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Ray Bolger

American actor

Ray Bolger is ...


Born 10 January 1904 in Massachusetts
Died 15 January 1987 in Los Angeles
Age 83 years
Cause urinary bladder cancer

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship United States of America
Manner of death natural causes
Occupation actor, singer, television actor, stage actor and film actor
Nominated for Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical
Awards Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical

About Ray Bolger

Ray Bolger was a true Hollywood icon, known for his unique style of dance and his unforgettable performances on stage and screen. Born on January 10, 1904, in Dorchester, Massachusetts, Bolger began his career as a vaudeville performer before making his way to Broadway in the 1920s.

It was on Broadway that Bolger first gained fame, thanks to his starring role in the hit musical "On Your Toes." He went on to appear in a number of other successful productions, including "By Jupiter" and "Where's Charley?" But it was his role as the Scarecrow in the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" that truly made him a household name.

Bolger's performance in "The Wizard of Oz" was unforgettable, thanks in large part to his unique style of dance. He famously performed the song "If I Only Had a Brain" while doing a series of acrobatic flips and cartwheels, a feat that has since become one of the most iconic moments in movie history.

Despite his success in Hollywood, Bolger never forgot his roots in vaudeville and Broadway. He continued to perform on stage throughout his career, and even won a Tony Award for his role in the musical "Where's Charley?" in 1949.

Bolger passed away in 1987, but his legacy lives on through his unforgettable performances and his influence on generations of performers. As Rolling Stone once wrote, "Ray Bolger was a true original, a performer whose talent and charisma continue to inspire and entertain audiences to this day."


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About Death

Bolger died of bladder cancer on January 15, 1987 in Los Angeles, five days after his 83rd birthday. He was interred at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City in the Mausoleum, Crypt F2, Block 35. He was survived by his wife of over 57 years, Gwendolyn Rickard. They had no children.

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