancing Pavilion singing for Harry James and Les Brown.
9 At age 11 he was an emcee for a local radio station.
10 In high school (Nottingham High School in Syracuse, NY) he was quite athletic, participating in football, hockey, swimming, baseball, basketball, track, and lacrosse. The National Rifle Association awarded him a marksmanship medal.
11 Was supposed to co-star with Judy Holliday in the original Broadway musical production of "Bells Are Ringing" in 1956. There were contractual problems, however, and he was replaced by Sydney Chaplin.
12 Suffered a stroke in 1982 but managed to tour occasionally upon his recovery. In the fall of 1985, however, he underwent a carotid artery operation. At that time he was diagnosed with cancer and was forced to retire completely.
13 Ex-father-in-law of Greg Mullavey.
14 The father of actresses Meredith MacRae and Heather MacRae.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Pilot 1981 Joe Barnes
Zero to Sixty 1978 Officer Joe
McCloud 1974 TV Series Sheriff John Rodney
The Bell Telephone Hour 1960 TV Series
The Gift of the Magi 1958 TV Movie James Dillingham Young
Lux Video Theatre 1957 TV Series Barry O'Day / Biff Grimes
The Best Things in Life Are Free 1956 B.G. 'Buddy' De Sylva
The Gordon MacRae Show 1956 TV Series Host
Carousel 1956 Billy Bigelow
Oklahoma! 1955 Curly
General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein 1954 TV Movie Curly (segment 'Oklahoma!')
Three Sailors and a Girl 1953 'Choirboy' Jones
The Desert Song 1953 El Khobar / Paul Bonnard
By the Light of the Silvery Moon 1953 Bill Sherman
About Face 1952 Tony Williams
Starlift 1951 Gordon MacRae
On Moonlight Bay 1951 William Sherman
The West Point Story 1950 Tom Fletcher
Tea for Two 1950 Jimmy Smith
Return of the Frontiersman 1950 Logan Barrett
The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady 1950 Tony Pastor
Backfire 1950 Bob Corey
Look for the Silver Lining 1949 Frank Carter
The Big Punch 1948 Johnny Grant

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Banda sonora 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical Treasure 2008 TV Movie documentary performer: "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top", "If I Loved You" - uncredited
The Ed Sullivan Show 1964 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Jackie Gleason Show 1957 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Best Things in Life Are Free 1956 performer: "Here Am I, Broken Hearted", "Button Up Your Overcoat", "Good News", "Lucky in Love"
Carousel 1956 performer: "If I Loved You" 1945, "Soliloquy" 1945, "If I Loved You Reprise" 1945 - uncredited
Oklahoma! 1955 performer: "Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'" 1943, "The Surrey With the Fringe On Top" 1943, "People Will Say We're In Love" 1943, "Pore Jud Is Daid" 1943, "The Farmer and the Cowman" 1943, "People Will Say We're In Love Reprise" 1943, "Oklahoma!" 1943 - uncredited
The Last Command 1955 performer: "Jim Bowie"
General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein 1954 TV Movie performer: "Oklahoma!", "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning", "People Will Say We're in Love"
So You Want a Television Set 1953 Short performer: "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" - uncredited
The Desert Song 1953 performer: "One Alone", "The Riff Song", "The Desert Song" - uncredited
By the Light of the Silvery Moon 1953 lyrics: "Ain't We Got Fun" - uncredited / performer: "By the Light of the Silvery Moon", "My Home Town Is a One Horse Town", "Your Eyes Have Told Me So", "Be My Little Baby Bumble Bee", "Ain't We Got Fun", "If You Were the Only Girl in the World", "Just One Girl" - uncredited
Starlift 1951 performer: "You're Gonna Lose Your Gal", "What Is This Thing Called Love?", "The Good Green Acres of Home" - uncredited
On Moonlight Bay 1951 performer: "Moonlight Bay", "Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile!", "Cuddle Up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine", "Merry Christmas All", "Till We Meet Again" - uncredited
The West Point Story 1950 "By the Kissing Rock", uncredited / performer: "One Hundred Days Till June", "By the Kissing Rock", "Long Before I Knew You", "The Military Polka", "You Love Me" - uncredited
Tea for Two 1950 performer: "I Only Have Eyes for You", "Tea for Two", "I Want to Be Happy", "Do, Do, Do", "The Call of the Sea" uncredited
The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady 1950 performer: "The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady", "As We Are Today", "A Farm off Old Broadway" uncredited, "How Am I Going to Tell Them at the Yacht Club?" uncredited, "The Rose of Tralee" uncredited, "The Winter Serenade" uncredited
Look for the Silver Lining 1949 performer: "Look for the Silver Lining", "Time on My Hands", "A Kiss in the Dark" - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of American Music 1985 TV Movie documentary Himself
All-Star Celebration Opening the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum 1981 TV Movie Himself
The First 100 Years of Recorded Music 1978 TV Movie Himself
Dinah! 1975 TV Series Himself
The Gordon MacRae Variety Special 1971 TV Movie Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1968-1971 TV Series Himself / Himself - Co-Host
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1966-1971 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
The David Frost Show 1969 TV Series Himself
The Dean Martin Show 1965-1969 TV Series Himself
The Joan Rivers Show 1969 TV Series Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1969 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1953-1967 TV Series Himself / Himself - Singer-Impressionist
Stars for Israel 1967 TV Movie Himself
The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show 1966 TV Series Himself
The Bell Telephone Hour 1961-1965 TV Series Himself - Singer / Himself - Host
What's My Line? 1958-1965 TV Series Himself - Mystery Guest / Himself - Guest Panelist
World's Fair Spectacular 1965 TV Movie Himself - Host / Performer
The Hollywood Palace 1965 TV Series Himself
The Aqua Varities 1965 TV Movie Himself - Host
The Jack Paar Program 1962-1964 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest / Himself - Host
I've Got a Secret 1963 TV Series Guest star
Stump the Stars 1963 TV Series Himself - Guest Panelist
Password All-Stars 1962 TV Series Himself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1961-1962 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Here's Hollywood 1960-1961 TV Series Himself
The Garry Moore Show 1958-1961 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest Vocalist
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show 1958-1961 TV Series Himself
About Faces 1960 TV Series Himself
Person to Person 1960 TV Series documentary Himself
No Place Like Home 1960/I TV Movie Himself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1958-1960 TV Series Himself
The Revlon Revue 1960 TV Series Himself
Celebrity Golf 1960 TV Series
To Tell the Truth 1959 TV Series Himself - Guest Panelist
The Dick Clark Show 1958 TV Series Himself
The Polly Bergen Show 1958 TV Series Himself
Lux Video Theatre 1956-1957 TV Series Himself - Host
The Spike Jones Show 1957 TV Series Himself
Schlitz Playhouse 1957 TV Series Himself - Host
The Jackie Gleason Show 1954-1957 TV Series Himself - Guest Host / Himself - Guest Vocalist
Ford Star Jubilee 1956 TV Series Himself
The Jimmy Durante Show 1956 TV Series Himself - Singer
The Martha Raye Show 1956 TV Series Himself
Stage Show 1955 TV Series Himself
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1954-1955 TV Series Himself - Host / Himself - Singer
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Plays Golf 1955 Short Himself
A Star Is Born World Premiere 1954 TV Short Himself
So You Want a Television Set 1953 Short Himself - Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots: Fun in the Sun 1952 Documentary short Himself - Golf Player
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood on the Ball 1952 Short Himself
The Screen Director 1951 Documentary short Himself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Michael Grade's Stars of the Musical Theatre 2014 TV Movie documentary
Out of My Dreams: Oscar Hammerstein II 2012 TV Movie documentary Curly McLain / Billy Bigelow
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical Treasure 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Turns on the Carousel 2006 Video documentary short Billy Bigelow
Broadway: The American Musical 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Curly McLain (in 'Oklahoma!')
Great Performances 2003 TV Series Himself
Biography 2000 TV Series documentary Curly McLain / Billy Bigelow
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years 1997 TV Movie documentary Actor in 'Carousel' (uncredited)
Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of Movies 1996 TV Movie documentary Billy Bigelow (uncredited)
Fred Astaire Salutes the Fox Musicals 1974 TV Movie Himself
The Hollywood Palace 1970 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1956 TV Series Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1956 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Male Singer
1955 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Male Singer


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#Quote
1 "Some of my friends have jokingly accused me of sticking pins into an image of Frank Sinatra or exercising some other kind of voodoo charm to get him out of the role of "Billy" in Carousel (1956) so that I could inherit the role. As most everyone knows by now, Frank did bow out of the picture. His decision on this matter, however, was reached without assistance--mystic, telepathic or otherwise--from me. But I always felt that I would end up with Billy. I wasn't surprised when my agent called to say that 20th Century-Fox wanted me for it. I was excited that, at last, it was mine, but I wasn't surprised".

#Trademark
1 The songs "Oklahoma!" and "If I Loved You"

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