Dennis King

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For the actor and composer, see Denis King.
King circa 1927

Dennis King (2 November 1897 – 21 May 1971) was an English actor and singer.

Born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England, UK as Dennis Pratt, King had a stage career in both drama (including Shakespeare) and musicals. He emigrated to the USA in 1921 and went on to a successful career on the Broadway stage. Among his most notable performances was his role in the original production of Rudolf Friml's Rose-Marie, in which he introduced the songs "Rose-Marie" and "Indian Love Call"[1]

He appeared in two musical films and played non-singing roles in two other films. He also played several roles on television. He died in New York City, 21 May 1971, aged 73.

Family[edit]

He was the father of musical theatre actor John Michael King who originated the role of Freddy Eynsford Hill in My Fair Lady . Dennis King pursued his hobby of painting later in life.

Musical theatre credits[edit]

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Other film credits include[edit]

Television credits include[edit]

  • 1957 Twelfth Night (as Sir Toby Belch, on the Hallmark Hall of Fame)
  • 1958 Aladdin, CBS color television special with songs by Cole Porter (presented on the DuPont Show of the Month)
  • 1960 The Mikado, NBC colour television special with Groucho Marx, Stanley Holloway and Helen Traubel (presented by the Bell Telephone Hour)
  • 1961 Give Us Barabbas! (as Pontius Pilate) (presented on the Hallmark Hall of Fame)

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