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New York City, New York, USA
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Los Angeles, California, USA
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When my Baby Smiles at Me
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Born in New York City on December 14 1915 (note 1), he appeared in a minstrel show when very young, and appeared in vaudeville before his Broadway debut in 1937 in Babes in Arms. In 1940, he was signed by MGM to make movies and, although his past career had been in musicals, he was initially cast as a Nazi in The Mortal Storm. However, the people at MGM realized their mistake quickly and cast him in a series of musical films.
He served in the United States Army during World War II, was commissioned as an Army Officer after graduation from Signal OCS at Ft Monmouth NJ (see note 2), after which he served with distinction until the war ended. Then returned to more musicals. Beginning with Mother Wore Tights (1947) Dailey became the frequent and favorite co-star of movie legend Betty Grable. His performance in their film When My Baby Smiles at Me in 1948 garnered him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. In 1950, he starred in A Ticket to Tomahawk, often noted as one of the first screen appearances of Marilyn Monroe, in a very small part as a dance-hall girl. In 1953, Dailey starred in Meet Me at the Fair. One of his notable roles was in There`s No Business Like Show Business (1954) which featured Irving Berlin`s music and also starred Ethel Merman, Marilyn Monroe, Donald O`Connor, and Johnnie Ray.
As the musical genre began to wane in the mid-1950s, he moved on to various comedic and dramatic roles, including his television series, The Governor & J.J. and the NBC Mystery Movie series "Faraday & Company". His sister is Another World actress Irene Dailey.
Note 1: The 1920 census and Dailey`s official enlistment record shows that he was born December 14 1915, not 1913 as is sometimes reported. His father`s name was James J Dailey and his mother`s name was Helen Dailey. Both were born in New York City. Note 2: Dailey enlisted in the Army shortly after Pearl Harbor. He was selected to attend Signal Corps Officer Candidate School at Ft Monmouth NJ and was assigned there in September 1942. The beginning class had over 1500 candidates.. Only 754 of those graduated. Dailey was one of the 754. He was commissioned on Dec 12 1942 and served until late in 1946 when he was discharged as a Captain.
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Daniel James Dailey
Daniel James Dailey
Helen Ryan Dailey
Daniel James "Dan" Dailey, Jr. (December 14, 1915 – October 16, 1978) was an American dancer and actor.
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1921, 1937-1977, 1921, 1937-1977, 1937–1977
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passed away on 16th Oct 1978 aged 64. |||
Dan Dailey passed away on 16th Oct 1978 aged 64. His last relationship was when Gwen Carter and Dan Dailey are divorced.
Dan Dailey was previously married to Elizabeth Jane Hofert (1942 - 1951).
He was also in relationships with Gwen Carter (1955 - 1961), Milly Vitale (1954 - 1955), Charlotte Austin (1954), Kathleen Hughes (1952), June Haver (1952), Jane Nigh (1951 - 1952), Shelley Winters (1950 - present), Mona Knox and Carole Mathews.
Dan Dailey is rumoured to have hooked up with Ann Miller ( - present).
Dan Dailey had a son named Dan Jr.
Dan Dailey is a 64 year old American Actor. Born Daniel James Dailey on 14th December, 1913 in New York City, New York, USA, he is famous for When my Baby Smiles at Me in a career that spans 1921, 1937-1977. His zodiac sign is Sagittarius.
Dan Dailey was in 3 on-screen matchups, notably with Betty Grable in Mother Wore Tights (1947), Donna Reed in Mokey (1942) and Jayne Mansfield in The Wayward Bus (1957).
Dan Dailey is a member of the following lists:
Las Vegas entertainers,
American male radio actors and
Male actors from New York City.
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