Gordon Macrae


Actor
Gordon Macrae

About

Birth Place
East Orange, New Jersey, USA
Born
March 12, 1921
Died
January 24, 1986
Cause of Death
Cancer Compounded By Pneumonia

Biography

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" ...

Family & Companions

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

Notes

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

Biography

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.

Life Events

Photo Collections

Tea for Two - Movie Poster
Tea for Two - Movie Poster

Videos

Movie Clip

Tea For Two (1950) - I Know That You Know First scene for the star, Doris Day as heiress "Nanette," with pals Jimmy (Gordon MacRae) on piano and Tommy (Gene Nelson), dance instructor, song by Jimmy Van Heusen and Irving Caesar, from Tea For Two, 1950.
Starlift (1951) - Ruth Roman, You're Gonna Lose Your Gal Two Air Force guys outside a San Francisco theater where movie stars will be attending a premiere, the sergeant (Dick Wesson) wants the corporal (Ron Hagerthy) to claim to know a fictional movie star, whereupon they meet Ruth Roman, Doris Day and Gordon MacRae, in the Warner Bros. Korean War morale booster Starlift, 1951.
Carousel (1956) - Your Little Pink Bustle Carnival barker Billy (Gordon MacRae) begins his flash-back from heaven, to Maine where he works for Mrs. Mullin (Audrey Christie), noticing pretty Julie (Shirley Jones) and Carrie (Barbara Ruick) in the crowd, early in Darryl Zanuck's 1956 20th Century Fox production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel.
Carousel (1956) - You'll Never Walk Alone Upon the death (accidental, in this movie version) of her betrothed, Julie (Shirley Jones) comforted by Cousin Nettie (Claramae Turner), with the song best known today as the anthem of Liverpool Football Club (as performed by Gerry And The Pacemakers), from Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, 1956.
Carousel (1956) - If I Loved You On the evening of their first meeting, having just lost their jobs for excessive flirting, carnival barker Billy (Gordon MacRae) and mill worker Julie (Shirley Jones) in their first duet, from the 20th Century Fox production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, 1956.
Tea For Two (1950) - Title Song Jimmy (Gordon MacRae) and Tommy (Gene Nelson) have just introduced heiress Nanette (Doris Day) to the big tune (by Vincent Youmans) from their new show, producer Larry (Billy DeWolfe) drooling, secretary Pauline (Eve Arden) skeptical, in Tea For Two, 1950.
West Point Story, The - By The Kissing Rock Cadets Tom (Gordon MacRae) and Bull (Alan Hale Jr.) mugging a tune (a Jule Styne/Sammy Cahn original) from their musical, comments and demonstration by visiting Broadway pro's Bix (James Cagney) and Eve (Virginia Mayo), in The West Point Story, 1950.
West Point Story, The - The Military Polka Producer turned cadet Bix (James Cagney) schemes with Tom (Gordon MacRae) to get movie star Jan (Doris Day) to perform, joined by trouper Eve (Virginia Mayo) and cadet Hal (Gene Nelson), tune by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn, in The West Point Story, 1950.
Backfire (1950) - Pain In His Eyes Delirious hospitalized veteran Bob (Gordon MacRae), visited by a nameless woman (Viveca Lindfors) with an accent, who shares his worry about a missing war buddy, in Backfire, 1950, directed by Vincent Sherman.
Backfire (1950) - Pull Up A Stretcher War buddy Steve (Edmond O'Brien) bumps into nurse Julie (Virginia Mayo) at the Veteran's Hospital, en route to visit injured partner-to-be Bob (Gordon MacRae), opening Backfire, 1950.
Backfire (1950) - Steady Job In Glendale Out of the hospital and on the trail of his missing war buddy Steve (Edmond O'Brien), Bob (Gordon MacRae) visits with fellow veteran turned mortician Ben (Dane Clark), who has news, in Backfire, 1950.

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Family

Meredith MacRae
Daughter
Actor, talk-show host. Died in July 2000.
Garr MacRae
Son
Actor, musician.
Bruce MacRae
Son
Actor, musician.
Heather MacRae
Daughter
Actor, singer.

Companions

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

Bibliography

Notes

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