August 23, 1912- February 2, 1996

Gene Kelly was the coolest film dancer and star of movie musicals. I really only started watching Kelly's lesser known movies in 1996, after he passed away (30 years and one day after Buster Keaton.) I personally can't stand musicals, but there's something about Gene Kelly... Some of his films were so cheesy, you just can't help but love them. He was a really cool guy. And an amazing dancer.

I'm not going to type out his biography or anything. Other people have done that. This page is just a little tribute, and I have a constantly growing Gene Kelly Photo Gallery. I know a lot of people link directly here from The Gene Kelly Home Page, but if you didn't, be sure to check them out when you're done here!

Must-See Kelly Movies

Singin' in the Rain - Duh. Have you not seen this? It's only one of the classic movie musicals of all time, as well as a very funny parody of Hollywood movie making. Check out the amazing Donald O'Connor dancing and singing "Make 'em Laugh." And there's that rain dance.

The Pirate - My personal favorite Kelly movie. I saw this for the first time on the big screen a couple of weeks after he passed away. It's got everything: Gene Kelly with a moustache (and dyed orange hair at the very end), Judy Garland over-acting and over-singing, great dance sequences, a special appearance by the Nicholas Brothers (Wow!), romance, fight scenes, and even a brief bit of a guy juggling three clubs. Skip the rental; you'll want to own this one.

An American in Paris - Leslie Caron. That's all I have to say. (And a Buster Keaton inspired opening sequence.)

Anchors Aweigh - This movie stars Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra as dancing sailors. It's kind of funny watching Sinatra try to keep up with Kelly. And also, this was one of the first movies to mix live action and animation; Kelly does about four minutes dancing with Jerry the Mouse. Wicked.

My Gene Kelly Photo Gallery is here
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