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Bolger in THE Great Ziegfeld.

About Ray Bolger (1904 – 1987)
Ray Bolger was born Raymond Wallace Bulcao, on January 10, 1904, in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Bolger passed away on January 15, 1987, in Los Angeles, California, from cancer.

Ray Bolger began his career in Vaudeville, becoming half of a team called Sanford And Bolger. Bolger was known for being a song and dance man as well as a comedian.

On July 9th, 1929, Ray married the love of his life, Gwendolyn.

Ray Bolger was known for his "rubbery" style of dancing.

In 1936, Ray was signed to a contract with MGM and his first role as himself in The Great Ziegeld.

In 1938, Bolger's first dancing and singing role was in Sweethearts, where he did the "wooden shoes" number with red-headed soprano/actress Jeanette MacDonald.

Ray's most famous role was as the Scarecrow in The Wizard Of Oz (1939).

Ray Bolger won Broadway's 1949 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for Where's Charley (1952). He was also nominated in the same Tony category, in 1962, for All-American. Bolger won the 1948-49 Tony Award, as well as two Donaldson Awards.

In 1980, Ray Bolger was elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame.

In 1953, Ray Bolger turned to television and got his own sitcom series, Where's Raymond?

His series was later changed to The Ray Bolger Show.

In 1985, Ray co-hosted That's Dancing with Liza Minnelli.

Ray Bolger's notable movie credits include...

The Runner Stumbles (1979)
Babes In Toyland (1961)
Where's Charley (1952)
Sunny (1941)
The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
Sweethearts (1938)
Carrie Of The Chorus (1924)

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Ray Bolger, as Scarecrow, in The Wizard Of Oz.