Dan Dailey


Actor, Dancer
Dan Dailey

About

Also Known As
Daniel James Daily Jr., Dan Dailey Jr.
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
December 14, 1915
Died
October 16, 1978

Biography

Dan Dailey was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. In 1937, he made his Broadway acting debut in "Babes in Arms." In his early acting career, Dailey appeared in such films as "Keeping Company" (1940) with Frank Morgan, the Ann Sothern comedy adaptation "Dulcy" (1940) and "The Mortal Storm" (1940). He also appeared in the musical comedy "Hullabaloo" (1940) with Frank Morg...

Photos & Videos

It's Always Fair Weather - Group Publicity Stills
The Wings of Eagles - Movie Poster
Mokey - Lobby Cards

Biography

Dan Dailey was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. In 1937, he made his Broadway acting debut in "Babes in Arms." In his early acting career, Dailey appeared in such films as "Keeping Company" (1940) with Frank Morgan, the Ann Sothern comedy adaptation "Dulcy" (1940) and "The Mortal Storm" (1940). He also appeared in the musical comedy "Hullabaloo" (1940) with Frank Morgan, "Lady Be Good" (1941) and "Ziegfeld Girl" (1941) with James Stewart. His film career continued throughout the forties and the fifties in productions like "You're My Everything" (1949). In the latter part of his career, he tackled roles in "The Wings of Eagles" (1957), "The Wayward Bus" (1957) with Joan Collins and "Pepe" (1960). He also appeared in the dramatic adaptation "Adventures of a Young Man" (1962) with Richard Beymer and the dramatic biopic "The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover" (1977) with Broderick Crawford. Dailey was most recently credited in "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999-). Dailey won an Actor in a Television Series - Musical Or Comedy Golden Globe Award for "The Governor and J.J." in 1969. Dailey was nominated for an Actor Academy Award for "When My Baby Smiles at Me" in 1948. Dailey passed away in October 1978 at the age of 63.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Private Files Of J. Edgar Hoover (1977)
Clyde Tolson
The Daughters of Joshua Cabe Return (1975)
Joshua Cabe
Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones (1971)
Mr Greher
Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man (1962)
Billy Campbell
Pepe (1961)
Ted Holt
Underwater Warrior (1958)
Cmdr. David Forest
Oh, Men! Oh, Women! (1957)
Arthur Turner
The Wayward Bus (1957)
Ernest Horton
The Wings of Eagles (1957)
"Jughead" Carson
The Best Things in Life Are Free (1956)
Ray Henderson
Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956)
Chuck Rodwell
It's Always Fair Weather (1955)
Doug Hallerton
There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)
Terrance Donahue
The Girl Next Door (1953)
Bill Carter
The Kid from Left Field (1953)
Larry "Coop" Cooper
Taxi (1953)
Editor Nielson
The Pride of St. Louis (1952)
Jerome Herman "Dizzy" Dean
What Price Glory (1952)
Sgt. Quirt
Meet Me at the Fair (1952)
Doc Tilbee
Call Me Mister (1951)
[Staff Sgt.] Shep Dooley
I Can Get It for You Wholesale (1951)
Teddy Sherman
I'll Get By (1950)
Himself
My Blue Heaven (1950)
Jack Moran
When Willie Comes Marching Home (1950)
Bill Kluggs
A Ticket to Tomahawk (1950)
Johnny Jameson
You're My Everything (1949)
Timothy O'Connor
Chicken Every Sunday (1949)
Jim Hefferen
You Were Meant for Me (1948)
Chuck Arnold
When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948)
Skid Johnson
Give My Regards to Broadway (1948)
Bert Norwick
Mother Wore Tights (1947)
Daddy, Frank Burt
Give Out, Sisters (1942)
Bob Edwards
Timber (1942)
Kansas
Panama Hattie (1942)
Dick Bulliet
Sunday Punch (1942)
Olaf [Ole] Jensen
Mokey (1942)
Herbert Delano
Down in San Diego (1941)
Al Haines
The Wild Man of Borneo (1941)
Editor LeMotte
Lady Be Good (1941)
Bill Pattison
Washington Melodrama (1941)
Whitney King
Moon Over Her Shoulder (1941)
Rex [Gibson]
Ziegfeld Girl (1941)
Jimmy Walters
The Get-Away (1941)
Sonny Black
Susan and God (1940)
Homer, publicist
The Mortal Storm (1940)
Hal
Hullabaloo (1940)
Bob Strong
Dulcy (1940)
Bill Wardrobe
The Captain Is a Lady (1940)
Perth Nickerson
Keeping Company (1940)
Jim Reynolds

Dance (Feature Film)

You Were Meant for Me (1948)
Dances created and staged by

Director (Special)

Kosta and His Family (1973)
Director

Cast (Special)

Mitzi... the First Time (1973)
Papa G.I. (1964)
Sergeant Mike Parker
Paris in the Springtime (1956)
Steven

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Testimony of Two Men (1977)

Life Events

1937

Made his Broadway acting debut in "Babes in Arms"

Photo Collections

It's Always Fair Weather - Group Publicity Stills
Here are a few cast Publicity Stills taken for It's Always Fair Weather (1955), starring Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Dan Dailey, Dolores Gray, and Michael Kidd. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
The Wings of Eagles - Movie Poster
Here is the original Half-sheet movie poster for The Wings of Eagles (1957), starring John Wayne.
Mokey - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from MGM's Mokey (1942), starring Donna Reed and Bobby (Robert) Blake. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

It's Always Fair Weather (1955) - The Binge This number known as "The Binge," Andre Previn music, Gene Kelly, co-directing with Stanley Donen, as a de-mobilized WWII vet, with buddies Dan Dailey and Michael Kidd, having hit some bars after learning that his girl got married, early in It's Always Fair Weather, 1955.
It's Always Fair Weather (1955) - Once Upon A Time Perhaps the most technical of many distinctive stagings by co-directors Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly (who also co-stars), here in a three-frame number with estranged war buddies (Dan Dailey left, Michael Kidd right), to a Previn, Comden and Green tune, in It's Always Fair Weather, 1955.
There's No Business Like Show Business - Midnight Choo-Choo First number, introducing the parents of the nascent "Five Donahues," (Ethel Merman as mom "Molly," Dan Dailey as dad "Terry"), from 20th Century Fox's non-Broadway Irving Berlin musical, There's No Business Like Show Business, 1954.
There's No Business Like Show Business - Heat Wave Still the most remembered number from a musical with many, Marilyn Monroe as "Vicki" with her provocative rendering of Irving Berlin's Heat Wave, staged by Robert Alton, from There's No Business Like Show Business, 1954.
Panama Hattie (1942) - I'll Dip Her In The Canal! Title character Ann Sothern with pal Flo (Virginia O’Brien) plans to impress “Gerry” (Jackie Horner), the snooty young visiting daughter of her Canal Zone-based soldier fiancè Dick (Dan Dailey), who’s brought butler Jerkins (Alan Mowbray) from Philadelphia, in MGM’s Panama Hattie, 1942.
Meet Me In Las Vegas (1956) - If You Can Dream Frank Sinatra in his cameo at the slots, as gambler Chuck (Dan Dailey) and new-in-town lucky-charm ballerina Maria (Cyd Charisse) catch Lena Horne, song by Nicholas Brodszky and Sammy Cahn, at The Sands, in Meet Me In Las Vegas, 1956.
Meet Me In Las Vegas (1956) - Vast Quantities Of Gold Framing the opening of MGM’s Las Vegas-based talent showcase, a vocal by The Four Aces as we meet leading man Dan Dailey as rancher-gambler Chuck, arriving at The Sands, meeting blackjack dealer Lotzi (Oscar Karlweis) and floor manager Culdane (Jim Backus), in Meet Me In Las Vegas, 1956.
Meet Me In Las Vegas (1956) - Anybody I Can Poke In The Eye For You? Gambler Chuck (Dan Dailey) is entertaining the staff at The Sands when Cyd Charisse, as first-time headliner ballerina Maria, gets mad because he shared his proceeds after he believed she brought him luck, cameo from Vic Damone and Debbie Reynolds, in MGM’s Meet Me In Las Vegas, 1956.
Meet Me In Las Vegas (1956) - Frankie And Johnny From the last big number, which MGM boss Dore Schary reportedly had to be convinced to shoot, a Sammy Davis Jr. vocal, a special lyric by Sammy Cahn, choreography by Hermes Pan, Cyd Charisse as ballet dancer Maria gone full vamp, with Casse Jaeger and William Chatham, in Meet Me In Las Vegas, 1956.
Wings Of Eagles, The (1957) - Let's Buzz 'Em! Joining director John Ford’s raucous opening of his bio-pic about his Navy flier-turned-writer friend Frank “Spig” Wead, John Wayne in the lead, Kenneth Tobey co-piloting an unauthorized flight, Maureen O’Hara his furious wife leading pursuit, Penascola ca. 1920, in The Wings Of Eagles, 1957.
Wings Of Eagles, The (1957) - I'm Gonna Move That Toe! Paralyzed after a freak household accident, Navy flyer Frank "Spig" Wead (John Wayne) in rehab with trainer "Jughead" (Dan Dailey), a famous sequence from director John Ford's tribute to Wead, The Wings Of Eagles, 1957.
I Can Get It For You Wholesale (1951) - She's A Great Salesman Garment salesman Teddy (Dan Dailey) arrives at a Manhattan restaurant with girls of the sort he usually brings for buyer Savage (Harry Von Zell), angered to find his new business partner Harriet (Susan Hayward), whom he also covets, sealing the deal herself, in I Can Get It For You Wholesale, 1951.

Family

Irene Dailey
Sister
Actor.
Daniel James Daily III
Son
Born on September 18, 1947; committed suicide on July 1, 1975.

Bibliography