Rudy Vallee (1901–1986)

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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... See full bio »

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 2017 Gregory Porter's Popular Voices (TV Mini-Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Crooners & Co (2017) ... (performer: "If You Were the Only Girl in the World" - uncredited)
 2016 20th Century Women (performer: "As Time Goes By" - as Rudy Vallee & His Connecticut Yankees)
 2015 Violets (Short) (lyrics: "Deep Night")
  Boardwalk Empire (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2014) (writer - 1 episode, 2014)
- King of Norway (2014) ... (performer: "Would You Like to Take a Walk?", "Let's Put Out the Lights (and Go to Sleep)" - uncredited)
- The Good Listener (2014) ... (writer: "I'm Just a Vagabond Lover" - uncredited)
 2013 From the Darkness Theatre (Short) (writer: "Deep Night")
 2009 The National Parks: America's Best Idea (TV Mini-Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Going Home: 1920-1933 (2009) ... (performer: "Brother Can You Spare A Dime?")
 2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (writer: "The Whiffenpoof Song" - as Rudy Vallée)
 2008 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1920s: The Dawn of the Hollywood Musical (Video documentary) (A Little Kiss Each Night", "I Love You, Believe Me, I Love You", (performer: "A Little Kiss Each Morning, uncredited)
 2006 The Good Shepherd (writer: "The Whiffenpoof Song (Baa! Baa! Baa!)")
 2000 Finding Forrester (writer: "DEEP NIGHT")
 2000 Everybody Loves Raymond (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Italy: Part 2 (2000) ... (writer: "Luna Mezzo Mare" - uncredited)
  American Masters (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 1997) (writer - 1 episode, 1997)
- Vaudeville (1997) ... (performer: "I'm Just a Vagabond Lover" - uncredited) / (writer: "Heigh-Ho, Everybody, Heigh-Ho!", "I'm Just a Vagabond Lover" - uncredited)
 1995 Nixon (arranger: "STEIN SONG (UNIVERSITY OF MAINE)")
 1993 King of the Hill ("Kitty from Kansas City" (1921)) / (performer: "Kitty from Kansas City" (1921), "If I Had a Girl Like You" (1925), "You'll Do It Someday" (1929))
 1992 Shining Through (writer: "Goodnight Sweetheart")
 1991 My Own Private Idaho (performer: "Deep Night")
 1990 Miller's Crossing (writer: "Goodnight, Sweetheart")
 1988 The Glory and Misery of Human Life (performer: "Hold My Hand")
 1984 City Heat (performer: "Let's Do It")
  All You Need Is Love (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 1977) (writer - 1 episode, 1977)
- Always Chasing Rainbows: Tin Pan Alley (1977) ... (performer: "I'm Just a Vagabond Lover", "Honey" - uncredited) / (writer: "I'm Just a Vagabond Lover" - uncredited)
 1975 Brother Can You Spare a Dime (Documentary) (performer: "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" (1931), "The Drunkard Song (There Is a Tavern in the Town)" (ca 1883)) / (writer: "The Drunkard Song (There Is a Tavern in the Town)" (ca 1883))
 1973 A Summer Without Boys (TV Movie) (writer: "Goodnight Sweetheart" - as Noble, Campbell, Connelly, Vallee)
 1971 The Grissom Gang (performer: "I Can't Give You Anything but Love")
 1969 Mondo Trasho (performer: "You're Driving Me Crazy")
 1967 Bonnie and Clyde (lyrics: "Deep Night") / (performer: "Deep Night")
 1967 Go!!! (TV Movie) (performer: "Mame")
 1967 How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (performer: "Been a Long Day", "Grand Old Ivy", "Brotherhood of Man" - uncredited)
 1965 Synanon (music: "The Whiffenpoof Song")
 1962 Hawaiian Eye (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Location Shooting (1962) ... (lyrics: "Deep Night" - uncredited)
 1959 Bing Crosby and Dean Martin Present High Hopes (TV Special) (writer: "Talk to Me" - uncredited)
 1957 The Helen Morgan Story (lyrics: "Deep Night" - uncredited) / (performer: "My Time Is Your Time" - uncredited)
 1955 Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (performer: "Have You Met Miss Jones", "I Wanna Be Loved by You")
 1950 Father of the Bride (writer: "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight" - uncredited)
 1949 Twelve O'Clock High (writer: "The Whiffenpoof Song" - uncredited)
 1949 The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (performer: "In the Gloaming" (1877) - uncredited)
  The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1949) (writer - 1 episode, 1949)
- Episode #2.19 (1949) ... (performer: "Buttons and Bows", "Where To?", "There is a Tavern in the Town (The Drunkard Song)") / (writer: "Where To?")
 1946 The Fabulous Suzanne (performer: "A Couple of Years Ago")
 1946 Margie (performer: "MY TIME IS YOUR TIME")
 1946 People Are Funny ("Alouetta") / (performer: "Alouetta")
 1945 It's in the Bag! (performer: "The Curse of an Aching Heart" (1913) - uncredited)
 1944 11th. Naval District 'United States Coast Guard Band' (Short) (performer: "Ship Ahoy! (All the Nice Girls Love a Sailor)")
 1942 The Palm Beach Story (performer: "Isn't It Romantic?" (1932), "Goodnight Sweetheart" (1931) - uncredited)
 1941 Too Many Blondes ("Let's Love Again") / (performer: "Whistle Your Blues To a Bluebird", "Don't Mind If I Do", "Let's Love Again", "The Man on the Flying Trapeze")
 1940 Susan and God (writer: "Goodnight, Sweetheart" (1931) - uncredited)
 1939 Second Fiddle (performer: "When Winter Comes", "I Poured My Heart Into A Song", "An Old Fashioned Tune Is Always New")
 1938 Gold Diggers in Paris (performer: "Daydreaming (All Night Long)", "The Latin Quarter" (uncredited), "I Wanna Go Back to Bali" (uncredited), "A Stranger in Paree" (uncredited))
 1936 Shop Talk (Short) (writer: "Somewhere in Your Heart" - uncredited)
 1935 Sweet Music (performer: "Ev'ry Day", "Fare Thee Well, Annabelle", "The Good Green Acres of Home", "Outside", "Selzer's Cigars", "Sweet Music", "There's a Diff'rent You in Your Heart" - uncredited)
 1935 Bordertown (writer: "Somewhere in Your Heart" (1934) - uncredited)
 1934 Babbitt (writer: "Somewhere in Your Heart" - uncredited)
 1934 Gentlemen Are Born (writer: "Somewhere in Your Heart" - uncredited)
 1934 Change of Heart (performer: "My Time Is Your Time" (1924) - uncredited)
 1934 George White's Scandals (performer: "Sweet and Simple", "Hold My Hand", "My Dog Loves Your Dog", "Every Day Is Father's Day With Baby")
 1933 International House (performer: "Thank Heaven For You" (1933) - uncredited)
 1932 The Musical Doctor (Short) (performer: "Keep a Little Song Handy", "Missin' All the Kissin' from My Alabamy Mammy Pains", "My Mammy" - uncredited)
 1932 Rudy Vallee Melodies (Short) (lyrics: "Deep Night") / (performer: "Keep a Little Song Handy" (uncredited), "Deep Night", "A Little Kiss Each Morning", "Stein Song (University of Maine)", "Good Night Sweetheart" (uncredited)) / (writer: "Betty Co-Ed" - uncredited)
 1932 Knowmore College (Short) (performer: "When I Look in the Book of My Memory", "You'll Find a Rhyme for Everything but Orange" - uncredited)
 1931 Musical Justice (Short) (performer: "A Little Kiss Each Morning", "Don't Take My Boop-Oop-A-Doop Away" - uncredited)
 1931 Musical Moods (Short) (writer: "Fight Right On, Notre Dame" - uncredited)
 1931 Kitty from Kansas City (Short) ("Kitty from Kansas City")
 1931 Betty Co-ed (Short) (performer: "Betty Co-Ed") / (writer: "Betty Co-Ed")
 1931 Confessions of a Co-Ed (lyrics: "Betty Co-Ed" - uncredited)
 1931 Let's Be Optimistic (Short) (lyrics: "Toodle Oo! So Long Good-bye") / (music: "Toodle Oo! So Long Good-bye")
 1929 Angora Love (Short) (writer: "Heigh-Ho, Everybody, Heigh-Ho!", "I'm Still Caring" - uncredited)
 1929 Glorifying the American Girl (writer: "I'm Just a Vagabond Lover" (1929) - uncredited)
 1929 The Vagabond Lover (performer: "I Love You, Believe Me, I Love You" (1929), "I'm Just a Vagabond Lover" (1929), "If You Were the Only Girl in the World" (1929), "Then I'll Be Reminded of You" (1929), "A Little Kiss Each Morning (A Little Kiss Each Night)" (1929) - uncredited) / (writer: "I'm Just a Vagabond Lover" (1929) - uncredited)
 1929 Baby Rose Marie the Child Wonder (Short) (writer: "Heigh-Ho, Everybody, Heigh-Ho!" - uncredited)
 1929 Rudy Vallee and His Connecticut Yankees (Short) (lyrics: "Deep Night")
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in Jean Kerr's play, "Jenny Kissed Me," at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, MA, with Lee Remick in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

6 Print Biographies | 8 Portrayals | See more »

Alternate Names:

Lieutenant Rudy Vallee U.S.C.G.R. | Rudy Vallée


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It always seems foolish to me to try to criticize the public for liking a thing. We of the soft-crooning radio type of singer are giving the people what they want. The American public as a whole does not care for full-throated operatic singing. And why should it? Down through the ages it has been the simple song which has lived and continues to touch the heart of humanity. And so it is with ... See more »


Parents are Charles Alphonse and Catherine Lynch Vallee. See more »


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