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RAY BOLGER BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:   

Ray Bolger was born on January 10th, 1904 in Dorchester, Massachusetts with the birth name Raymond Wallace Bulcao.  He first became involved in the entertainment industry working as a vaudeville performer.  He began by joining a group called, “Sanford and Bolger” and soon began performing on stage in a number of Broadway productions.  

In 1936, MGM signed him to a contract and he began appearing in films.  Bolger’s first film role was in, “The Great Ziegfeld” (1936) followed by other appearances in such films as, “Rosalie” (1937) and “Sweethearts” (1938).  From his successful performance in this film, he was cast in his most famous role of the Scarecrow, in, “The Wizard of Oz” (1939).  He was originally cast as the Tin-Man but then got offered the role of the Scarecrow instead. 
 
During World War II, Bolger also toured in the USO shows along with Joe E. Lewis in the Pacific Theater and worked on the film, "Stage Door Canteen" followed by a role in, “Four Jacks and a Jill” (1942) and "The Harvey Girls" (1946). 
 
Along with having a successful film career, Bolgar never neglected his initial love of acting and performing as a stage actor.  He also made a number of television appearances and was even given a role in his own sitcom, “Where’s Raymond” (1953) which later changed names to, “The Ray Bolger Show”.  He also recorded ac soundtrack for children called, "The Churkendoose" and had a recurring role on the television series, "The Partridge Family". 
 
As his career progressed, he continued to alternate between film, stage and television roles and film roles.  Some of his other roles were on, "The Jean Arthur Show" (1966), "Life Begins at 8:40", "On Your Toes", "All American" and "Where's Charley", for which he was awarded a Tony Award for Best Actor in a musical.   

He was only married once during his life to, Gwendolyn Bolger in 1929 and they remained married until he passed away on January 15th, 1987 at the age of eighty three in Los Angeles, California after suffering from bladder cancer.  He is interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.  

 
Filmography

1984 Diff'rent Strokes
1983 Peter and the Magic Egg
1978-1982 Fantasy Island 
1982 Annie 
1979 The Runner Stumbles 
1979 Just You and Me, Kid 
1979 Battlestar Galactica 
1978-1979 Little House on the Prairie
1977-1979 The Love Boat 
1979 Heaven Only Knows 
1978 Three on a Date 
1978 Baretta
1976 Captains and the Kings
1976 The Entertainer 
1970-1972 The Partridge Family
1971 Nanny and the Professor
1966 The Jean Arthur Show 
1966 The Daydreamer 
1962 The Red Skelton Hour
1961 Babes in Toyland 
1958-1959 G.E. True Theater
1953-1955 Where's Raymond
1952 April in Paris
1952 Where's Charley?
1949 Look for the Silver Lining 
1946 The Harvey Girls 
1943 Forever and a Day 
1942 Four Jacks and a Jill 
1941 Sunny 
1939 The Wizard of Oz 
1938 Sweethearts
1938 The Girl of the Golden West
1937 Rosalie





Matinee Classics - Chico Marx, Ray Bolger, John Garfield, Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel
Matinee Classics - The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charles Grapewin and Clara Blandick
Matinee Classics - The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charles Grapewin and Clara Blandick
Matinee Classics - The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charles Grapewin and Clara Blandick
Matinee Classics - Nanny and the Professor starring Juliet Mills, Richard Long, David Doremus, Trent Lehman, Kim Richards, Eileen Baral, Patsy Garrett, Elsa Lanchester, John Mills, Ida Lupino, Marjorie Bennett, Ray Bolger, Bert Convy, Lee Meriwether, Robert Sterling and Brian Bedford
Matinee Classics - Stage Door Canteen starring William Terry, Cheryl Walker, Count Basie, Ralph Bellamy, Ray Bolger, Helen Hayes, Katherine Hepburn, George Jessel, Gypsy Rose Lee, Harpo Marx, Ethel Merman, Ralph Morgan, Merle Oberon, George Raft, Johnny Weissmuller and Ed Wynn
Matinee Classics - Sunday Showcase starring Jimmy Durante, Jane Powell, Ray Bolger, Eddie Hodges and Jimmie Rodgers
Matinee Classics - Sunny starring Anna Neagle, Ray Bolger, John Carroll, Edward Everett Horton, Grace Hartman, Paul Hartman, Frieda Inescort, Helen Westley, Benny Rubin, Muggins Davies, Richard Lane, Martha Tilton and Torben Meyer


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