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.


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]

Musical film credits[edit]

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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