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The War Wagon... Wayne plays rancher Taw Jackson, who's dead set on capturing an ironclad... more info $9.99was $9.99 Buy Now

Calamity Jane... How the west was sung!Doris Day and Howard Keel fuss, feud and fall in love as... more info $19.98was $19.98 Buy Now

Show Boat DVD ... Come one, come all to the Show Boat show!From novel (by Edna Ferber) to Broadway... more info $19.98was $19.98 Buy Now

Seven Brides... When rugged frontiersman Adam sweeps local beauty, Milly, off her feet, the... more info $7.99was $14.98 Buy Now

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Seven Brides... Howard Keel and Jane Powell are at their best in the frontier musical romance,... more info $26.98was $26.98 Buy Now

Also Known As: Died: November 7, 2004
Born: April 13, 1919 Cause of Death: Colon cancer
Birth Place: Gillespie, Illinois, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1933:
Moved to Southern California at age 16 (date approximate)
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Worked as a singing busboy in a Los Angeles cafe
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Worked for Douglas Aircraft as a manufacturing representative travelling among various company plants; work included singing; won a first prize award at the Mississippi Valley while on the road; also won an award at the Chicago Music Festival
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Began singing career with the American Music Theatre in Pasadena, California
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Chosen by Oscar Hammerstein II to perform on Broadway in "Carousel"; succeeded John Raitt in the leading role of Billy Bigelow; also took over the leading role of Curly in "Oklahoma"
1947:
Recreated the role of Curly when he opened the London stage production of "Oklahoma"
1948:
Made feature film debut in a non-singing supporting role in the British crime drama, "The Small Voice"
1950:
Signed by MGM; became instant star as the male lead of "Annie Get Your Gun"
1951:
Provided the offscreen narration for the Western saga, "Across the Wide Missouri", starring Clark Gable
1951:
First film opposite Kathryn Grayson, "Show Boat"
1952:
First leading role in a non-musical, "Desperate Search"
1954:
Made best-remembered film, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"
1955:
Last musical starring roles, and last musicals for MGM, "Jupiter's Darling" and "Kismet"
1958:
Went to Britain to play the leading role in the action drama, "Floods of Fear"
1967:
Last leading role, "Red Tomahawk"
1968:
Last feature film appearance for over 20 years, "Arizona Bushwhackers"
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Starred on the London stage in the musical "Ambassador"; later brought the role to Broadway (date approximate)
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Toured the nightclub circuit, sometimes teaming up with his co-star from three MGM musicals of the 1950s, Kathryn Grayson
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Toured in stage productions of musicals and comedies including "Camelot", "Man of La Mancha", "Paint Your Wagon", "I Do! I Do!", "Plaza Suite", "Gigi", "Show Boat", "Kismet", "The Most Happy Fella" and "The Fantasticks"
1977:
Teamed with Jane Powell on record-breaking national theater tour of "South Pacific"
1978:
Reprised screen role of eldest brother Adam in a touring stage version of "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers", opposite original screen co-star Jane Powell
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Joined the cast of the CBS primetime serial drama, "Dallas", which had premiered in 1978; played Clayton Farlow
1983:
Recorded first solo album, "And I Love You So"
1994:
Was one of the hosts of the feature compilation documentary, "That's Entertainment III", revisiting the MGM musical from the coming of sound through the late 1950s

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