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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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Known For

Trading Places President of Exchange
Hamlet Claudius
Play of the Week Mosca, Volpone's servant


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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
 1982 The Edge of Night (TV Series)
Dwight Endicott
- Episode #1.6792 (1982) ... Dwight Endicott
- Episode #1.6791 (1982) ... Dwight Endicott
- Episode #1.6789 (1982) ... Dwight Endicott
- Episode #1.6788 (1982) ... Dwight Endicott (credit only)
- Episode #1.6787 (1982) ... Dwight Endicott
 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
 1960-1961 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
- Episode #14.24 (1961) ... Singer
- Episode #14.12 (1960) ... Singer
 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 Yeomen 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
 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
 1951 Somerset Maugham TV Theatre (TV Series)
 1950 The Billy Rose Show (TV Series)
 1949 The Philco Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Captain Brown
- Quality Street (1949) ... Captain Brown
 1946 Tars and Spars
Howard Young
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Curly") in "Oklahoma!" on Broadway. Musical. Book / Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Music by Richard Rodgers. Based on the play "Green Grow The Lilacs" by Lynn Riggs. Musical Director: Jay Blackton [credited as Jacob Schwartzdorf]. Music orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett. Theatre Guild Administrative ... See more »


Esther Harvey Brown  (his death)  (2 children) | See more »

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He was first choice for the role of the King in the original 1951 Broadway production of "The King and I", but turned down the role because of a full schedule. This was before Yul Brynner auditioned and was immediately selected for the role. See more »

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