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Also Known As: Died: January 24, 1986
Born: March 12, 1921 Cause of Death: cancer compounded by pneumonia
Birth Place: East Orange, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor, singer, network page

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Gordon MacRae was a prolific actor who created a name for himself largely on the big screen. MacRae's early acting career consisted of roles in various films, such as the biopic "Look For the Silver Lining" (1949) with June Haver, "Backfire" (1950) and "The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady" (1950). He also appeared in "Tea For Two" (1950) and the James Cagney musical "The West Point Story" (1950). His film career continued throughout the fifties in productions like "On Moonlight Bay" (1951), the musical "Starlift" (1951) with Janice Rule and "About Face" (1952). Toward the end of his career, he tackled roles in "Carousel" (1956), "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (1956) and "The Pilot" (1979). MacRae was most recently credited in the comedy adaptation "Welcome to Woop Woop" (1998) with Johnathon Schaech. He held additional roles in television including a part on "Vaudeville" (1974-75). MacRae was married to Elizabeth Lambert Schrafft and had four children. MacRae passed away in January 1986 at the age of 65.

Gordon MacRae was a prolific actor who created a name for himself largely on the big screen. MacRae's early acting career consisted of roles in various films, such as the biopic "Look For the Silver Lining" (1949) with June Haver, "Backfire" (1950) and "The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady" (1950). He also appeared in "Tea For Two" (1950) and the James Cagney musical "The West Point Story" (1950). His film career continued throughout the fifties in productions like "On Moonlight Bay" (1951), the musical "Starlift" (1951) with Janice Rule and "About Face" (1952). Toward the end of his career, he tackled roles in "Carousel" (1956), "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (1956) and "The Pilot" (1979). MacRae was most recently credited in the comedy adaptation "Welcome to Woop Woop" (1998) with Johnathon Schaech. He held additional roles in television including a part on "Vaudeville" (1974-75). MacRae was married to Elizabeth Lambert Schrafft and had four children. MacRae passed away in January 1986 at the age of 65.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Pilot, The (1979)
2.
 The Best Things in Life Are Free (1956) Buddy "B. G." DeSylva
3.
 Carousel (1956) Billy Bigelow
4.
 Oklahoma! (1955) Curly
5.
 The Desert Song (1953) Paul Bonnard, also known as El Khobar
6.
 By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953) William Sherman
7.
 Three Sailors and a Girl (1953) Choir Boy Jones
8.
 About Face (1952) Tony Williams
9.
 On Moonlight Bay (1951) William Sherman
10.
 Starlift (1951) Himself
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Notes

Served as National Council of Alcoholism honorary chairman and board member from 1983.

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wife:
Sheila Stephens. Actor. Married 1941 - divorce.
wife:
Elizabeth Lambert Schrafft. Married 1967, together had one daughter in 1968.

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daughter:
Meredith MacRae. Actor, talk-show host. Died in July 2000.
son:
Garr MacRae. Actor, musician.
son:
Bruce MacRae. Actor, musician.
daughter:
Heather MacRae. Actor, singer.
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Source: Wikipedia The Internet Encyclopedia

Albert Gordon MacRae (March 12, 1921 – January 24, 1986) was an American actor and singer, best known for his appearances in musical films of the 1950s. Born in East Orange, New Jersey, MacRae made his Broadway debut in the mid-1940s, acquiring his first recording contract soon afterwards. Many of his hit recordings were made with Jo Stafford. It was in 1948 that he appeared in his first film, The Big Punch, a non-musical boxing drama. He soon began an on-screen partnership with Doris Day and appeared with her in several films. In 1953, he starred opposite Kathryn Grayson in the third film version of The Desert Song. This was followed by starring appearances in two major films of Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, Oklahoma! (1955) and Carousel (1956), both opposite Shirley Jones. At this point, alcoholism interfered with his career, and fewer movie musicals with a demand for his type of singing voice continued to be made, but MacRae appeared frequently on television and eventually overcame his alcoholism. He also toured in summer stock and appeared in nightclubs. In 1967, he replaced Robert Preston in the original Broadway run of the musical I Do! I Do!, starring opposite Carol Lawrence, who had taken over the role from Mary Martin. He was married to Sheila MacRae from 1941 until 1967, and was the father of Heather MacRae and the late Meredith MacRae. MacRae was considered by some a better actor than most film musical stars, and he occasionally played non-musical roles, especially in later life. In the 1970s, for instance, he portrayed a murderer on the popular TV series McCloud, and drawing on his experience as an alcoholic, he played a supporting role in the little-seen 1979 motion picture The Pilot, starring Cliff Robertson as an alcoholic pilot. It was his last film. He continued to record and act almost until the end of his life. He died of cancer of the mouth and jaw at his home in Lincoln, Nebraska at the age of 64

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