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Also Known As: Eugene Curran Kelly Died: February 2, 1996
Born: August 23, 1912 Cause of Death: complications from a series of strokes
Birth Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, choreographer, dancer, director, dance instructor, ditch digger, gas station attendant

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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...

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.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  That's Entertainment! II (1976) Director (New Sequences)
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  Hello, Dolly! (1969) Director
4.
5.
  Gigot (1962) Director
6.
  The Tunnel of Love (1958) Director
7.
  The Happy Road (1957) Director
8.
  Invitation to the Dance (1956) Director
9.
10.
  Singin' in the Rain (1952) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 That's Entertainment! III (1994) Host; Song Performer
4.
 MGM: When the Lion Roars (1992) (Archival Footage)
5.
 That'S Dancing! (1985) Narration
6.
 Going Hollywood: The War Years (1983) Himself (Archival Footage)
7.
 Reporters (1981)
8.
 Xanadu (1980) Danny Mcguire
9.
 Viva Knievel! (1977) Will Atkins
10.
 That's Entertainment! II (1976) Narration
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Milestones close milestones

1932:
Took over mother's dance school and renamed it Gene Kelly's Studio of the Dance
1934:
Performed dance act with his brother Fred
1935:
Made unsuccessful RKO screen test
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"
1941:
Starred as Joey Evans on Broadway in "Pal Joey"
1941:
Signed 7 year contract with David O Selznick
1942:
Lent to MGM for film debut in "For Me and My Gal"; contract bought by MGM
1943:
Made first non-musical films, "The Cross of Lorraine" and "Pilot No. 5", both WWII dramas
1944:
First film as choreographer, "Cover Girl"
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Served in US Naval Air Service
1950:
Feature directorial debut (co-directed with Stanley Donen), "On the Town" (also co-starred)
1954:
First international film credit: acted in the US/Great Britain co-production, Crest of the Wave/Seagulls Over Sorrento", a war drama
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
1957:
Last film as performer for MGM, "Les Girls"
1958:
Directed the MGM comedy, "The Tunnel of Love", starring Doris Day and Richard Widmark; end of association with MGM
1959:
Hosted the TV specials, "The Gene Kelly Pontiac Special" and "The Gene Kelly Show"
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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
1964:
Directed and produced the TV comedy pilot, "At Your Service", starring Van Johnson; pilot not picked up as series
1967:
First and only non-USA film credit, "The Young Girls of Rochefort", a musical comedy directed by Jacques Demy in which he starred
1970:
Last directorial credit for a feature-length fictional film, "The Cheyenne Social Club"
1976:
Final directorial credit, handling new sequences for the compilation film, "That's Entertainment Part 2"
1980:
Final major film acting performance, "Xanadu"
1994:
Final onscreen appearance, one of the hosts of "That's Entertainment! III", a compilation film
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Education

Peabody High School: -
University of Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania -
St Raphael's Catholic School: -
Pennsylvania State University: University Park , Pennsylvania - 1933

Notes

"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.

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

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Betsy Blair. Actor. Married in 1941; divorced in 1957; later married and divorced director Karel Reisz; mother of Kelly's oldest child.
wife:
Jeanne Coyne. Dancer. Married from 1960 until her death in 1973; formerly married to Stanley Donen; had two children with Kelly.
wife:
Patricia Ward Kelly. Journalist. Married in 1990 when she was 32; met Kelly on a writing assignment; survived him.

Family close complete family listing

father:
James Patrick Joseph Kelly. Theatrical manager. Al Jolson's road manager in the 1920s.
mother:
Harriet Kelly. Dance studio owner, amateur actor.
sister:
Harriet Joan Kelly. Child performer. Oldest sibling; performed with siblings as The Five Kellys.
brother:
James Kelly. Child performer. Born c. 1910; performed with siblings as The Five Kellys; died c. 1989.
sister:
Louise Kelly. Child performer. Performed with siblings as The Five Kellys.
brother:
Fred Kelly. Dancer, actor, dance teacher. 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.
daughter:
Kerry Kelly. Mother, Betsy Blair.
son:
Timothy Kelly. Mother, Jeanne Coyne.
daughter:
Bridget Kelly. Costumer. Mother, Jeanne Coyne.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"The Cinema of Gene Kelly" Museum of Modern Art
"Gene Kelly -- Versatility Personified" St Austell, Primestyle Ltd.
"The Films of Gene Kelly" Citadel Press
"Gene Kelly: A Biography" Regnery
"Gene Kelly" Pyramid Books
"Gene Kelly: A Life of Dance and Dreams" Back Stage Books
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