Dan Dailey Overview:

Legendary actor, Dan Dailey, was born Daniel James Dailey on Dec 14, 1913 in New York City, NY. Dailey died at the age of 64 on Oct 16, 1978 in Los Angeles, CA .


Fair-haired, blue-eyed, cheerful song-and-dance man, at first billed as Dan Dailey Jr. From a family of vaudevillians, he worked in a minstrel show as a boy. He was never the greatest of musical stars, but the public took a shine to him and kept him at the top for ten good post-war years. His pleasing, often understated acting style was a help. Came to look increasingly cadaverous in later years, and died of anaemia. Three times married and divorced. Nominated for an Oscar in When My Baby Smiles at Me, ironically for a rare over-the-top performance.

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Although Dailey was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1948Best ActorWhen My Baby Smiles at Me (1948)SkidNominated

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By Dawn on Feb 13, 2012 From Noir and Chick Flicks

was a very popular musical performer during the 1940's through the 1950's. He may not have been as sophisticated as Astaire and did not have the strong personality as Kelly. Dan's dancing had a certain style all his own. Betty Grable and Dailey's first film together was, Mother Wore Tig... Read full article

Betty Grable and .

By Dawn on Feb 11, 2011 From Noir and Chick Flicks

, may not be as sophisticated as Astaire or have Kelly's strong personality. Dan did have a certain style all his own and was showcased in his films: Mother Wore Tights(1947)with Betty Grable's, which was one of her most popular film. They play a married vaudeville performers. Their se... Read full article

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Dan Dailey Quotes:

Yvonne Le Tete: You don't feel so good, Willie, do you?
William 'Bill' Kluggs: Yeah, I don't feel so good!
Yvonne Le Tete: Mal-de-tete?
William 'Bill' Kluggs: Yeah, and I got a headache too!

Arthur Turner: How do you like that guy? Leaving you alone here with me. Me, the veteran of a thousand slaps. He must figure he's really in solid.

William 'Bill' Kluggs: Somehow that stop-off at Loring Field began to stretch out like a visiting mother-in-law.

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Interred at Forest Lawn (Glendale), Glendale, California, USA, in the Court of Freedom, lot #7065.

His only child, Dan Dailey III, committed suicide in 1975

Brother of actress Irene Dailey

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