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Born Aug. 23, 1912, in Pittsburgh, dazzling entertainer Gene Kelly was dancing from childhood. He supported himself with odd jobs until he got his break on Broadway as a choreographer and star of "Pal Joey." In 1942, he made an impressive film debut opposite Judy Garland in For Me and My Gal.

In the '40s, Kelly excelled at musicals (Anchors Aweigh) and dramas (The Cross of Lorraine). But his greatest accomplishments would come in the next decade. In 1949, he teamed with director Stanley Donen for three revolutionary movie musicals: On the Town, An American in Paris and Singin' in the Rain, resulting in an Honorary Academy Award for Kelly in 1952.

As an actor and occasional director, Kelly shone in Brigadoon, Invitation to the Dance, Les Girls, Inherit the Wind and Hello Dolly (1969). He made his final film appearance in That's Entertainment III (1994). He died Feb. 2, 1996.

Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain

Singin' in the Rain

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Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor combine their talents in one of the greatest big-screen musicals ever made, a two-time Oscar nominee that includes the songs "Good Morning," "Make 'Em Laugh" and the iconic title tune. When Hollywood attempts the transition from silent films to talkies, a matinee idol (Kelly) hopes to make the cut. But he's hampered by a silent-movie queen (Jean Hagen) with a voice like fingernails on a blackboard.

  • Gene Kelly in An American in Paris An American in Paris
  • Gene Kelly in Inherit the Wind Inherit the Wind
  • Gene Kelly in The Young Girls of Rochefort The Young Girls of Rochefort
  • Gene Kelly in Cover Girl Cover Girl
  • Gene Kelly in On the Town On the Town
  • Gene Kelly in It's Always Fair Weather It's Always Fair Weather
  • Gene Kelly in Anchors Aweigh Anchors Aweigh
  • Gene Kelly in For Me and My Gal For Me and My Gal
  • Gene Kelly in Hello, Dolly! Hello, Dolly!
  • Gene Kelly in Brigadoon Brigadoon
  • Gene Kelly in That's Dancing! That's Dancing!
  • Gene Kelly in Take Me Out to the Ball Game Take Me Out to the Ball Game
  • Gene Kelly in Xanadu Xanadu
  • Gene Kelly in The Three Musketeers The Three Musketeers
  • Gene Kelly in That's Entertainment 3 That's Entertainment 3
  • Gene Kelly in Summer Stock Summer Stock
  • Gene Kelly in Les Girls Les Girls
  • Gene Kelly in Du Barry Was a Lady Du Barry Was a Lady
  • Gene Kelly in The Pirate The Pirate
  • Gene Kelly in Ziegfeld Follies Ziegfeld Follies
  • Gene Kelly in Words and Music Words and Music
  • Gene Kelly in Let's Make Love Let's Make Love
  • Gene Kelly in Best of Person to Person Best of Person to Person
  • Gene Kelly in The Tunnel of Love The Tunnel of Love
  • Gene Kelly in That's Entertainment That's Entertainment
  • Gene Kelly in Viva Knievel Viva Knievel
  • Gene Kelly in North and South: The Complete Collection North and South: The Complete Collection
  • Gene Kelly in Sinatra: Gold Collector's Edition Sinatra: Gold Collector's Edition
  • Gene Kelly in A Bing Crosby Christmas A Bing Crosby Christmas
  • Gene Kelly in The Great American Songbook The Great American Songbook
  • Gene Kelly in Tom & Jerry: Spotlight Collection: Vol. 1 Tom & Jerry: Spotlight Collection: Vol. 1
  • Gene Kelly in MGM: When the Lion Roars MGM: When the Lion Roars