Gene Kelly

Actor, Dancer, Choreographer
Gene Kelly excelled at so many things over the course of his lengthy career, it seemed like he could have successfully tackled virtually any aspect of motion picture performing or production. His remarkable talents as a ... Read more »
Born: 08/23/1912 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (89)

The Young Girls of Rochefort 1998 (Movie)

Andy Miller (Actor)

Legend to Legend Night 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

That's Entertainment! III 1994 (Movie)

Host (Actor)

MGM: When the Lion Roars 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas at the Movies 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Roger Rabbit & the Secrets of Toontown 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Going Hollywood: The War Years 1987 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Movie Palaces 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Liberty Weekend 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Sins 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

That's Dancing! 1985 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Dom DeLuise and Friends 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The World of Entertainment 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Opryland: Night of Stars and Future Stars 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Debby Boone: The Same Old Brand New Me 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Lucy Moves to NBC 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Olivia Newton-John's Hollywood Nights 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Reporters 1980 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sinatra -- The First 40 Years 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Show 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Las Vegas: Palace of Stars 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Xanadu 1979 (Movie)

Danny McGuire (Actor)

A Tribute to "Mr. Television," Milton Berle 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Gene Kelly... An American in Pasadena 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dorothy Hamill Special 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The First 50 Years 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Dick Cavett's Backlot USA 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Steve and Eydie: Our Love Is Here to Stay 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

That's Entertainment Part 2 1976 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The 48th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The World of Magic 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Viva Knievel! 1976 (Movie)

Will Atkins (Actor)

It's Showtime 1975 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Sandy Duncan Show 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Magnavox Presents Frank Sinatra 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

That's Entertainment! 1973 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

40 Carats 1972 (Movie)

Billy Boylan (Actor)

The Funny Side 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Funny Side 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Gene Kelly's Wonderful World of Girls 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cheyenne Social Club 1970 (Movie)

(Voice)

A Guide For the Married Man 1967 (Movie)

(Voice)

Jack and the Beanstalk 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Voice

What a Way to Go! 1963 (Movie)

Jerry Benson (Actor)

Inherit the Wind 1960 (Movie)

E K Hornbeck (Actor)

Let's Make Love 1960 (Movie)

Guest Star (Actor)

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars 1951 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

Marjorie Morningstar 1958 (Movie)

Noel Airman (Actor)

Les Girls 1957 (Movie)

Barry Nichols (Actor)

Invitation to the Dance 1956 (Movie)

Marine (Actor)

The Happy Road 1956 (Movie)

Mike Andrews (Actor)

It's Always Fair Weather 1955 (Movie)

Ted Riley (Actor)

Brigadoon 1954 (Movie)

Tommy Albright (Actor)

Crest of the Wave 1954 (Movie)

Lieutenant Bradville (Actor)

Deep in My Heart 1954 (Movie)

Dancer (Actor)

It's a Big Country 1952 (Movie)

Icarus Xenophon (Actor)

Singin' in the Rain 1952 (Movie)

Don Lockwood (Actor)

An American in Paris 1950 (Movie)

Jerry Mulligan (Actor)

On the Town 1949 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Pirate 1948 (Movie)

(Actor)

Words and Music 1948 (Movie)

Dancer (Actor)

Anchors Aweigh 1945 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cover Girl 1944 (Movie)

(Actor)

Christmas Holiday (Movie)

Robert Monette (Actor)

Du Barry Was a Lady (Movie)

Alec Howe/Black Arrow (Actor)

For Me and My Gal (Movie)

Harry Palmer (Actor)

Jack and the Beanstalk (Movie)

(Actor)

Living in a Big Way (Movie)

Leo Gogarty (Actor)

Love Is Better Than Ever (Movie)

Guest Star (Actor)

North and South (TV Show)

Actor

Sins (TV Show)

Actor

Summer Stock (Movie)

Joe D. Ross (Actor)

Swan Lake (TV Show)

Actor

Take Me Out to the Ball Game (Movie)

Eddie O'Brien (Actor)

The Cross of Lorraine (Movie)

Victor La Biche (Actor)

The Devil Makes Three (Movie)

Captain Jeff Eliot (Actor)

The Peggy Fleming Show (TV Show)

Actor

Thousands Cheer (Movie)

Eddie Marsh (Actor)

Ziegfeld Follies (Movie)

Gene Kelly (Actor)
Director (12)

That's Entertainment Part 2 1976 (Movie)

(new sequences) (Director)

The Cheyenne Social Club 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Hello, Dolly! 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

A Guide For the Married Man 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Gigot 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

The Tunnel of Love 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Invitation to the Dance 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

The Happy Road 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

It's Always Fair Weather 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Singin' in the Rain 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

On the Town 1949 (Movie)

(Director)

Jack and the Beanstalk (Movie)

(Director)
Music (3)

The Object of My Affection 1998 (Movie)

("You Were Meant For Me") (Song Performer)

Xanadu 1979 (Movie)

("Whenever You're Away From Me") (Song Performer)

A Clockwork Orange 1971 (Movie)

("Singin' In The Rain" from the MGM Picture) (Song Performer)
Camera, Film, & Tape (3)

The 21st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Camera

The 20th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Camera

A Line in the Sand: What Did America Win? 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Camera
Producer (2)

The Cheyenne Social Club 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Happy Road 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (2)

Invitation to the Dance 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Take Me Out to the Ball Game (Movie)

(Screen Story)
Art Department (1)

Badman's Country 1958 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)
other (4)

For Me and My Gal (Movie)

(Choreography)

Living in a Big Way (Movie)

(Choreography)

Summer Stock (Movie)

(Choreography)

Take Me Out to the Ball Game (Movie)

(Choreography)
Other (15)

Cats Don't Dance 1997 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

Bert Rigby, You're a Fool 1989 (Movie)

film extract("Singin' in the Rain") (Other)

What a Way to Go! 1963 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

Les Girls 1957 (Movie)

choreography(finale) (Choreographer)

Invitation to the Dance 1956 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

It's Always Fair Weather 1955 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

Brigadoon 1954 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

Singin' in the Rain 1952 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

An American in Paris 1950 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

On the Town 1949 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

The Pirate 1948 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

Words and Music 1948 (Movie)

choreography("Slaughter on 10th Avenue") (Choreographer)

Anchors Aweigh 1945 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

Cover Girl 1944 (Movie)

conception("Alter Ego") (Other)

Cover Girl 1944 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

Biography

Gene Kelly excelled at so many things over the course of his lengthy career, it seemed like he could have successfully tackled virtually any aspect of motion picture performing or production. His remarkable talents as a dancer were justifiably legendary. From his early days in Broadway hits like "Pal Joey" (1940-41), it was clear that Kelly possessed extraordinary prowess and also proved to be a particularly adept choreographer. In classic Golden Age musicals like "Cover Girl" (1944), "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" (1949), "On the Town" (1949), "An American in Paris" (1951), and, most famously, "Singin' in the Rain" (1952), Kelly dazzled and delighted audiences worldwide by often creating technical innovations that made his performances even more astounding, particularly his dance with animated partner Jerry Mouse in "Anchors Aweigh" (1945). Kelly's technical skills also made him an astute director. In addition to co-directing some of his best MGM outings, Kelly did further work in that capacity later in life, helming such pictures as "A Guide for the Married Man" (1967) and "Hello Dolly!" (1969). When traditional musicals fell out of favor in the late 1950s, Kelly switched genres and proved to be a fine dramatic actor in fare like "Inherit the Wind" (1960). While he had several contemporaries who possessed dancing and singing skills that were comparable to his own - rival Fred Astaire being the most notable - there were precious few, if any, performers who could match Kelly when it came to the total package.

Relationships

James Patrick Joseph Kelly

Father
Al Jolson's road manager in the 1920s

Betsy Blair Actor

Wife
Met when Blair was 15 and married two years later Married 1941 Divorced 1957; she later married and divorced director Karel Reisz

Jeanne Coyne Actor

Wife
Married 1960 until her death May 10, 1973

Harriet Kelly

Mother

Patricia Kelly

Wife
Met when she was on a writing assignment Married 1990 until his death Feb. 2, 1996

Bridget Kelly

Daughter
mother, Jeanne Coyne

Kerry Kelly

Daughter
mother, Betsy Blair

Timothy Kelly

Son
mother, Jeanne Coyne

Fred Kelly

Brother
born on June 29, 1916 younger made sole film appearance when he danced with Gene Kelly in "Deep in My Heart", a biopic of Sigmund Romberg in which the two had guest spots later operated a dance studio (one of his students was a young John Travolta) died of cancer on March 15, 2000

James Kelly

Brother
born c. 1910 performed with siblings as The Five Kellys died c. 1989

Harriet Kelly

Sister
oldest sibling performed with siblings as The Five Kellys

Louise Kelly

Sister
performed with siblings as The Five Kellys

EDUCATION

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania
dropped out after studying law for several weeks

Peabody High School

St Raphael's Catholic School

Pennsylvania State University

University Park , Pennsylvania 1933

Milestones

1994

Final onscreen appearance, one of the hosts of "That's Entertainment! III", a compilation film

1980

Final major film acting performance, "Xanadu"

1976

Final directorial credit, handling new sequences for the compilation film, "That's Entertainment Part 2"

1969

Last directorial credit for a feature-length fictional film, "The Cheyenne Social Club"

1967

First and only non-USA film credit, "The Young Girls of Rochefort", a musical comedy directed by Jacques Demy in which he starred

1964

Directed and produced the TV comedy pilot, "At Your Service", starring Van Johnson; pilot not picked up as series

1959

Hosted the TV specials, "The Gene Kelly Pontiac Special" and "The Gene Kelly Show"

1958

Directed the MGM comedy, "The Tunnel of Love", starring Doris Day and Richard Widmark; end of association with MGM

1957

Last film as performer for MGM, "Les Girls"

1956

First solo directorial credits, "The Happy Road", a non-musical children's film in which he also starred, and "Invitation to the Dance", an all-dance film which he also wrote and choreographed

1954

First international film credit: acted in the US/Great Britain co-production, Crest of the Wave/Seagulls Over Sorrento", a war drama

1950

Feature directorial debut (co-directed with Stanley Donen), "On the Town" (also co-starred)

1943

First film as choreographer, "Cover Girl"

1942

Made first non-musical films, "The Cross of Lorraine" and "Pilot No. 5", both WWII dramas

1941

Lent to MGM for film debut in "For Me and My Gal"; contract bought by MGM

1940

Signed 7 year contract with David O Selznick

1940

Starred as Joey Evans on Broadway in "Pal Joey"

1938

Debut as stage dance director/choreographer, "Hold Your Hats", Pittsburgh Playhouse

1938

Moved to New York; made Broadway debut as dancer in "Leave It to Me"

1935

Made unsuccessful RKO screen test

1934

Performed dance act with his brother Fred

1932

Took over mother's dance school and renamed it Gene Kelly's Studio of the Dance

TV series debut, starring as Father Charles O'Malley in the ABC hour-long comedy-drama series, "Going My Way", based on the hit film of 1944

Served in US Naval Air Service

Bonus Trivia

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"Where Fred Astaire glided across shiny dance floors, Gene Kelly bounced. Where Fred tapped, Gene stomped. Where Fred was an airy continental concoction, Gene was an all-American jock--and his rise to stardom revitalized the movie musical. Kelly's apotheosis came when he sang "Singin' in the Rain". ... High-voiced and easy, alone in the patently fake downpour of a studio set, Kelly reveled in the plastic bliss of a world where one can breathe out one's longings in song and dance." --From Entertainment Weekly, January 10, 1992.

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He was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame (1992)

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