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|Also Known As:||Died:||January 15, 1987|
|Born:||January 10, 1904||Cause of Death:||cancer|
|Birth Place:||Boston, Massachusetts, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
In 1926, Bolger briefly roomed with composer Harold Arlen who later wrote the music for "The Wizard of Oz" (1939).
He was reportedly once fired from an insurance agency for dancing in the hallways.
During a performance of "Life Begins at 8:40" at NYC's Winter Garden Theater in January 1935, a small fire broke out on the roof. Bolger reportedly helped to keep the crowd calm by performing an impromptu tap dance saying, "you can't walk out on me!"
Bolger originally was chosen to play the Tin Man in "The Wizard of Oz"; he balked at playing the role and eventually switched parts with Buddy Ebsen who was cast as the Scarecrow.
Inducted in the Theater Hall of Fame in 1980.
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