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Gordon MacRae Biography (1921-1986)
Born March 12, 1921, in East Orange, NJ; died of cancer, January 24, 1986, inLincoln, NE; married Sheila Stevens, 1941 (divorced); married Elizabeth Lambert Schrafft, 1967; children: (first marriage) Meredith, Heather, W. Gordon,Bruce; (second marriage) Amanda.
A child actor on radio, Gordon MacRae played Wee Willie MacRae and became thejuvenile soloist with the Ray Bolger revue. At the 1939- 40 Worlds Fair, hewon an amateur singing contest and performed for two weeks with the Harry James Band. MacRae worked as a page at NBC before joining the Horace Heidt Bandfor two years.
- Birth Details
- March 12, 1921
- East Orange, New Jersey, United States
- Death Details
- January 24, 1986
- Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
- STAGE DEBUT--Performed at the Millpond Playhouse, in Roslyn, NY, 1941.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE APPEARANCES
- Three to Make Ready, musical revue, Broadway, 1946.
- I Do, I Do (replaced Robert Preston), Broadway, 1967.
- performed as a singer with the Harry James Band, 1939-40 and with the Horace Heidt Band, 1940-42.
- appeared in Las Vegas clubs and hotels as well as major performing arenaswith first wife, Sheila.
- FILM DEBUT--The Big Punch, Warner Brothers, 1948.
Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM APPEARANCES
- Look for the Silver Lining, Warner Brothers, 1949.
- Backfire, Warner Brothers, 1950.
- The Daughter of Rose O'Grady, 1950.
- The Return of the Frontiersman, 1950.
- Tea for Two, 1950.
- The West Point Story, 1950.
- On Moonlight Bay, 1951.
- Starlift, 1951.
- About Face, 1952.
- By the Light of the Silvery Moon, 1953.
- Desert Song, 1953.
- Three Sailors and a Girl, 1953.
- Oklahoma!, Magna, 1955, then Twentieth Century-Fox, 1956.
- Carousel, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1956.
- The Best Things in Life Are Free, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1956.
- The Pilot, 1979.
Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES; SERIES
- Host, The Railroad Hour, 1950.
- host, The Colgate Comedy Hour, NBC, 1954-55.
- The Gordon MacRae Show, NBC, 1956.
- Lux Video Theatre, NBC, 1956-57.
- The Revlon Revue, CBS, 1960.
- The Voice of Firestone, NBC, 1960.
- Recorded for Capitol Records 1948-59.
- "Hair of Gold, Eyes of Blue," "It's Magic," "Rambling Rose," "So in Love," "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," "The Secret."