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|Also Known As:||Died:||December 12, 2008|
|Born:||August 25, 1916||Cause of Death:||natural causes|
|Birth Place:||Newport, Rhode Island, United States||Profession:||Cast ...|
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Raised by father after parents' divorce
Performed musical entertainment for local Kiwanis and Lions clubs while in high school
Moved to New York; first job in Off-Broadway was the musical revue, "Entre Nous"
Appeared in the Broadway production of "New Faces of 1936"
Hired by George Abbott as an understudy to three male leads in Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's "Too Many Girls"
Again cast by George Abbott for a small part and also as Gene Kelly's understudy in Rodgers and Hart's Broadway musical, "Pal Joey"
Film debut, "Too Many Girls" (in chorus)
Signed to six-month contract by Warner Brothers (at $300/week); studio dropped his option after two films
Signed to seven-year contract by MGM
Began to attract attention in film, "Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant"
Breakthrough film, "A Guy Named Joe"; first of five films he made opposite Esther Williams
Made first of five films opposite June Allyson, "Two Girls and a Sailor"; first film in which he was received top billing
First of three films opposite Janet Leigh, "The Romance of Rosy Ridge"
Made last film opposite June Allyson, "Remains to Be Seen" and last one opposite Esther Williams, "Easy to Love"
Made TV debut on "The Last Spring" (an installment of the "Loretta Young Show")
First non-US feature, "The End of the Affair"; starred opposite Deborah Kerr in the British-made production
Made nightclub debut in Las Vegas in the mid-1950s
Starred in TV special, "The Pied Piper of Hamelin"
Moved to Switzerland with his family
Last film for three years, "The Enemy General"
Made London stage debut in "The Music Man"
Returned to the US to star opposite Carroll Baker in the Broadway production of "Come on Strong"
First film in three years and also his last starring role in features for years, "Wives and Lovers"; also his last of three films opposite Janet Leigh
Toured with nightclub act which was interrupted by operation for skin cancer
Starred in the CBS pilot "At Your Service"; was not picked up for a series
First TV-movie, "The Doomsday Flight"
Returned to features after four years in "Divorce American Style"
Starred in the CBS pilot, "Man in the Middle"; was not picked up as a series
Performed frequently on the dinner-theater and straw-hat theater circuits through the 1970s and 80s
Played a leading role in "Battle Command"
Received a supporting Emmy nomination for the ABC miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man"
Reprised the role of Marsh Goodwin, in the ABC spinoff series, "Rich Man, Poor Man: Book II"
Replaced star Gene Barry in the long-running Broadway musical "La Cage aux Folles"
Starred in a St. Louis revival of the 1920s Broadway musical classic, "No, No, Nanette"
Appeared on the CBS interview special, "Burt Reynolds' Conversations With..."
Left California Music Theatre's revival of "Show Boat" (played Captain Andy) during previews due to illness (September)
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