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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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Born:
Jul 28, 1901 In Island Pond, Vermont, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
67
First Appeared:
In the movie The Vagabond Lover 1929-12-01
Latest Project:
Movie Man Rots from the Head 2016-08-10
Known For
Filmography
Movie Man Rots from the Head Ormsby Jamison 2016-08-10
Movie Badge of Honor Jasper B. Biggley 2015-10-19
Movie Edwardian Insects on Film Charles Harris 2013-03-19
Movie Son of Morning Themselves 2011-01-01
Movie PWG: Against The Grain Himself 2009-10-02
Movie Slumdog Millionaire Mr. Jessup 2008-05-12
Movie Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull John D. Hackensacker III 2008-05-21
Movie When a Stranger Calls August Henshler 2006-02-03
Movie Wonder Boys Peter Pedigrew 2000-02-22
Movie A Christmas Carol Charles Hingleman 1999-12-05
Movie In The Kingdom Of The Blind, The Man With One Eye Is King Himself 1995-03-01
Movie Untamed Heart Ormsby Jamison 1993-02-12
Movie Twenty Bucks John D. Hackensacker III 1993-10-21
Movie Blood Money Rudy Vallee 1988-05-04
Movie Evita Peron Peter Pedigrew 1981-02-23
Movie Disraeli Rudy Vallee 1978-09-05
Series CHiPs Unknown 1977-09-15
Movie Slashed Dreams Proprietor 1975-04-24
Series Ellery Queen Unknown 1975-09-11
Movie Koshish John Heaslip 1972-04-01
Movie Moon of the Wolf Himself 1972-09-26
Series Alias Smith and Jones Unknown 1971-01-05
Series Night Gallery Unknown 1970-12-16
Movie Eve Gordon Tolliver 1968-08-05
Series Here's Lucy Unknown 1968-09-23
Movie Live a Little, Love a Little Louis Penlow 1968-10-23
Movie How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Jasper B. Biggley 1967-01-01
Series Batman Unknown 1966-01-12
Movie The Monocle's Sour Laugh Himself 1964-09-16
Series Petticoat Junction Unknown 1963-09-24
Movie The Helen Morgan Story Himself 1957-10-05
Movie Nero's Mistress Vocalist-My Time is Your Time (voice) (uncredited) 1956-09-13
Movie Gentlemen Marry Brunettes Rudy Vallee 1955-10-29
Movie Ricochet Romance Worthington Higgenmacher 1954-11-01
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Series Your Show of Shows Unknown 1950-02-25
Movie The Golden Twenties Himself (archive footage) 1950-04-07
Movie The Admiral Was a Lady Peter Pedigrew 1950-08-04
Movie Mother Is a Freshman John Heaslip 1949-03-12
Movie My Dear Secretary Charles Harris 1949-01-12
Movie The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend Charles Hingleman 1949-05-27
Movie Father Was a Fullback Mr. Jessup 1949-09-30
Movie I Remember Mama Dr. Johnson 1948-03-17
Movie So This is New York Herbert Daley 1948-06-01
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie Unfaithfully Yours August Henshler 1948-12-10
Movie The Sin of Harold Diddlebock Lynn Sargant 1947-04-04
Movie Magic Town Louis Penlow 1947-10-07
Movie The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer Judge Thaddeus Turner 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 Happy Go Lucky Alfred Monroe 1943-01-04
Movie The Palm Beach Story John D. Hackensacker III 1942-11-07
Movie Time Out for Rhythm Daniel 'Danny' Collins 1941-06-05
Movie Too Many Blondes Dick Kerrigan 1941-08-01
Movie Hollywood Hobbies Charles Harris 1939-05-03
Movie Second Fiddle Roger Maxwell 1939-06-30
Movie Gold Diggers in Paris Terry Moore 1938-06-11
Movie The Prisoner of Zenda Ormsby Jamison 1937-09-03
Movie Sweet Music Skip Houston 1935-02-23
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