Alfred Drake

Actor, Singer, Director
Actor and baritone who played leading roles in landmark Broadway shows including "Oklahoma!" and "Kiss Me Kate. " Drake's good-humored performance as Hajj, a street poet made Emir of Bagdad for a day, in the hit musical ... Read more »
Born: 10/07/1914 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (8)

You're the Top: The Cole Porter Story 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Edge of Night 1955 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Trading Places 1983 (Movie)

President of Exchange (Actor)

Avignon 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Narrator

Hamlet 1964 (Movie)

Claudius (Actor)

The Adventures of Marco Polo (Movie)

Marco Polo (Actor)

Your Money or Your Wife (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Actor and baritone who played leading roles in landmark Broadway shows including "Oklahoma!" and "Kiss Me Kate. " Drake's good-humored performance as Hajj, a street poet made Emir of Bagdad for a day, in the hit musical "Kismet" won him a well-deserved Tony in 1954. A commanding presence, Drake also performed well in straight drama, including several Shakesperean roles. He made regular TV appearances in the 1950s, sometimes in broadcast versions of his stage successes; the most notable of his few film roles was Claudius opposite Richard Burton's "Hamlet" (1964).

Relationships

John M Capurro

Father

Elena Teresa Capurro

Mother

Arturo Capurro

Brother

Family
had two daughters mother, Esther Drake

Esther Drake

Wife
married from 1944 to his death mother of his two daughters

Alma Tollefsen

Wife
married in 1940 divorced in 1944

EDUCATION

Brooklyn College

Brooklyn, New York 1935

Milestones

1983

Returned to films to play the President of the Exchange in "Trading Places"

1973

Inherited the Maurice Chevalier role in the Broadway musical adaptation of "Gigi"

1965

Once again played the Hajj in a revival of "Kismet"

1964

Returned to films to play Claudius in an adaptation of "Hamlet", reprising stage role from the John Gielgud-directed modern dress version starring Richard Burton

1961

Portrayed famed actor Edmund Kean in the curious musical biography "Kean"

1958

With Patricia Morrison, recreated stage leads in NBC "Hallmark Hall of Fame" production of "Kiss Me Kate"

1957

Teamed with Katharine Hepburn in stage production of "Much Ado About Nothing"

1953

Offered role of monarch of Siam in the musical "The King and I"; reportedly asked for a salary of $5000 per week which was deemed to high; Yul Brynner hired for part; replaced Brynner in role when former went on vacation

1953

Enjoyed hit on Broadway as the Hajj in "Kismet"; recreated role in 1955 London staging

1950

Playwriting debut, a translation of "Edward Eager"

1948

Played Fred Graham (and Petruchio) in the Broadway stage musical "Kiss Me Kate"

1946

Made first notable film appearance, in the musical "Tars and Spars"

1942

Achieved stardom on Broadway as Curly in "Oklahoma!"

1937

Appeared on Broadway in "Babes in Arms"

1936

Was understudy and chorus performer in "White Horse Inn"

1935

Made stage debut in the chorus of a production of "The Mikado"

Spent much of the 1960s and 1970s directing plays and appearing in touring productions

Born in the Bronx but raised in Brooklyn

Bonus Trivia

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Inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1981.

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