Ray Bolger

Actor, Singer, Dancer
Although he had racked up numerous stage and screen credits, rubber-legged song-and-dance man Ray Bolger will forever be remembered by children of all ages as the Scarecrow who accompanies Dorothy, the Tin Man and the ... Read more »
Born: 01/10/1904 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (25)

Carmen & Geoffrey 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

That's Entertainment! III 1994 (Movie)

Song Performer (Actor)

That's Dancing! 1985 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Just You and Me, Kid 1979 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

The Runner Stumbles 1978 (Movie)

Monsignor Nicholson (Actor)

The Entertainer 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Partridge Family (ABC) 1970 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Show (02/16/70) 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Daydreamer 1965 (Movie)

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Babes in Toyland 1961 (Movie)

Barnaby (Actor)

Operation Entertainment 1954 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

The Harvey Girls 1945 (Movie)

Chris Maule (Actor)

Forever and a Day 1943 (Movie)

Sentry (Actor)

Stage Door Canteen 1942 (Movie)

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The Wizard of Oz 1938 (Movie)

Scarecrow (Actor)

The Great Ziegfeld 1935 (Movie)

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April in Paris (Movie)

S. Winthrop Putnam (Actor)

Captains and the Kings (TV Show)

Actor

For Heaven's Sake (Movie)

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Look for the Silver Lining (Movie)

Jack Donahue (Actor)

Rosalie (Movie)

Bill Delroy (Actor)

Sunny (Movie)

Bunny Billings (Actor)

Sweethearts (Movie)

Hans the Dancer (Actor)

Three on a Date (TV Show)

Actor

Where's Charley? (Movie)

Charley Wykeham (Actor)

Biography

Although he had racked up numerous stage and screen credits, rubber-legged song-and-dance man Ray Bolger will forever be remembered by children of all ages as the Scarecrow who accompanies Dorothy, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion to the Emerald City in search of "The Wizard of Oz" in that 1939 MGM classic.

Relationships

Anne Bolger

Mother

James Bolger

Father

John Bolger

Great-Nephew
had appeared on numerous daytime serial like "GUiding Light", "Another World" and "One Life to Live"

Gwendolyn Rickard

Wife
met in 1924 married from July 1929 until his death died in 1997 at age 89

EDUCATION

Dorchester High School

Dorchester, Massachusetts 1920

Milestones

1985

Narrated and co-hosted the compilation film "That's Dancing"

1984

Underwent hip surgery

1979

Final film, "The Runner Stumbles"

1978

Last TV-movie "Three on a Date" (ABC)

1976

Appeared in the NBC miniseries "Captains and the Kings"

1976

Nominated in for an Emmy for his dramatic turn in the NBC TV-movie "The Entertainer"

1968

Final stage role in "Come Summer"

1963

Made guest appearance on "The Judy Garland Show" (CBS)

1962

Returned to Broadway in "All American"

1961

Portrayed the Toymaker in "Babes in Toyland"

1952

Performed at the opening of the Hotel Sahara in Las Vegas

1952

Recreated stage role in the film version of "Where's Charley?"

1946

Had featured role in MGM's "The Harvey Girls", starring Judy Garland

1941

Made one-shot appearance at RKO in "Four Jacks and a Jill"

1941

Starred in "By Jupiter"

1939

Played his signature role of the Scarecrow in "The Wizard of Oz"

1936

Had stage success in "On Your Toes"

1936

Put under contract at MGM; film acting debut as himself in "The Great Ziegfeld"

1926

Broadway debut in "A Merry World"

1925

Acted onstage in "A Pair of Nifties" in Cambridge, Massachusetts

1924

Toured in vaudeville

1923

Appeared in "One Hour From Broadway" in Lukens, Pennsylvania

1922

Professional stage debut in Bob Ott Musical Comedy Reperory Company in Boston

Hosted the variety series "Washington Square" (NBC)

Starred in the ABC comedy series "Where's Raymond/The Ray Bolger Show" (ABC)

Toured in USO shows entertaining the troops

Had one of his best stage roles in "Where's Charley?"; introduced signature song of "Once in Love in Amy"

Raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts

Bonus Trivia

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Bolger originally was chosen to play the Tin Man in "The Wizard of Oz"; he balked at playing the role and eventually switched parts with Buddy Ebsen who was cast as the Scarecrow.

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During a performance of "Life Begins at 8:40" at NYC's Winter Garden Theater in January 1935, a small fire broke out on the roof. Bolger reportedly helped to keep the crowd calm by performing an impromptu tap dance saying, "you can't walk out on me!"

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He was reportedly once fired from an insurance agency for dancing in the hallways.

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In 1926, Bolger briefly roomed with composer Harold Arlen who later wrote the music for "The Wizard of Oz" (1939).

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Inducted in the Theater Hall of Fame in 1980.

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