Dan Dailey (I) (1915–1978)

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Born in New York City, Dan Dailey started his career in vaudeville, later making his Broadway debut in the stage version of "Babes in Arms". When signed to MGM, the studio initially casted him as a Nazi in The Mortal Storm (1940). The studio realized their mistake and cast him in musical films, thereafter. Then, after serving in World War II, ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Known For

You're My Everything Timothy O'Connor
The Governor & J.J. Gov. William Drinkwater
When My Baby Smiles at Me 'Skid' Johnson
Meet Me in Las Vegas Chuck Rodwell


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 1977 Testimony of Two Men (TV Mini-Series)
Father McGuire
- Part I (1977) ... Father McGuire
- Part III (1977) ... Father McGuire
- Part II (1977) ... Father McGuire
 1976 Freedom Is (TV Movie) (voice)
 1975 The Daughters of Joshua Cabe Return (TV Movie)
Joshua Cabe
 1973-1974 Faraday and Company (TV Series)
Frank Faraday
- A Matter of Magic (1974) ... Frank Faraday
- Fire and Ice (1973) ... Frank Faraday
- A Wheelbarrow Full of Trouble (1973) ... Frank Faraday
- Say Hello to a Dead Man (1973) ... Frank Faraday
 1972 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series)
Michael O'Hara III
- Michael O'Hara the Fourth: Part 2 (1972) ... Michael O'Hara III
- Michael O'Hara the Fourth: Part 1 (1972) ... Michael O'Hara III
 1972 Michael O'Hara the Fourth (TV Movie)
Michael O'Hara III
 1971 Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones (TV Movie)
Paul Greher
 1969-1970 The Governor & J.J. (TV Series)
Gov. William Drinkwater
- From Here to Maternity (1970) ... Gov. William Drinkwater
- P.S. I Don't Love You (1970) ... Gov. William Drinkwater
- Twice in a Lifetime (1970) ... Gov. William Drinkwater
- A Day in the Life (1970) ... Gov. William Drinkwater
- The Making of the Governor (1970) ... Gov. William Drinkwater
 1964 Low Man on a Totem Pole (TV Movie)
H. Allen Smith
 1964 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series)
Sergeant Mike Parker
- Papa G.I. (1964) ... Sergeant Mike Parker
 1962 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Philip 'Barney' Bartel
- The Tender Poisoner (1962) ... Philip 'Barney' Bartel
 1962 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Dexter Lloyd Bayless
- Come and Kill Me (1962) ... Dexter Lloyd Bayless
 1960 Pepe
Ted Holt
 1959-1960 The Four Just Men (TV Series)
Tim Collier
- The Heritage (1960) ... Tim Collier (uncredited)
- The Moment of Truth (1960) ... Tim Collier
- The Grandmother (1960) ... Tim Collier
- The Princess (1960) ... Tim Collier
- The Boy Without a Country (1960) ... Tim Collier (uncredited)
 1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Bill Bailey
- Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home? (1959) ... Bill Bailey
 1958 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
- Time of Your Life (1958) ... Harry
 1958 Underwater Warrior
Cmdr. David Forest
 1957 The Wayward Bus
Ernest Horton
 1957 Oh, Men! Oh, Women!
Arthur Turner
 1957 The Wings of Eagles
'Jughead' Carson
 1956 The Best Things in Life Are Free
Ray Henderson
 1956 Meet Me in Las Vegas
Chuck Rodwell
 1955 It's Always Fair Weather
Doug Hallerton
 1955 Shower of Stars (TV Series)
- All-Star Line-Up (1955)
- Burlesque (1955)
 1954 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
- The Jam Session Show (1954) ... Dan
 1953 The Kid from Left Field
Larry 'Pop' Cooper
 1953 The Girl Next Door
Bill Carter
 1953 Meet Me at the Fair
Doc Tilbee
 1953 Taxi
Ed Nielson
 1952 What Price Glory
1st Sgt. Quirt
 1952 The Pride of St. Louis
Jerome Hanna 'Dizzy' Dean
 1951 I Can Get It for You Wholesale
Teddy Sherman
 1951 Call Me Mister
Shep Dooley
 1950 I'll Get By
G.I. Dancing with June Haver & Gloria De Haven (uncredited)
 1950 My Blue Heaven
Jack Moran
 1950 A Ticket to Tomahawk
Johnny Behind-the-Deuces
 1950 When Willie Comes Marching Home
William 'Bill' Kluggs
 1949 You're My Everything
Timothy O'Connor
 1949 Chicken Every Sunday
Jim Hefferan
 1948 When My Baby Smiles at Me
'Skid' Johnson
 1948 Give My Regards to Broadway
Bert Norwick
 1948 You Were Meant for Me
Chuck Arnold
 1947 Mother Wore Tights
 1943 This Is the Army
Soldier - 'This Is the Army' Number (uncredited)
 1942 Panama Hattie
Dick Bulliard (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
 1942 Give Out, Sisters
Bob Edwards (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
 1942 Timber!
Kansas (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
 1942 Sunday Punch
Olaf 'Ole' Jensen (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
 1942 Mokey
Herbert Delano (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
 1941 Moon Over Her Shoulder
Rex (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
 1941 Lady Be Good
Bill Pattison (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
 1941 Down in San Diego
Al Haines
 1941 The Getaway
Sonny Black (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
 1941 Ziegfeld Girl
Jimmy Walters (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
 1941 Washington Melodrama
Whitney King (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
 1941 The Wild Man of Borneo
Ed LeMotte (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
 1940 Keeping Company
Jim Reynolds (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
 1940 Hullabaloo
Bob Strong (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
 1940 Dulcy
Bill Ward (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
 1940 The Captain Is a Lady
Perth Nickerson (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
 1940 The Mortal Storm
Holl (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
 1940 Susan and God
Homer (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Plaza Suite (1968). Comedy. Written by Neil Simon. Directed by Mike Nichols. Plymouth Theatre: 14 Feb 1968- 3 Oct 1970 (1097 performances + 2 previews). Cast: George C. Scott (as "Sam Nash," "Visitor From Mamaroneck," "Jesse Kiplinger," "Visitor From Hollywood," "Roy Hubley," "Visitor From Forest Hills"), Maureen Stapleton (as ... See more »

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Dan Dailey Jr.


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In Hollywood, after you get a little success, the next thing you usually get is a divorce. See more »


According to an in-depth article written by Frances Ingram in the January 2001 issue of Classic Images film magazine, Dan was buried in his favorite pink hunting jacket and singer and long-time friend John Raitt sang at his funeral. See more »

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