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Dan Dailey
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Actor
    (December 14, 1915-October 16, 1978)
    Born in New York City, New York
    Appeared in the films 'The Mortal Storm' (1940), 'This Is the Army' (1943), 'Mother Wore Tights' (1947), 'When My Baby Smiles at Me' (1948), 'My Blue Heaven' (1950), 'I Can Get It For You Wholesale' (1951), 'The Pride of St. Louis' (1952), 'What Price Glory?' (1952), 'Meet Me at the Fair' (1953), 'There's No Business Like Show Business' (1954), 'It's Always Fair Weather' (1955), 'The Best Things in Life Are Free' (1956), 'Pepe' (1960), 'Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man' (1962) and 'The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover' (1977)
    Portrayed William Drinkwater in 'The Governor & J.J.' (1969-71)
    Appeared on Broadway in 'Babes in Arms' (1937), 'Catch Me If You Can' (1965) and 'Plaza Suite' (1968-70)
    Died of complications following hip replacement surgery
    He performed in blackface in a minstrel show as a kid.
    He said, 'In Hollywood, after you get a little success, the next thing you usually get is a divorce' -- or, in his case, four divorces.
    He spent five months at the Menninger Clinic after suffering a breakdown from overwork (1951).
    He was rumored to be a cross-dresser and was allegedly caught stealing Linda Darnell's dresses from the Fox wardrobe department.
    He was an expert horseman and won over 75 ribbons at horse shows.
    During World War II, he served first as a cavalry instructor at Fort Riley, then with the infantry in Italy.
    He won the first Golden Globe for Best Actor in a TV Comedy.
    His only child, Dan Dailey III, committed suicide (1975).

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