- Claude Conyers
(b Chicago, Aug 28, 1925; d Calabasas, CA, Sept 27, 2003). American dancer, singer, and actor. Born into a theatrical family, he had a lengthy career in musical theater, spanning all forms from vaudeville to television, but is noted particularly for his performances in movie musicals. A talented tap dancer, singer, and comedian, he made his film début at age twelve with his brothers in Melody for Two (1937), which led to a co-starring role in Sing, You Sinners (1938), and several youth-oriented pictures at Paramount. During the 1940s he made a number of low-budget musicals at Universal and, after wartime military service, the first of six memorable movies opposite Francis the talking mule. His best movie role was as Cosmo Brown in MGM’s Singin’ in the Rain (1952), dancing and singing in thrilling tap duets with Gene Kelly in “Fit as a Fiddle” and “Moses Supposes” and in the hilarious solo turn in “Make ‘Em Laugh.” His later movies include ...