Popular actor and dancer who choreographed his own dance routines in such hit 1940s and '50s films as Singin' in the Rain, Anchors Aweigh, An American in Paris and On the Town. He was ranked 15th on the American Film Institute's list of the Greatest Male Stars of All Time in 1999.
While attending the University of Pittsburgh, he became involved in the Cap and Gown Club, a group that staged and produced original comedic musical productions.
In 1952, he received an Academy Honorary Award for his career accomplishments.
He was married to Betsy Blair from 1941 to 1957, Jeanne Coyne from 1960 to 1973 and Patricia Ward from 1990 to 1996. He had three children.
He co-starred with Debbie Reynolds in the 1952 classic Singin' in the Rain.