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Ray McDonald (I) (1920–1959)

Indefatigable Ray McDonald was born to dance and dance he did. A New York City native born June 27, 1921, Ray was still in grade school when he and older sister (by three years) Grace McDonald formed a popular vaudeville tap dancing act. By the age of 16 Ray had made it to Broadway in the musical "Babes in Arms", in which he and Grace made quite ... See full bio »

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Good News
Good News Bobby Turner
Till the Clouds Roll By
Till the Clouds Roll By Dance Specialty (segment: "Leave It to Jane") / Ray McDonald
Babes on Broadway
Babes on Broadway Ray Lambert
Born to Sing
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 1955 Private Secretary (TV Series)
- Oh, Oh, Suzette (1955)
 1951 Inside Straight
Bit Role (uncredited)
 1951 All Star Revue (TV Series)
Guest Dancer
- Episode #1.22 (1951) ... Guest Dancer
 1949 There's a Girl in My Heart
Danny Kroner (as Ray MacDonald)
 1949 Flame of Youth
Bill Crawford
 1949 Shamrock Hill
Larry Hadden
 1948 Whiplash
Second (uncredited)
 1947 Good News
Bobby Turner
 1946 Till the Clouds Roll By
Dance Specialty (segment: "Leave It to Jane") / Ray McDonald
 1944 Winged Victory
Flyer, Dance Specialty (uncredited)
 1943 Presenting Lily Mars
Charlie Potter
 1941 Babes on Broadway
Ray Lambert
 1941 Life Begins for Andy Hardy
Jimmy Frobisher
 1941 Down in San Diego
Hank Parker
 1938 Cleaning Up (Short)
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Unsold pilot: Appeared in a pilot for Desilu called "Just Off Broadway". See more »

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Ray MacDonald


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The cause of his death has been a matter of contention for decades. Hollywood hearsay has it that he took his own life by overdosing on sleeping pills, depressed over the state of his career. His daughter Liza, however, maintains that his career was thriving, having done the Ed Sullivan variety show The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) (aka The Ed Sullivan Show) a few weeks before. At the time of his ... See more »

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