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Ray Bolger (1904–1987)

Ray Bolger was born Raymond Wallace Bolger on January 10, 1907 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, to Anne C. (Wallace) and James Edward Bolger, both Irish-Americans. Ray began his career in vaudeville. He was half of a team called "Sanford and Bolger" and also did numerous Broadway shows on his own. Like Gene Kelly, he was a song-and-dance man as well ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz 'Hunk' / The Scarecrow
Babes in Toyland
Where's Raymond?
Where's Raymond? Ray Wallace / Raymond
The Harvey Girls
The Harvey Girls Chris Maule


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 1984 Diff'rent Strokes (TV Series)
Clarence Markwell
- A Haunting We Will Go (1984) ... Clarence Markwell
 1983 Peter and the Magic Egg (TV Movie)
Uncle Amos Egg (voice)
 1978-1982 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Gaylord Nelson / Spencer Randolph
- Dancing Lady/The Final Round (1982) ... Gaylord Nelson
 1982 Annie
Sound Effects Man at Radio Station (uncredited)
 1981 Aloha Paradise (TV Series)
Harry Carr
- Best of Friends/Success/Nine Karats (1981) ... Harry Carr
 1979 Heaven Only Knows (TV Movie)
 1979 The Runner Stumbles
Monsignor Nicholson
 1979 Battlestar Galactica (TV Series)
 1977-1979 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Andy Hopkins / Horace McDonald
 1978 Three on a Date (TV Movie)
 1978 Baretta (TV Series)
- Just for Laughs (1978)
 1976 Captains and the Kings (TV Mini-Series)
R.J. Squibbs
- Chapter I (1976) ... R.J. Squibbs
 1976 The Entertainer (TV Movie)
Billy Rice
 1970-1972 The Partridge Family (TV Series)
Grandpa Fred Renfrew / Grandpa Walter Renfrew
- The Modfather (1972) ... Grandpa Walter Renfrew
- The Forty-Year Itch (1971) ... Grandpa Fred Renfrew
- Whatever Happened to the Old Songs? (1970) ... Grandpa Fred Renfrew
 1971 Nanny and the Professor (TV Series)
Uncle Horace
- South Sea Island Sweetheart (1971) ... Uncle Horace
 1966 The Jean Arthur Show (TV Series)
 1962 The Little Sweep (TV Movie)
 1962 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
'Mayor' Threadbare III
- The Mayor of Central Park (1962) ... 'Mayor' Threadbare III
 1958-1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Stan Maylor / Alfred Boggs
- Silhouette (1959) ... Stan Maylor
- The Girl with the Flaxen Hair (1958) ... Alfred Boggs
 1953-1955 Where's Raymond? (TV Series)
Ray Wallace / Raymond
- Final (1955) ... Raymond
- Last of the Showboats (1955) ... Ray Wallace
- Ray's Mother and Father (1955) ... Ray Wallace
- The Efficiency Expert (1955) ... Ray Wallace
- Herman, the Wonder Dog (1955) ... Ray Wallace
 1952 April in Paris
S. 'Sam' Winthrop Putnam
 1946 The Harvey Girls
Chris Maule
 1943 Stage Door Canteen
Ray Bolger
 1943 Forever and a Day
Sentry (scenes deleted)
 1941 Sunny
Bunny Billings
 1938 Sweethearts
 1938 The Girl of the Golden West
Happy Moore (scenes deleted)
 1937 Rosalie
Bill Delroy
 1936 The Great Ziegfeld
Ray Bolger
 1926 The Berth Mark (Short)
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Stage: Appeared (as "Sapiens") in "By Jupiter" on Broadway. Musical comedy. Music by Richard Rodgers. Lyrics by Lorenz Hart. Book by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers; Based on "The Warrior's Husband" by Julian F. Thompson. Musical Director: Johnny Green. Vocal arrangements by Johnny Green and Clay Warnick. Music arranged by 'Don Walker... See more »

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1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | 5 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


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[When asked how much money he made from the repeat showings of The Wizard of Oz (1939), he and his wife often responded] No residuals, just immortality. See more »


Won Broadway's 1949 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for "Where's Charley?", a role he recreated in the film version, Where's Charley? (1952). He was also nominated in the same Tony Award category in 1962 for "All American". See more »


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