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Ray Bolger was an American actor, singer, and dancer best known for his portrayal of the Scarecrow in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. He began his career as a vaudeville performer in the 1920s, and later appeared in Broadway musicals and films. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the film The Great Ziegfeld (1936). Bolger was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, on January 10, 1904. He began performing in vaudeville at the age of seven, and by the time he was a teenager he was a professional dancer. He made his Broadway debut in the musical comedy The Great Magoo in 1925. He went on to appear in a number of Broadway musicals, including the Ziegfeld Follies of 1934 and the musical revue Life Begins at 8:40 (1934). In 1939, Bolger was cast as the Scarecrow in the classic film The Wizard of Oz. His performance earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He also appeared in a number of other films, including the musicals Babes in Arms (1939) and The Harvey Girls (1946). Bolger continued to perform on stage and in films until his retirement in the late 1960s. He died on January 15, 1987, in Los Angeles, California.

Popular As Raymond Wallace Bolger
Occupation actor,soundtrack
Age 83 years old
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Born 10 January 1904
Birthday 10 January
Birthplace Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA
Date of death 15 January, 1987
Died Place Los Angeles, California, USA
Nationality USA

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Ray Bolger Height, Weight & Measurements

At 83 years old, Ray Bolger height is 5' 10½" (1.79 m) .

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Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)
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Who Is Ray Bolger's Wife?

His wife is Gwendolyn Bolger (9 July 1929 - 15 January 1987) ( his death)

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Wife Gwendolyn Bolger (9 July 1929 - 15 January 1987) ( his death)
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Ray Bolger Net Worth

His net worth has been growing significantly in 2022-2023. So, how much is Ray Bolger worth at the age of 83 years old? Ray Bolger’s income source is mostly from being a successful Actor. He is from USA. We have estimated Ray Bolger's net worth , money, salary, income, and assets.

The Wizard of Oz (1939)$3,000 a week.

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He was posthumously awarded a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars in Palm Springs, California on January 10, 1998.


Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 115-116. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.


In 1985, he co-hosted the documentary film That's Dancing! (1985) with Liza Minnelli.


Inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame (1980) and the International Tap Dance Hall of Fame (2015).


After his series ended, Bolger guest starred on many television series such as Battlestar Galactica (1978) and Fantasy Island (1977), and had some small roles in movies.


He was always closely identified with the Scarecrow. He once guest starred on the game show Password (1961). When the word "Ray" came up, he said to his partner "Me!". His partner readily answered "Scarecrow!".


In 1953, he turned to television and received his own sitcom, Where's Raymond? (1953), later changed to "The Ray Bolger Show".


Won 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".


He went to RKO Radio Pictures to make the romantic comedy Four Jacks and a Jill (1942). After this, Bolger went to Broadway, where he received his greatest satisfaction.


This got him noticed by MGM producers and resulted in his being cast in his most famous role, the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz (1939). Surprisingly, even though the film was a success, Bolger's contract with MGM ended.


His first dancing and singing role was in Sweethearts (1938), where he did the "wooden shoes" number with redheaded soprano/actress Jeanette MacDonald.


This was soon followed by a role opposite Eleanor Powell in the romantic comedy Rosalie (1937).


He was signed to a contract with MGM and his first role was as himself in The Great Ziegfeld (1936).


Bolger 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.


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 as an actor.