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Rudy Vallee

Rudy Vallee started his career as a saxophone player and singer and later became a band leader. In the 1920s and early 30s he had a hit radio program, The Fleishmann's Yeast Hour (where he was hated by his cast and crew due to his explosive ego-driven personality). In the early 1930's he was ranked with the likes of Bing Crosby and the tragic Russ Columbo in the Hit Parade. A huge hit on radio in 1933 with his program, initially known as 'The Fleischmann's Yeast Hour,' Vallee was considered a slave driver by his staff. He was known to instigate fist fights with virtually anyone who got on his nerves. During the run of his show he slugged photographers, threw sheet music in the faces of pianists' heads and if provoked, would sock hecklers in the nose. While audiences loved him, he was hated by most of his staff. As a very popular star in night clubs and on records, as well as in movies, he helped other singers like Alice Faye - who was for a while his band singer - and Frances Langford to start their careers. In his early movies he often played the romantic lead, but he switched later to stuffy and comic parts. He also appeared on Broadway. The mid-60's Broadway hit "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" was filmed in 1967 with him in his original Broadway role.

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Jul 28, 1901 In Island Pond, Vermont, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Vagabond Lover 1929-12-01
Latest Project:
Series Ellery Queen 1975-09-11
Known For
Poster of So This Is New York
Poster of 11th. Naval District 'United States Coast Guard Band'
Poster of Rodeo Dough
Poster of The Vagabond Lover
Series Ellery Queen Unknown 1975-09-11
Movie Slashed Dreams Proprietor 1975-04-24
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (archive footage) 1975-08-06
Series Alias Smith and Jones Unknown 1971-01-05
Series The Chicago Teddy Bears Unknown 1971-09-17
Series Night Gallery Unknown 1970-12-16
Movie How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Jasper B. Biggley 1967-03-09
Series Batman Unknown 1966-01-12
Movie Hollywood My Home Town 1965-12-31
Series Petticoat Junction Unknown 1963-09-24
Movie The Helen Morgan Story Himself 1957-10-02
Movie Gentlemen Marry Brunettes Rudy Vallee 1955-10-29
Movie Ricochet Romance Worthington Higgenmacher 1954-11-01
Series December Bride Unknown 1954-10-04
Movie The Golden Twenties Himself (archive footage) 1950-04-07
Series Your Show of Shows Unknown 1950-02-25
Movie The Admiral Was a Lady Peter Pedigrew 1950-08-04
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Movie Mother Is a Freshman John Heaslip 1949-03-12
Movie The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend Charles Hingleman 1949-05-27
Movie Father Was a Fullback Mr. Jessup 1949-09-30
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie I Remember Mama Dr. Johnson 1948-03-17
Movie So This Is New York Herbert Daley 1948-06-01
Movie My Dear Secretary Charles Harris 1948-11-05
Movie Unfaithfully Yours August Henshler 1948-12-10
Movie The Sin of Harold Diddlebock Lynn Sargant 1947-04-04
Movie The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer Tommy Chamberlain 1947-07-24
Movie People Are Funny Ormsby Jamison 1946-01-11
Movie Margie Vocalist-My Time is Your Time (voice) (uncredited) 1946-10-15
Movie It's in the Bag! Rudy Vallee 1945-04-21
Movie Man Alive Gordon Tolliver 1945-11-16
Movie 11th. Naval District 'United States Coast Guard Band' Himself - Bandleader 1944-01-01
Movie Happy Go Lucky Alfred Monroe 1943-01-04
Movie The Palm Beach Story John D. Hackensacker III 1942-08-28
Movie Time Out for Rhythm Daniel 'Danny' Collins 1941-06-05
Movie Too Many Blondes Dick Kerrigan 1941-08-01
Movie Rodeo Dough Rudy Vallee 1940-11-09
Movie Second Fiddle Roger Maxwell 1939-06-30
Movie Gold Diggers in Paris Terry Moore 1938-06-11
Movie Breakdowns of 1938 Himself 1938-02-07
Movie A Trip Thru a Hollywood Studio Himself (uncredited) 1935-02-02
Movie Sweet Music Skip Houston 1935-02-23
Movie Things You Never See on the Screen Himself 1935-12-01
Movie George White's Scandals Jimmy Martin 1934-03-15
Movie Hollywood on Parade No. B-9 1934-04-28
Movie International House Himself 1933-05-27
Movie The Vagabond Lover Rudy Bronson 1929-12-01
Movie Glorifying the American Girl Himself 1929-12-07
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