Gordon MacRae (1921–1986)

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Albert Gordon MacRae was born on March 12, 1921, in East Orange, NJ. During his early years, he resided in Syracuse, NY, and, while in high school, spent much of his time singing and acting in the Drama Club. It was also during this time that he learned to play the piano, clarinet and the saxophone. At 19, he entered a singing contest and won a ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win. See more awards »


Known For

Oklahoma! Curly McLain
Carousel Billy Bigelow
Backfire Bob Corey
The Dressmaker Soundtrack


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 1980 The Pilot
Joe Barnes
 1978 Zero to Sixty
Officer Joe
 1974 McCloud (TV Series)
Sheriff John Rodney
- The Barefoot Girls of Bleecker Street (1974) ... Sheriff John Rodney
 1958 The Gift of the Magi (TV Movie)
James Dillingham Young
 1957 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Barry O'Day / Biff Grimes
- Eileen (1957) ... Barry O'Day
- One Sunday Afternoon (1957) ... Biff Grimes
 1956 The Best Things in Life Are Free
B.G. 'Buddy' De Sylva
 1956 The Gordon MacRae Show (TV Series)
 1956 Carousel
Billy Bigelow
 1955 Oklahoma!
Curly McLain
 1953 Three Sailors and a Girl
'Choirboy' Jones
 1953 So You Want a Television Set (Short)
Gordon MacRae (uncredited)
 1953 The Desert Song
El Khobar / Paul Bonnard
 1953 By the Light of the Silvery Moon
Bill Sherman
 1952 Screen Snapshots: Hollywood on the Ball (Short)
Gordon MacRae
 1952 About Face
Tony Williams
 1951 Starlift
Gordon MacRae
 1951 On Moonlight Bay
William Sherman
 1950 The West Point Story
Tom Fletcher
 1950 Tea for Two
Jimmy Smith
 1950 Return of the Frontiersman
Logan Barrett
 1950 The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady
Tony Pastor
 1950 Backfire
Bob Corey
 1949 Look for the Silver Lining
Frank Carter
 1948 The Big Punch
Johnny Grant
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Show Show Self (70 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (12 credits)

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Other Works:

Single: "Heartaches" / "If I Had My Life To Live Over" (Apollo Records) See more »

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3 Print Biographies | 5 Articles | See more »


5' 8" (1.73 m)


Elizabeth Lambert Schrafft  (his death)  (1 child) | See more »

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Personal Quote:

"Some of my friends have jokingly accused me of sticking pins into an image of Frank Sinatra or exercising some other kind of voodoo charm to get him out of the role of "Billy" in Carousel (1956) so that I could inherit the role. As most everyone knows by now, Frank did bow out of the picture. His decision on this matter, however, was reached without assistance--mystic, telepathic or otherwise--... See more »


In high school (Nottingham High School in Syracuse, NY) he was quite athletic, participating in football, hockey, swimming, baseball, basketball, track, and lacrosse. The National Rifle Association awarded him a marksmanship medal. See more »


The songs "Oklahoma!" and "If I Loved You"

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