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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:||Cast ... actor choreographer dancer director dance instructor ditch digger gas station attendant|
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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