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Ray Bolger, American actor. With United Service Organizations Camp Shows entertained soldiers in Caribbean, British Guinea area, 1941; with Little Jack Little entertained in Pacific combat zone, 1943; made 1st war bond tour for Treasurer Dept. Member of Players; Bel-Air Country (California); Valley (Montecito); Bohemian (San Francisco); Burlingame Country (California); Swallows (Pebble Beach, California).

Background

Bolger, Ray was born on January 10, 1904 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of James Edward and Anne (Wallace) Bolger.

Education

Educational public schools, BostonDoctor of Fine Arts (honorary), University Connecticut, 1986.

Career

Senior consultant University Connecticut Center for Instructional Media and Technology, 1977. Lecturer, throughout United States.

Achievements

  • With United Service Organizations Camp Shows entertained soldiers in Caribbean, British Guinea area, 1941. With Little Jack Little entertained in Pacific combat zone, 1943. Made 1st war bond tour for Treasurer Dept.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Began acting career with Bob Ott Repertory Company, 1923-1925, with Ralph Sanford as A Pair of Nifties, vaudeville. With Gus Edwards in vaudeville Ritz Carlton Nights, 1926-1928. Appeared on Broadway in Shubert revue The Merry Whirl, 1925.

      Revues Heads Up, 1929, George White's Scandals of 1931, (with Bert Lahr) Life Begins at 8:40, 1934. Starred in On Your Toes, 1936. Under Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer picture contract made Rosalie, Sweethearts, Wizard of Oz, 1938-1940.

      Starred on Broadway in: Keep Off the Grass, 1940, By Jupiter, 1942. With Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1941-1942, 45-87. Appeared in: The Harvey Girls, 1945.

      Starred in: Three to Make Ready, 1946, and in, Warner Brothers. Film Silver Lining. Starred on Broadway in: (produced by wife, Gwen Rickard) Where's Charley?, 1948-1951, filmed film, 1951.

      Co-starred in: film April in Paris, 1952. Star: motion picture Babes in Toyland, 1961, NBC, That's Dancing, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 60th anniversary film, 1984. Television debut Comedy Hour, 1952.

      Filmed weekly: Ray Bolger Show, ABC-television, 1953-1955, Washington Square, NBC-television series, 1956. Appeared in: television series The Partridge Family. Starred in: Broadway museum All American, 1962, Come Summer, 1968-1969.

      Summer theatres The Happy Time, 1969. Appeared in: one-man show a Musical Comical Concert. Various concert halls and nightclubs.

      Appeared: television programs The Entertainer, 1975, Captains and Kings, 1976, Boston Pops Concert, 1976. Appeared in concert with, Sarasota Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra, Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, 1977. Film The Runner Stumbles, 1979.

      Instructor media and technical film A Time for Living (prize winner International Film Festival New York, 1975).

Membership

Member of Players; Bel-Air Country (California). Valley (Montecito); Bohemian (San Francisco). Burlingame Country (California).

Swallows (Pebble Beach, California).

Connections

Married Gwendolyn Rickard, July 9, 1929.

father:
James Edward Bolger

mother:
Anne (Wallace) Bolger

Spouse:
Gwendolyn Rickard