Tommy Rall

Tommy Rall

Birth
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Death 6 Oct 2020 (aged 90)
Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Cremated
Memorial ID 216452576 · View Source
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Entertainer. His mother enrolled him in dancing as a child because he had a crossed eye that made it hard for him to read books. In his early years he performed a dance and acrobatic vaudeville act in Seattle theaters and attempted small acting roles. In the 1940s, the family moved to Los Angeles and he appeared in some small movie roles. His first film appearance was a short MGM film called Vendetta. He started taking tap dancing lessons and became a member of the jitterbugging Jivin' Jacks and Jills at Universal Studios. He appeared in several light wartime Andrews Sisters vehicles including “Give Out, Sisters” (1942), “Get Hep to Love” (1942), and others. He appeared in the films “The North Star” and “Song of Russia.” He went on to take ballet lessons and danced in classical and Broadway shows, including “Milk and Honey,” “Call Me Madam” and “Cry for Us All.” He is best known for his acrobatic dancing in several classic musical films of the 1950s, including “Kiss Me, Kate,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” (1954), "Invitation to the Dance” (1956), “Merry Andrew” (1958), and “My Sister Eileen” (1955). On Broadway he danced to acclaim as "Johnny" in Marc Blitzstein and Joseph Stein's 1959 musical “Juno.” He took the title role that required both singing, juggling and dancing in a production of Massenet's Le Jongleur de Notre Dame by the New England Opera Theatre in Boston in 1961. He later became a successful operatic tenor in the 1960s, making appearances with the Opera Company of Boston, the New York City Opera, and the American National Opera Company.

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