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|Also Known As:||Died:||February 2, 1996|
|Born:||August 23, 1912||Cause of Death:||complications from a series of strokes|
|Birth Place:||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
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Took over mother's dance school and renamed it Gene Kelly's Studio of the Dance
Performed dance act with his brother Fred
Made unsuccessful RKO screen test
Debut as stage dance director/choreographer, "Hold Your Hats", Pittsburgh Playhouse
Moved to New York; made Broadway debut as dancer in "Leave It to Me"
Starred as Joey Evans on Broadway in "Pal Joey"
Signed 7 year contract with David O Selznick
Lent to MGM for film debut in "For Me and My Gal"; contract bought by MGM
Made first non-musical films, "The Cross of Lorraine" and "Pilot No. 5", both WWII dramas
First film as choreographer, "Cover Girl"
Served in US Naval Air Service
Feature directorial debut (co-directed with Stanley Donen), "On the Town" (also co-starred)
First international film credit: acted in the US/Great Britain co-production, Crest of the Wave/Seagulls Over Sorrento", a war drama
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
Last film as performer for MGM, "Les Girls"
Directed the MGM comedy, "The Tunnel of Love", starring Doris Day and Richard Widmark; end of association with MGM
Hosted the TV specials, "The Gene Kelly Pontiac Special" and "The Gene Kelly Show"
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
Directed and produced the TV comedy pilot, "At Your Service", starring Van Johnson; pilot not picked up as series
First and only non-USA film credit, "The Young Girls of Rochefort", a musical comedy directed by Jacques Demy in which he starred
Last directorial credit for a feature-length fictional film, "The Cheyenne Social Club"
Final directorial credit, handling new sequences for the compilation film, "That's Entertainment Part 2"
Final major film acting performance, "Xanadu"
Final onscreen appearance, one of the hosts of "That's Entertainment! III", a compilation film
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