Georges Guetary

Active - 1944 - 1956  |   Born - Feb 8, 1915 in Alexandria, Egypt  |   Died - Sep 13, 1997 in Mougins, France  |   Genres - Adventure, Musical, Comedy

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French singer Georges Guetary is best-known by American audiences for having performed several unforgettable song and dance sequences alongside Gene Kelly and Oscar Levant in American in Paris (1951). In the Oscar-winning film, Guetary played Henri, the popular French singer who provided the third apex in the love triangle involving Kelly and love interest Leslie Caron. His two most memorable sequences in the Oscar-winning film came when he sang George and Ira Gershwin's "'SWonderful" and when, dressed in top hat and tails, he performed "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise" atop a spectacular lighted staircase. Guetary made his film debut in The Black Cavalier (1949). Much of his career was spent on television and stage. Guetary died of heart failure at the age of 82.