Gordon MacRae Overview:

Legendary actor, Gordon MacRae, was born Albert Gordon MacRae on Mar 12, 1921 in East Orange, NJ. MacRae died at the age of 64 on Jan 24, 1986 in Lincoln, NE .

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Brown-haired, chubby-cheeked American singer who played bright-eyed young hopefuls opposite Doris Day in some sparkling family musicals during a five-year Warner contract, then won the leading roles in two big musicals from stage successes. Left films for nightclub work when the demand for musicals vanished. At one time an alcoholic, MacRae became Chairman of the National Council of Alcoholism three years before his death from cancer of the mouth and jaw. The actresses Meredith MacRae (1946-2000) and Heather MacRae (1946-) are his daughters.

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Radio. MacRae was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Gordon MacRae Quotes:

Marjorie 'Marjie' Winfield, William 'Bill' Sherman: [sings] We were sailing along / On Moonlight Bay / We could hear the voices ringing / They seemed to say.
Chorus: [sings] Wish we could stay.
Marjorie 'Marjie' Winfield, William 'Bill' Sherman: [sings] You have stolen her heart / Now, don't go away.
Chorus: [sings] Nobody here but you and me.
Marjorie 'Marjie' Winfield, William 'Bill' Sherman: [sings] As we sang love's old sweet song on Moonlight Bay.


Marjorie Winfield, Bill Sherman: [sings] By the light of the silvery moon, I want to spoon! / To my honey, I'll croon love's tune / Honey moon, keep a shining in June! / Your silvery beams will bring love's dreams / We'll be cuddling soon, by the silvery moon!


Billy Bigelow: To be perfectly honest with you...
Starkeeper: I WOULD be, if I were you.
Billy Bigelow: All right - I didn't mind livin' off her
[Julie's]
Billy Bigelow: cousin Nettie. It was just having nothin' to do that drove me crazy.


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Born of Scottish immigrant parents.

While appearing in a nightclub act with his wife at Lake Tahoe, he received an emergency phone call to replace Frank Sinatra as "Billy Bigelow" in the film version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's stage hit "Carousel", after Sinatra walked out on the filming when he discovered that every scene was to be filmed twice - once for regular CinemaScope and once for CinemaScope 55. Within three days MacRae, who was already familiar with the Broadway show and had wanted to play the role, reported to the set. Ironically, the producers then discovered a way to shoot in CinemaScope 55 and then convert it to regular CinemaScope without filming the movie twice.

Some of his bigger songs with Capitol Records were "A Fellow Needs a Girl" and "Body and Soul."

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