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Also Known As: Died: September 27, 2003
Born: August 28, 1925 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: Cast ...
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COMPLETE FILMOGRAPHY WITH SYNOPSIS

Cast (feature film)

1.
Out to Sea (1997) as Jonathan
Herb and Charlie, a couple of mis-matched brothers-in-law, are hired by a cruise ship to dance with widowed women. Trouble ensues, however, when they begin scheming to cheat some of the women out of their money. While Charlie continues to chase the beautiful and wealthy Liz, Herb unexpectedly finds
2.
That's Entertainment! III (1994) as Song Performer
Classic musical numbers and rare behind-the-scenes footage show how MGM created the screen''s greatest musicals. Featuring clips with Gene Kelly, Lena Horne and Debbie Reynolds.
3.
Toys (1992) as Kenneth Zevo
Whimsical Leslie Zevo may not have a head for business, but he knows fun. When his dying father leaves the toy company in the hands of Lt. General Leland Zevo, Leslie will have to use the power of imagination to save the company from becoming an arms manufacturer.
4.
Time to Remember, A (1988) as Father Walsh
After achieving concert hall success, a young man looks back on his struggle to become a classical singer despite his father's protestations.
5.
Pandemonium (1982)
In this spoof of slasher films, a mad killer haunts the campus of it Had To Be U, a school for cheerleaders, murdering the students in various silly ways.
6.
Ragtime (1981) as Evelyn'S Dance Instructor
A proud black musician rebels against racism in turn-of-the-century New York.
7.
That's Entertainment! (1974) as Narration
An all-star cast, including Fred Astaire and Frank Sinatra, introduces clips from MGM's greatest musicals.
8.
That Funny Feeling (1965) as Harvey Granson
A cleaning girl tries to pass off her workplace as her home, not knowing she''''s dating her boss.
9.
The Wonders of Aladdin (1961) as Aladdin
A poor young man discovers a magic lantern inhabited by a genie.
10.
Cry for Happy (1961) as Murray Prince
Army photographers on leave in Japan take over a geisha house.
11.
The Buster Keaton Story (1957) as Buster Keaton
12.
Anything Goes (1956) as Ted Adams
The members of a song-and-dance duo promise the lead in their next show to two different women.
13.
Francis in the Navy (1955) as Lt. Peter Stirling/Slicker Donevan
14.
Francis Joins the WACS (1954) as Peter Sterling
On arrival at Fort Chase, ex-soldier Peter Stirling, recalled to active duty, is re-united with his old pal Francis the Talking Mule. Gradually, it dawns on Peter that a clerical error has assigned him to an all-female WAC base, where broad slapstick is the order of the day and Francis has more horse sense than any of the human officers. Too innocent to appreciate the pleasant aspects of his predicament, Peter ends by helping the "enemy" in a war-game battle of the sexes.
15.
There's No Business Like Show Business (1954) as Tim Donahue
A blonde beauty upsets a show business family.
16.
Francis Covers the Big Town (1953) as Peter Stirling
17.
Call Me Madam (1953) as Kenneth Gibson
A Washington hostess takes an assignment as ambassador to the world''''s smallest nation.
18.
I Love Melvin (1953) as Melvin Hoover
A photographer''s assistant promises to turn a chorus girl into a cover girl.
19.
Walking My Baby Back Home (1953) as Jigger Millard
20.
Singin' in the Rain (1952) as Cosmo Brown
A silent-screen swashbuckler finds love while trying to adjust to the coming of sound.
21.
Francis Goes to West Point (1952) as Peter Stirling
Peter Sterling (Donald O'Conner) is working at a government plant. His friend Francis (the talking mule) tells him the plant is going to be bombed. Peter passes the information to the plant manager. The bombers are caught and the plant is saved. Because of his help in saving the plant, Peter is sent to West Point. After his arrival, he finds out that Francis is there as one of the mascots. As usual, Peter gets himself in trouble by telling the commander that Francis can talk.
22.
Double Crossbones (1951) as Davey Crandall[/Bloodthirsty Dave]
23.
Francis Goes to the Races (1951) as Peter Sterling
24.
The Milkman (1950) as Roger Bradley
Roger Bradley, son of a milk magnate, isn't allowed to work for his dad's company because of a lingering war trauma: in moments of stress he quacks like a duck. Desperate to escape from idleness, he gets a job with his father's arch-rival, sponsored by eccentric milkman Breezy Albright, and promptly falls in love with the boss's daughter. But his career as a milkman soon degenerates into slapstick.
25.
Curtain Call at Cactus Creek (1950) as Edward Timmons
26.
Francis (1950) as Peter Stirling
A talking mule helps a hapless soldier uncover an enemy agent.
27.
Yes Sir, That's My Baby (1949) as William Waldo Winfield
28.
Are You with It? (1948) as Milton Haskins
29.
Feudin', Fussin and A-Fightin' (1948) as Wilbur McMurtry
Small towners kidnap a salesman to help them win a race against their rivals.
30.
Something in the Wind (1947) as Charlie Read
31.
Patrick the Great (1945) as Pat Donahue, Jr.
32.
33.
This Is the Life (1944) as Jimmy [Plum]
18-year-old Angela (Susanna Foster), reared in a New England town by her Aunt Betsy (Dorothy Peterson), receives an inheritance which she uses to go to New York, ostensibly for voice training, but she is pursuing Major Hilary Jarret (Patric Knowles), an Army surgeon with whom she has become infatuated. Her departure depresses her childhood friend Jimmy Plum (Donald O'Connor.) Dr. Plum (Jonathan Hale) devises an errand on which to send his love-sick son to New York, where Jimmy discovers Angela thinks she is Jarret's fiancee. Jimmy also renews acquaintances with a group of show people, including Sally McGuire (Peggy Ryan), who attempts to console him. Jimmy meets Jarret's divorced wife, Harriet (Louise Allbritton), famed photographer. Jimmy engineers a meeting of Jarret and Harriet with Angela present, which forms the beginning of an understanding that Jarret is not for her. Jimmy is inducted into the Army.
34.
Chip Off the Old Block (1944) as Donald Corrigan
35.
The Merry Monahans (1944) as Jimmy Monahan
36.
Follow the Boys (1944) as
37.
When Johnny Comes Marching Home (1943) as Frankie [Flanagan]
38.
Top Man (1943) as Don Warren
39.
Mister Big (1943) as Donald
At the Davis School of the Theatre, ran by Jeremy Taswell (Samuel S. Hinds), where teen-age kids study drama and the serious arts, instructors Johnny Hanley (Robert Paige) and Alice Taswell (Elyse Knox) are in love. The students, including Donald (Donald O'Connor), Patricia (Gloria Jean) and Peggy (Peggy Ryan), secretly want to become singers. Patricia's aunt, Mrs. Davis (Florence Bates), owns the school and disapproves. Donald has written a musical comedy for the year's class play, which the students want to do, but Mrs. Davis has selected and insists they do Sophocles' "Antigone". Taswell agrees to let the kids do Donald's show. Donald manages to keep Mrs. Davis away on the day of the show, and when Broadway producers in attendance rave about Donald's play, she becomes a backer.
40.
It Comes Up Love (1943) as Ricky [Ives]
41.
Give Out, Sisters (1942) as Don
42.
Private Buckaroo (1942) as Donny
43.
Get Hep to Love (1942) as Jimmy Arnold
44.
What's Cookin'? (1942) as Tommy
J. P. Courtney wants to update the music on the radio program he sponsors, but his wife, Agatha Courtney, is the final authority and addicted to the classics and won't allow him to replace Professor Bistell and his symphonic orchestra. Conspiring with his daughter Sue and her friends, Marvo the Great, the Andrews Sisters, Anne Payne and bandleader Woody Herman, they devise a sabotage plot that gets rid of Professor Bistell, and a new sound is soon heard on the program.
45.
Beau Geste (1939) as Beau Geste as a child
Three brothers in the French foreign legion fight off murderous Arabs and a sadistic sergeant.
46.
Death of a Champion (1939) as Small Fry
47.
Boy Trouble (1939) as Butch
48.
Million Dollar Legs (1939) as Sticky Boone
At Middleton College, controlled by rich donor Melton, only paying sports are allowed. But Freddie Frye, conniving student body president, has to get a letter in some sport to win back his girl Susie; he schemes to revive crew boat racing. Sinking boats, no money, and his own waistline stand in his way. Can they win the big race with State University?
49.
Unmarried (1939) as Ted Streaver at 12
50.
On Your Toes (1939) as Phil, as a boy
A hoofer gets mixed up with a ballet dancer, triggering backstage jealousy.
51.
Night Work (1939) as Butch Smiley, the orphan
52.
Sing You Sinners (1938) as Mike Beebe
A brother act is broken up by one sibling''s devotion to gambling.
53.
Sons of the Legion (1938) as Butch Baker
54.
Men with Wings (1938) as Patrick Falconer, as a child
55.
Tom Sawyer, Detective (1938) as Huckleberry Finn
56.
Melody for Two (1937) as
A singing bandleader signs on with an all-girls band.

Cast (special)

57.
Mitzi Gaynor: Hollywood's Cockeyed Optimist (2001) as Interviewee
Profile of entertainer Mitzi Gaynor.
58.
Hollywood at Your Feet: The Story of the Chinese Theatre Footprints (2000) as Interviewee
Documentary about the Chinese Theatre in downtown Hollywood and its composite sidewalk blocks of star handprints and footprints, orchestrated by showman/owner Sid Grauman.
59.
Ethel Merman: There's No Business Like Show Business (1999) as Interviewee
Profile of singer/actress Ethel Merman.
60.
Nicholas Brothers: Flying High, The (1999) as Interviewee
The story of the Nicholas Brothers, a dance team consisting of brothers Fayard and Harold. The Nicholas Brothers performed for seventy years on Broadway, on international tours and in numerous films. Recounts how the brothers overcame the racism that limited their Hollywood roles, as well as the pai
61.
Golden Globe's 50th Anniversary Celebration, The (1994)
A special celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Golden Globe Awards. Features interviews with past winners and current celebrities, live performances and highlights from past ceremonies.
62.
Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years (1993)
A gala special celebrating the 90th birthday of Bob Hope.
63.
Legend to Legend Night (1993)
A special in which celebrities pay tribute to their heroes.
64.
Strung Along (1992)
An episode of "Tales From the Crypt," the horror anthology series. An aging pupppeteer falls victim to a cruel trick by his unfaithful wife and her lover until his favorite puppet decides to act.
65.
America's Tribute to Bob Hope (1988)
A star-studded salute to American comedian Bob Hope. The special was taped January 2, 1988 at the opening of the Bob Hope Cultural Center in Palm Desert, California. At the close of the special, Ronald Reagan presented Hope with the first "America's Hope Award." The award is slated to be given annua
66.
Happy Birthday, Bob -- 50 Stars Salute Your 50 Years With NBC (1988)
A three-hour special celebrating the eighty-fifth birthday of comedian Bob Hope, and his fifty years with NBC. Highlights include a retrospective of Hope's radio days, film clips from his most memorable movies and television shows, and singing and dancing performances by guest celebrities.
67.
Happy Birthday, Hollywood! (1987)
A gala celebration, benefiting the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital, held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles in honor of the centennial of the founding of the town of Hollywood.
68.
Remembering Bing (1987)
A tribute profiling the life and career of Bing Crosby. The program includes film clips and interviews with celebrated performers.
69.
58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation, The (1986) as Presenter
Live coverage of the fifty-eighth annual Academy Awards ceremony.
70.
Irving Berlin's America (1986)
A musical salute to composer Irving Berlin, whose music has captured the American spirit for more than fifty years. Included in the program are vintage television performances, archival news footage, and fifty years of film clips. In addition, interviews with performers associated with Berlin's musi
71.
NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration (1986)
A special featuring more than 100 stars and highlights from the most memorable moments in radio and television history spanning six decades on America's first broadcast network. NBC stars, past and present, recall, via film clips and personal memories, unforgettable moments from the past 60 years. H
72.
Night of 100 Stars II, The (1985)
A star-studded sequel to "The Night of 100 Stars." A celebrity benefit for the Actors Fund of America, featuring music, songs, dances and comedy. Three hundred and eight stars participated in a seven-hour marathon that was edited to three hours for television.
73.
American Film Institute Salute to Gene Kelly, The (1985)
A tribute to actor-dancer Gene Kelly by the American Film Institute (AFI).
74.
Texaco Star Theater: Opening Night (1982)
A tune-filled salute to the American musical theater.
75.
All-Star Salute to Mother's Day, The (1981)
Celebrity guests perform in honor of their mothers and mothers eveywhere.
76.
Music Mart, The (1980) as Wally Coogan
The story of Wally and Carol Coogan, a retired song-and-dance team who run a music store called Coogan's Music Mart.
77.
Bing!... A 50th Anniversary Gala (1977)
A special celebrating Bing Crosby's fifty years in show business.
78.
Donald's Dublin (1972) as Host
A musical journey through Dublin with dancer Donald O'Connor.
79.
Li'l Abner (1971)
A musical adaptation of the comic strip by Al Capp. The story finds the residents of Dog Patch, U.S.A., battling industrial pollution in the form of the sinister Deadly Glops.
80.
And Debbie Makes Six (1967) as Guest
An hour of music, songs, and comedy sketches.
81.
Hollywood Melody (1962) as Host
A music and comedy tribute to the movie musical.
82.
Donald O'Connor Show, The (1960) as Host
The program highlights three facets of Donald's talents: as a singer, dancer, and comedian.
83.
Gene Kelly Show, The (1959) as Guest
A program of music and song.

Producer (special)

84.
Donald O'Connor Show, The (1960) as Producer
The program highlights three facets of Donald's talents: as a singer, dancer, and comedian.

Music (special)

85.
Happy Birthday, Bob -- 50 Stars Salute Your 50 Years With NBC (1988) as Song Performer ("Vaudeville")
A three-hour special celebrating the eighty-fifth birthday of comedian Bob Hope, and his fifty years with NBC. Highlights include a retrospective of Hope's radio days, film clips from his most memorable movies and television shows, and singing and dancing performances by guest celebrities.

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

87.
Bandit: Bandit's Silver Angel (1994) as Uncle Cyrus
When his con-man uncle dies, Bandit takes over his carnival-- then discovers that various "unpleasant people" have a strong interest in it.
88.
Alice in Wonderland (1985) as Lory Bird
Sometimes she's too big. Or much too small. Sometimes things are backwards. And there's always too much pepper in the soup. Nothing is quite right since Alice chased a very unusual White Rabbit and stumbled into an adventure that grows curiouser and curiouser.

Cast (TV Mini-Series)


Cast (short)

90.
The Lion Roars Again (1975)
This MGM promotional short advertises the studios resurgence into the movie industry in the mid-1970s.
91.
That's Entertainment! (Gala Premiere) (1974)
This short film presents the gala premiere for "That''''s Entertainment!" (1974).
92.
Just One More Time (1974)
This promotional short film offers a behind-the-scenes look at the feature "That''''s Entertainment" (1974).

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