Ray Bolger (1904–1987)


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Ray Bolger was born Raymond Wallace Bolger on January 10, 1904 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, to Anne C. (Wallace) and James Edward Bolger, both Irish-Americans. Ray began his career in vaudeville. He was half of a team called "Sanford and Bolger" and also did numerous Broadway shows on his own. Like Gene Kelly, he was a song-and-dance man as well ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Wizard of Oz 'Hunk' / The Scarecrow
(1939)
Babes in Toyland Barnaby Barnicle
(1960)
April in Paris S. 'Sam' Winthrop Putnam
(1952)
Where's Charley? Charley Wykeham
(1952)

Filmography

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 1984 Diff'rent Strokes (TV Series)
Clarence Markwell
- A Haunting We Will Go (1984) ... Clarence Markwell
 1983 Peter and the Magic Egg (TV Movie)
Uncle Amos Egg (voice)
 1978-1982 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Gaylord Nelson / Spencer Randolph
- Dancing Lady/The Final Round (1982) ... Gaylord Nelson
 1982 Annie
Sound Effects Man at Radio Station (uncredited)
 1981 Aloha Paradise (TV Series)
Harry Carr
- The Best of Friends/Success/9 Carats (1981) ... Harry Carr
 1979 Heaven Only Knows (TV Movie)
Simon
 1979 The Runner Stumbles
Monsignor Nicholson
 1979 Battlestar Galactica (TV Series)
Vector
- Greetings from Earth (1979) ... Vector
 1978-1979 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Toby Noe
- Dance with Me (1979) ... Toby Noe
- There's No Place Like Home: Part 1 (1978) ... Toby Noe
 1977-1979 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Andy Hopkins / Horace McDonald
 1978 Three on a Date (TV Movie)
Andrew
 1978 Baretta (TV Series)
- Just for Laughs (1978)
 1976 Captains and the Kings (TV Mini-Series)
R.J. Squibbs
- Chapter I (1976) ... R.J. Squibbs
 1975 The Entertainer (TV Movie)
Billy Rice
 1970-1972 The Partridge Family (TV Series)
Grandpa Fred Renfrew / Grandpa Walter Renfrew
- The Modfather (1972) ... Grandpa Walter Renfrew
- The Forty-Year Itch (1971) ... Grandpa Fred Renfrew
- Whatever Happened to the Old Songs? (1970) ... Grandpa Fred Renfrew
 1971 Nanny and the Professor (TV Series)
Uncle Horace
- South Sea Island Sweetheart (1971) ... Uncle Horace
 1966 The Jean Arthur Show (TV Series)
Johnny Wingate
- Rich Man, Poor Man (1966) ... Johnny Wingate
 1966 The Daydreamer
The Pieman
 1962 The Little Sweep (TV Movie)
Storyteller
 1962 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
'Mayor' Threadbare III
- The Mayor of Central Park (1962) ... 'Mayor' Threadbare III
 1960 Babes in Toyland
Barnaby Barnicle
 1958-1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Stan Maylor / Alfred Boggs
- Silhouette (1959) ... Stan Maylor
- The Girl with the Flaxen Hair (1958) ... Alfred Boggs
 1953-1955 Where's Raymond? (TV Series)
Ray Wallace / Raymond
- Final (1955) ... Raymond
- Last of the Showboats (1955) ... Ray Wallace
- Ray's Mother and Father (1955) ... Ray Wallace
- The Efficiency Expert (1955) ... Ray Wallace
- Herman, the Wonder Dog (1955) ... Ray Wallace
 1952 April in Paris
S. 'Sam' Winthrop Putnam
 1952 Where's Charley?
Charley Wykeham
 1949 Look for the Silver Lining
Jack Donahue
 1946 The Harvey Girls
Chris Maule
 1943 Stage Door Canteen
Ray Bolger
 1943 Forever and a Day
Sentry (scenes deleted)
 1942 Four Jacks and a Jill
Nifty Sullivan
 1941 Sunny
Bunny Billings
 1939 The Wizard of Oz
'Hunk' / The Scarecrow
 1938 Sweethearts
Hans
 1938 The Girl of the Golden West
Happy Moore (scenes deleted)
 1937 Rosalie
Bill Delroy
 1936 The Great Ziegfeld
Ray Bolger
 1926 The Berth Mark (Short)
Banker
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Phil Dolan III" / "Hoofer" / "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" Ballet) in "On Your Toes" on Broadway. Musical comedy. Music by Richard Rodgers. Book by Richard Rodgers, George Abbott and Lorenz Hart. Lyrics by Lorenz Hart. Music orchestrated by Hans Spialek. Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner. Costume Design by Irene Sharaff... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | 5 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Height:

5' 10½" (1.79 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on playing the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz (1939)] I knew that I was taking part in a strange kind of adventure. See more »

Trivia:

He was a member of the Good Shepherd Parish and the Catholic Motion Picture Guild in Beverly Hills, California. See more »

Trademark:

His iconic role as the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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