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 .


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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Marjorie Winfield, Bill Sherman: [sings] Your eyes have told me so.

Bill Sherman: [sings] Just one girl, only just one girl.

Billy: [singing] Longing to tell you, but afraid and shy / I let my golden chances pass me by. / Now, I've lost you / Soon I will go in the mist of day / And you never will know / How I loved you / How I loved you.

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

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.

Ex-father-in-law of Greg Mullavey.

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