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Dan Dailey

Dan DaileyAKA Daniel James Dailey

Born: 14-Dec-1913
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 16-Oct-1978
Location of death: Los Angeles, CA
Cause of death: Infection
Remains: Buried, Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, CA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: When My Baby Smiles at Me

Military service: US Army (1942-46)

Dan Dailey began his career in the last days of vaudeville, and in 1934 he was cast in a minor part in the Rodgers & Hart musical, Babes in Arms. That play ran on Broadway for its final year, 1937. He obtained roles in several more plays, until 1940 when he signed a contract with MGM. The studio immediately miscast Dailey, a song and dance man, as a Nazi in The Mortal Storm. World War II interrupted his career, as well as a succession of B movies. He switched studios, to 20th Century Fox. The year 1947 saw him in Mother Wore Tights, alongside Betty Grable. His appearance with her in When My Baby Smiles at Me the following year earned him an Academy Award nomination. A leading man in the 1950s, his career slowed in the 1970s. In 1969 and 1970 he starred as Gov. Drinkwater in The Governor & J.J., after which he continued to take roles on both stage and screen. In 1977 he broke his hip and had an artificial replacement put in, but the new hip became infected. He disdained hospital treatment and anemia caught up with him. Dailey died at his home in Los Angeles from that ailment in October 1978.

Father: James J. Dailey
Mother: Helen
Sister: Irene Dailey
Wife: Esther Rodier (div. 1941)
Wife: Elizabeth Hofert (m. 1942, div. 1951)
Wife: Gwen Carter O'Connor (div.)
Son: Dan Dailey III (d. 1975 suicide)

    Golden Globe 1970 for The Governor & J.J. (television)
    Hip Replacement Surgery 1977

    TELEVISION
    The Governor and J. J. Gov. William Drinkwater (1969-70)
    The Four Just Men Tim Collier (1959-60)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover (Dec-1977)
    Adventures of a Young Man (18-Jul-1962)
    Pepe (21-Dec-1960)
    The Wayward Bus (27-May-1957)
    Oh, Men! Oh, Women! (22-Feb-1957)
    The Wings of Eagles (22-Feb-1957)
    The Best Things in Life Are Free (28-Sep-1956)
    Meet Me in Las Vegas (9-Mar-1956) · Chuck Rodwell
    It's Always Fair Weather (1-Sep-1955) · Doug Hallerton
    There's No Business Like Show Business (16-Dec-1954) · Terence Donahue
    The Kid from Left Field (Jul-1953) · Larry "Pop" Cooper
    The Girl Next Door (20-May-1953)
    Taxi (21-Jan-1953)
    Meet Me at the Fair (Jan-1953)
    What Price Glory (22-Aug-1952)
    The Pride of St. Louis (2-May-1952) · Dizzy Dean
    I Can Get It for You Wholesale (4-Apr-1951)
    Call Me Mister (31-Jan-1951)
    My Blue Heaven (15-Sep-1950) · Jack Moran
    A Ticket to Tomahawk (18-Apr-1950)
    When Willie Comes Marching Home (17-Feb-1950)
    You're My Everything (29-Jun-1949) · Timothy O'Connor
    Chicken Every Sunday (18-Jan-1949)
    When My Baby Smiles at Me (10-Nov-1948)
    Give My Regards to Broadway (8-Jun-1948)
    You Were Meant for Me (28-Jan-1948)
    Mother Wore Tights (20-Aug-1947) · Daddy
    Panama Hattie (Sep-1942)
    Sunday Punch (8-May-1942) · Olaf Jensen
    Mokey (Apr-1942)
    Lady Be Good (1-Sep-1941) · Bill Pattison
    The Get-Away (13-Jun-1941)
    Ziegfeld Girl (25-Apr-1941) · Jimmy Walters
    Washington Melodrama (18-Apr-1941) · Whitney King
    The Wild Man of Borneo (24-Jan-1941)
    Hullabaloo (25-Oct-1940)
    The Captain Is a Lady (21-Jun-1940) · Perth Nickerson
    The Mortal Storm (14-Jun-1940) · Holl


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