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Gordon MacRae


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Full Name
Albert Gordon MacRae

March 12, 1921 (
East Orange, New Jersey, US

Cause of death
Mouth and jaw cancer and pneumonia

Alma mater
Nottingham High SchoolDeerfield Academy

Actor/Singer, TV and radio show host/personality

January 24, 1986, William Jennings Bryan House, Lincoln, Nebraska, United States

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Elizabeth Lamberti (m. 1967–1986), Sheila MacRae (m. 1941–1967)

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Albert Gordon MacRae (March 12, 1921 – January 24, 1986) was an American actor and singer, best known for his appearances in the film versions of two Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, Oklahoma! (1955) and Carousel (1956), and playing Bill Sherman in On Moonlight Bay (1951) and By The Light of the Silvery Moon (1953).


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Early life

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Born in East Orange in Essex County in northeastern New Jersey, MacRae graduated in 1940 from Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts, and he thereafter served as a navigator in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. Prior to this, he attended Nottingham High School in Syracuse, New York.


Winning a contest enabled MacRae to sing at the 1939 New York World's Fair with the Harry James and Les Brown orchestras.

He made his Broadway debut in 1942, acquiring his first recording contract soon afterwards. Many of his hit recordings were made with Jo Stafford. In 1948, he appeared in his first film, The Big Punch, a drama about boxing. He soon began an on-screen partnership with Doris Day and appeared with her in several films.

In 1950, he starred with Doris Day in Tea for Two (a reworking of No, No, Nanette), then in 1951, he starred again with Day in On Moonlight Bay, followed by the 1953 sequel By the Light of the Silvery Moon. That same year, he also starred opposite Kathryn Grayson in the third film version of The Desert Song. This was followed by leading roles in two major films of Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, Oklahoma! (1955) and Carousel (1956), both films opposite Shirley Jones.

On radio in 1945, his talents were showcased on the Gordon MacRae Show on the CBS network in collaboration with the conductor Archie Bleyer. The show also featured emerging musical talent, including the accordionist John Serry Sr.. MacRae was also the host and lead actor on The Railroad Hour, a half-hour anthology series made up of condensed versions of hit Broadway musicals. Many of those programs were recorded later in popular studio cast albums; most of these recordings have been reissued on CD.

MacRae appeared frequently on television, on such programs as The Martha Raye Show and The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford, both on NBC. During Christmas 1958, MacRae and Ford performed the Christmas hymn "O Holy Night". Earlier in 1958, MacRae guest-starred on the short-lived NBC variety series, The Polly Bergen Show.

Thereafter, MacRae appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom, and The Bell Telephone Hour. He continued his musical stage career, often performing with his wife, as in a 1964 production of Bells Are Ringing, also performing as Sky Masterson in the popular musical Guys and Dolls, with his wife playing the role of Miss Adeleide, reprising her Broadway role. In the late 1960s, he co-hosted for a week on The Mike Douglas Show. He also toured in summer stock and appeared in nightclubs. In 1967, he replaced Robert Preston in the original Broadway run of the musical I Do! I Do!, starring opposite Carol Lawrence, who had taken over her role from Mary Martin.

Personal life

He was married to Sheila MacRae from 1941 until 1967; the couple were the parents of four children: actresses Heather and Meredith MacRae, and sons William Gordon MacRae and Robert Bruce MacRae. Two of the children, Meredith MacRae and Robert Bruce MacRae, predeceased their mother, Sheila.

Gordon MacRae was married, secondly, to Elizabeth Lambert Schrafft on September 25, 1967, and fathered one daughter, Amanda Mercedes MacRae in 1968. They remained married until his death. He was buried at the Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln, Nebraska. He battled alcohol problems for many years although by the late 1970s he overcame them and in the 1980s helped people in a treatment centre who had similar addictions.


MacRae suffered from cancer of the mouth and jaw, but ultimately died in 1986 of pneumonia, at his home in Lincoln, Nebraska, aged 64.

Stage work

  • Junior Miss (1942) (Broadway) (replacement for Walter Collins)
  • Three to Make Ready (1946) (Broadway)
  • Carousel (1955) (Music Hall at Fair Park)
  • Annie Get Your Gun (1960) (Kansas City)
  • Bells Are Ringing (1961) (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Guys and Dolls (1963) (summer stock tour)
  • Bells Are Ringing (1964) (summer stock tour)
  • Jerome Kern's Theatre (1966) (Avery Fisher Hall)
  • Kismet (1966) (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Oklahoma! (1967) (summer stock tour)
  • I Do! I Do! (1967) (Broadway) (replacement for Robert Preston)
  • Golden Rainbow (1969) (summer stock tour)
  • Milk and Honey (1972) (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Paint Your Wagon (1978) (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Radio

    MacRae replaced Frank Sinatra on a radio program in 1943, but he soon had to leave for military service. In 1946, he was the "singing emcee" of The Teentimers Club, a Saturday morning program on NBC. From 1945-1948 he also hosted and performed on The Gordon MacRae Show for the CBS radio network.

    He also appeared in programs as shown in the table below.

  • MacRae is mentioned in the song "Oklahoma U.S.A." by The Kinks, as the song's subject daydreams of "riding in the surrey with the fringe on top" with "Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae." He is also mentioned in the second episode of The Golden Palace.
  • He was Godfather to Shirley Jones and Jack Cassidy's son, Shaun Cassidy.
  • References

    Gordon MacRae Wikipedia

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