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Alfred Drake (1914–1992)

One of Broadway's most venerable, respected musical leading men, Alfred Drake created the male leads in "Oklahoma!" (1943), "Kiss Me Kate" (1949) and "Kismet" (1953). Sadly, he re-created none of these roles on screen. Very much a man of his beloved live theater, he never did go to Hollywood, except for the starring role in "Tars and Spars" (1946)... See full bio »

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 1985 The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus (TV Movie)
The Great Ak (voice)
 1985 Spenser: For Hire (TV Series)
Roman St. George
- Autumn Thieves (1985) ... Roman St. George
 1983 Trading Places
President of Exchange
 1975 The Wide World of Mystery (TV Series)
Fred Carter
- Visit from a Dead Man (1975) ... Fred Carter
 1964/I Hamlet
 1963 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
Loui Zakin
- The Legend of Lylah Clare (1963) ... Loui Zakin
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Mosca, Volpone's servant
- Volpone (1960) ... Mosca, Volpone's servant
 1958 Kiss Me, Kate (TV Movie)
Frederick Graham (Petruchio)
 1957 The Yeoman of the Guard (TV Movie)
Jack Point
 1956 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
- Key Largo (1956) ... King
 1956 The Adventures of Marco Polo (TV Movie)
Marco Polo
 1956 The Edge of Night (TV Series)
Dwight Endicott (1982)
 1955 Max Liebman Presents: Naughty Marietta (TV Movie)
Capt. Dick Warrington
 1952 Cameo Theatre (TV Series)
- Dark of the Moon (1952)
 1951 Celanese Theatre (TV Series)
George Simon
- Counsellor-at-Law (1951) ... George Simon
 1950 The Billy Rose Show (TV Series)
 1949 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Captain Brown
- Quality Street (1949) ... Captain Brown
 1946 Tars and Spars
Howard Young
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Stage: Appeared (as "Norman Reese") in "Out of the Frying Pan" on Broadway. Written by 'Francis Swann' (qav). Directed by Alexander Kirkland. Windsor Theatre: 11 Feb 1941-10 May 1941 (104 performances). Cast: Harry Antrim (credited as Henry Antrim; as "Mr. Coburn"), Barbara Bel Geddes (as "Dottie Coburn"; Broadway debut), Nancy ... See more »

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His salary of $5000 per week for the 1954 Broadway production of "Kismet" made him the highest-paid leading man in Broadway history, until Jackie Gleason demanded (and was given) $5,050 per week in the 1959 production of "Take Me Along". See more »

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