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Alfred Drake


Stage actor who’s remembered for his starring tasks in the initial Broadway productions of “Kiss Me personally, Kate,” “Oklahoma!,” “Babes in Hands,” and “Kismet.” He went to Brooklyn University. He produced his theatrical debut inside a 1935 creation of “The Gondoliers.” In 1954, he was honored having a Tony honor for Best Efficiency by a respected Actor inside a Musical for his part as “Hajj” in “Kismet.” He wedded Esther Harvey Brownish in 1944. The few elevated two daughters. In 1957, he starred opposing Katharine Hepburn inside a stage creation of “Very much Ado About Nothing at all.”

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Full Name Alfred Drake
Date Of Birth October 7, 1914
Place Of Birth New York
Profession Stage Actor
Education Brooklyn College
Nationality American
Spouse Esther Harvey Brown, Alma Tollefsen
Children Samantha Drake, Candace Olmsted
Awards Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre, Grammy Hall of Fame
Movies The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, Trading Places, Your Money or Your Wife, Hamlet, Strange Victory, Tars and Spars, Naughty Marietta, Visit From a Dead Man
Star Sign Libra

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1He died of heart failure after a long fight with cancer.
2He had 2 daughters with his wife, Esther: Candace and Samantha.
3His 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".
4Won Broadway's 1954 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for "Kismet," as well as a Special Tony Award in 1990 "for excellence in the Theatre." Was also nominated two other times for Best Actor (Musical) Tony Awards: in 1962 for "Kean" and in 1974 for "Gigi."
5He 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.
6Brother of Metropolitan Opera baritone Arthur Kent.
7Created the roles of Curley in "Oklahoma", Fred in "Kiss Me Kate" and the Beggar Poet in "Kismet" in the original Broadway productions.



The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus1985TV MovieThe Great Ak (voice)
Spenser: For Hire1985TV SeriesRoman St. George
Trading Places1983President of Exchange
The DuPont Show of the Week1963TV SeriesLoui Zakin
Play of the Week1960TV SeriesMosca, Volpone's servant
The Voice of Firestone1959TV Series
Kiss Me, Kate1958TV MovieFrederick Graham (Petruchio)
The Yeoman of the Guard1957TV MovieJack Point
The Alcoa Hour1956TV SeriesKing
The Adventures of Marco Polo1956TV MovieMarco Polo
The Edge of Night1956TV SeriesDwight Endicott (1982)
Max Liebman Presents: Naughty Marietta1955TV MovieCapt. Dick Warrington
Cameo Theatre1952TV Series
Celanese Theatre1951TV SeriesGeorge Simon
The Billy Rose Show1950TV Series
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse1949TV SeriesCaptain Brown
Tars and Spars1946Howard Young



Brows Held High2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Adventures of Marco Polo1956TV Movie performer: "Beyond the Sunrise", "Market Day", "Population", "The Tartar Song", "Who, Me?", "Is It You", "You'll Be Seeing Me" Reprise, "Epilogue"



The Voice of Firestone1963TV SeriesHimself
The Bell Telephone Hour1959-1962TV SeriesHimself - Singer / Himself - Host
The Ed Sullivan Show1960-1961TV SeriesSinger / Himself - Singer
Showtime1959-1960TV SeriesHimself
First Night1960TV MovieHimself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1959TV SeriesHimself
The Garry Moore Show1959TV SeriesHimself
The Big Record1957TV SeriesHimself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1956TV SeriesHimself - Singer
Max Liebman Spectaculars1956TV SeriesHimself - Narrator
The Arthur Murray Party1953TV SeriesHimself - actor-singer
Strange Victory1948DocumentaryNarrator
Diary of a Sergeant1945Documentary shortHarold Russell (voice, uncredited)
American Masters1990TV Series documentaryHimself
The 44th Annual Tony Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Tony of Honor
Hanya: Portrait of a Pioneer1988DocumentaryNarrator
Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of American Music1985TV Movie documentaryHimself
Night of 100 Stars1982TV SpecialHimself
Watch Your Mouth1978TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1975TV SeriesHimself
The 28th Annual Tony Awards1974TV SpecialHimself
Your Money or Your Wife1972TV MovieHimself
The 26th Annual Tony Awards1972TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The 25th Annual Tony Awards1971TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Today1965TV SeriesHimself

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Michael Grade's Stars of the Musical Theatre2014TV Movie documentary
Great Performances2005TV SeriesHimself - Performer
Broadway: The American Musical2004TV Mini-Series documentaryCurly McLain (in 'Oklahoma!') / Petruchio (in 'Kiss Me Kate')
Biography1999TV Series documentaryPresident of Exchange

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