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Ray Bolger

Biography

He played the iconic Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz. His second renowned appearance is at the 1936 film the fantastic Ziegfeld, where he performed himself. He started his profession as one-half from the Sanford & Bolger dance take action. He increased to the very best from the vaudeville picture by dance at New York’s Palace Theatre. He performed in several Broadway musicals, including Existence Starts at 8:40, ON YOUR OWN Toes and Where’s Charley?, the second option of which gained him a Tony Award for Greatest Performance by a respected Actor within a Musical. He wedded Gwendolyn Rickard in 1929. His mom was Anne Wallace and his dad was Adam Edward Bolger. They elevated him in Massachusetts. His scarecrow personality in The Wizard of Oz famously yearned for the brain while Jack port Haley’s Tin Guy wished for the heart.

Quick Facts


Full Name Ray Bolger
Date Of Birth January 10, 1904
Place Of Birth Boston, MA
Height 1.79 m
Profession Movie Actor
Nationality American
Spouse Gwendolyn Bolger
Parents Anne Wallace, James Edward Bolger
Awards Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical
Movies The Wizard of Oz, The Harvey Girls, April in Paris, Babes in Toyland, That's Dancing!, Stage Door Canteen, Where's Charley?, Look for the Silver Lining, Four Jacks and a Jill, Rosalie, Sweethearts, The Daydreamer, Just You and Me, Kid, Sunny, Three on a Date, Peter and the Magic Egg, The Judy Garland Show: Featuring Ray Bolger and Vic Damone, For Heaven's Sake, The Entertainer
TV Shows Where's Raymond?, Captains and the Kings, The Colgate Comedy Hour, The Entertainer
Star Sign Capricorn

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#Fact
1Despite persistent web rumors, Ray was born Raymond Wallace Bolger, and the family's surname was never "Bulcao". His father, James Edward Bolger, was the son of Raymond Bolger and Maria Mahoney. His mother, Anne C. (Wallace), was the daughter of William Wallace and Joanna Hassett. All of his grandparents were of Irish origin.
2Ray Bolger passed away five days after his 83rd birthday.
3Inducted into the International Tap Dance Hall of Fame in 2015.
4Inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1980.
5He was posthumously awarded a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars on January 10, 1998.
6He was a member of the Good Shepherd Parish and the Catholic Motion Picture Guild in Beverly Hills, California.
7Bolger was among those entertainers who opened Manhattan's famed Radio City Music Hall on December 27, 1932. After the management realized that the public's taste for vaudeville had waned, it cut back on the live entertainment and supplemented it with movies.
8Made his first Broadway stage appearance in 1926.
9Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 115-116. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
10Won Broadway's 1949 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for "Where's Charley?", a role he recreated in the film version, Where's Charley? (1952). He was also nominated in the same Tony Award category in 1962 for "All American".
11Was the last surviving cast member of The Wizard of Oz (1939).
12Following his death, he was interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.
13He was always closely identified with the Scarecrow. He once guest starred on the game show Password All-Stars (1961). When the word "Ray" came up, he said to his partner "Me!". His partner readily answered "Scarecrow!".
14He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 6788 Hollywood Boulevard; and for Television at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
15Great-uncle of actor John Bolger.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sunny1941Bunny Billings
Sweethearts1938Hans
The Girl of the Golden West1938Happy Moore (scenes deleted)
Rosalie1937Bill Delroy
The Great Ziegfeld1936Ray Bolger
The Berth Mark1926ShortBanker
Diff'rent Strokes1984TV SeriesClarence Markwell
Peter and the Magic Egg1983TV MovieUncle Amos Egg (voice)
Fantasy Island1978-1982TV SeriesGaylord Nelson / Spencer Randolph
Annie1982Sound Effects Man at Radio Station (uncredited)
Aloha Paradise1981TV SeriesHarry Carr
Heaven Only Knows1979TV MovieSimon
The Runner Stumbles1979Monsignor Nicholson
Just You and Me, Kid1979Tom
Battlestar Galactica1979TV SeriesVector
Little House on the Prairie1978-1979TV SeriesToby Noe
The Love Boat1977-1979TV SeriesAndy Hopkins / Horace McDonald
Three on a Date1978TV MovieAndrew
Baretta1978TV Series
Captains and the Kings1976TV Mini-SeriesR.J. Squibbs
The Entertainer1976TV MovieBilly Rice
The Partridge Family1970-1972TV SeriesGrandpa Fred Renfrew / Grandpa Walter Renfrew
Nanny and the Professor1971TV SeriesUncle Horace
The Jean Arthur Show1966TV Series
The Daydreamer1966The Pieman
The Little Sweep1962TV MovieStoryteller
The Red Skelton Hour1962TV Series'Mayor' Threadbare III
Babes in Toyland1961Barnaby
General Electric Theater1958-1959TV SeriesStan Maylor / Alfred Boggs
Where's Raymond?1953-1955TV SeriesRay Wallace / Raymond
April in Paris1952S. 'Sam' Winthrop Putnam
Where's Charley?1952Charley Wykeham
Look for the Silver Lining1949Jack Donahue
The Harvey Girls1946Chris Maule
Stage Door Canteen1943Ray Bolger
Forever and a Day1943Sentry (scenes deleted)
Four Jacks and a Jill1942Nifty Sullivan

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kirstie's Handmade Britain2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
Prettier Than Ever: The Restoration of Oz2005Video documentary short performer: "The Merry Old Land of Oz" - uncredited
Hildegarde2001performer: "If I Only Had a Brain"
Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows2001TV Mini-Series performer: "We're Off to See the Wizard" - uncredited
Quest for Camelot Sing-Alongs1998Video short performer: "We're Off To See The Wizard"
That's Dancing!1985Documentary performer: "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe", "If I Only Had a Brain", "We're Off to See the Wizard"
The 48th Annual Academy Awards1976TV Special performer: "Hollywood Honors Its Own"
That's Entertainment!1974performer: "We're Off to See the Wizard" 1938, "If I Only Had the Nerve" 1938 - uncredited
The Partridge Family1970TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Daydreamer1966performer: "Who Can Tell"
Babes in Toyland1961performer: "We Won't Be Happy Till We Get It", "Castle in Spain"
The Bell Telephone Hour1961TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sunday Showcase1959TV Series performer - 1 episode
MGM Parade1955TV Series performer - 1 episode
Where's Raymond?1953-1954TV Series performer - 2 episodes
April in Paris1952performer: "Life Is Such A Pleasure", "I Ask You" uncredited, "The Place You Hold in My Heart" uncredited, "I Know a Place" uncredited
Where's Charley?1952performer: "MAKE A MIRACLE", "MY DARLING, MY DARLING", "ONCE IN LOVE WITH AMY", "BETTER GET OUT OF HERE"
Look for the Silver Lining1949performer: "Can't Yo' Heah Me Callin' Caroline", "Who?", "Ballroom Dance Medley", "Carolina in the Morning", "'Twas the Night Before Christmas", "Jingle Bells" - uncredited
The Harvey Girls1946performer: "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe", "Swing Your Partner Round and Round" - uncredited
Stage Door Canteen1943performer: "The Girl I Love to Leave Behind" 1943
Four Jacks and a Jill1942performer: "I'm in Good Shape", "Karanina", "Boogie Woogie Conga", "Wherever You Go" - uncredited
Sunny1941performer: "Jack Tar and Sam Gob", "Ringmaster", "Who?"
The Wizard of Oz1939performer: "If I Only Had a Brain" 1939, "We're Off to See the Wizard" 1939, "We're Off To See The Wizard" 1939, "If I Only Had the Nerve/We're Off To See The Wizard" 1939, "The Merry Old Land of Oz" 1939, "If I Were King of the Forest" 1939 - uncredited
Sweethearts1938performer: "Wooden Shoes" 1938 - uncredited
Rosalie1937performer: "On, Brave Old Army Team" 1910, "Anchors Aweigh" 1906, "To Love or Not To Love" 1937 - uncredited
The Great Ziegfeld1936performer: "She's a Follies Girl" 1936 - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jake and the Giants2015grateful acknowledgment

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Masters2004TV Series documentaryHimself - Actor
The Whimsical World of Oz1985TV Movie documentaryHimself / The Scarecrow
That's Dancing!1985DocumentaryHimself - Host
The 56th Annual Academy Awards1984TV Special documentaryHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Original Score
The Making of 'The Wizard of Oz'1979TV Movie documentaryHimself
Good Morning America1979TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1971-1979TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Himself - Co-Host
The 51st Annual Academy Awards1979TV Special documentaryHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Costume Design
ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration1978TV SpecialHimself
Tomorrow Coast to Coast1977TV SeriesHimself
Donny and Marie1977TV SeriesHimself
The 48th Annual Academy Awards1976TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963-1976TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The 29th Annual Tony Awards1975TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
At Long Last Cole1975TV MovieHimself
Omnibus1972TV Series documentaryHimself
Dinah's Place1972TV SeriesHimself
The Bob Hope Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1968TV SeriesHimself
Password All-Stars1963-1967TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
The Match Game1965-1967TV SeriesHimself - Team Captain
The Hollywood Palace1965-1967TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Dean Martin Show1966TV SeriesHimself
The Bell Telephone Hour1960-1966TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself - Singer / Dancer
The Judy Garland Show1964TV SeriesHimself
The Christophers1963TV SeriesHimself
I've Got a Secret1961-1962TV SeriesHimself
Here's Hollywood1962TV SeriesHimself
The 16th Annual Tony Awards1962TV SpecialHimself - Host
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1961TV SeriesHimself
What's My Line?1956-1961TV SeriesHimself - Panelist / Himself - Mystery Guest
The 15th Annual Tony Awards1961TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Revlon Revue1960TV SeriesHimself
The 14th Annual Tony Awards1960TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Celebrity Golf1960TV Series
Sunday Showcase1959TV SeriesHimself - Performer
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1958-1959TV SeriesHimself
The All-Star Christmas Show1958TV MovieHimself
The Big Record1958TV SeriesHimself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1956-1958TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host / Himself
Spectacular1958TV SeriesHimself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium1958TV SeriesHimself - Top of the Bill
Ted Mack & the Original Amateur Hour1958TV SeriesHimself
Social Security in Action1958TV SeriesHimself
Washington Square1956-1957TV SeriesHimself
The George Gobel Show1957TV SeriesHimself
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Plays Golf1955ShortHimself
Max Liebman Presents: Big Time1955TV MovieHimself - Host
A Star Is Born World Premiere1954TV ShortHimself
Texaco Star Theatre1954TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Colgate Comedy Hour1952TV SeriesHimself - Host
Houston Post Contest Winners Arrive in Los Angeles1939ShortHimself
Electrical Power1938Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Toys of Anti-Christ2011TV Mini-Series documentaryThe Scarecrow
A Star Is Born: Special Features2010Video
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2009TV SeriesThe Scarecrow
To Oz! The Making of a Classic2009Video documentary shortHimself
The Yellow Brick Road and Beyond2009Video documentaryHimself / Scarecrow
The Age of Believing: The Disney Live Action Classics2008TV Movie documentary
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesThe Scarecrow
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical Treasure2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters2006DocumentaryHunk The Scarecrow (uncredited)
Biography2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Prettier Than Ever: The Restoration of Oz2005Video documentary shortThe Scarecrow (uncredited)
Because of the Wonderful Things It Does: The Legacy of Oz2005Video documentary shortHunk The Scarecrow
The Art of Imagination: A Tribute to Oz2005Video documentaryThe Scarecrow
Broadway: The American Musical2004TV Mini-Series documentary
Remembering 'Battlestar Galactica'2004Video documentaryVector (uncredited)
Omnibus2001TV Series documentaryHimself
American Masters1997TV Series documentaryHimself
That's Entertainment! III1994DocumentaryPerformer in Clip from 'The Harvey Girls' (uncredited)
Legends of the West1992DocumentaryActor in 'The Harvey girls' (uncredited)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic1990TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Walt Disney Comedy and Magic Revue1985Video shortBarnaby
That's Entertainment!1974Clips from 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'The Harvey Girls'
The Hollywood Palace1970TV SeriesHimself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1969TV SeriesBarnaby
The DuPont Show of the Week1961TV SeriesHimself
Ford Star Jubilee1956TV SeriesHunk The Scarecrow
MGM Parade1955TV SeriesHimself - Dancer / Scarecrow
Make Mine Laughs1949

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6788 Hollywood Blvd.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionAwarded February 8, 1960 at 6834 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1976Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Comedy or Drama SpecialThe Entertainer (1976)


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#Quote
1[When asked how much money he made from the repeat showings of The Wizard of Oz (1939), he and his wife often responded] No residuals, just immortality.
2[on playing the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz (1939)] I knew that I was taking part in a strange kind of adventure.

#Trademark
1His iconic role as the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz (1939)
2His rubbery dancing style

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