Ray Bolger
Personal Information
Birthname: Raymond Wallace Bolger
Sex/Gender: Male
Born: January 10, 1904
Birthplace: Dorchester, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died: January 15, 1987(1987-01-15) (aged 83)
Deathplace: Los Angeles, CA, U.S. (bladder cancer)
Series Information
Appeared as: Toby Noe
Appeared on/in: Little House on the Prairie
No. of appearances: "There's No Place Like Home (Part 1)"
"Dance With Me"

Ray Bolger (born January 10, 1904 - died January 15, 1987) guest starred in two Season 5 episodes of Little House on the Prairie. He played the role of Toby Noe" in "There's No Place Like Home (Part 1)" and in "Dance With Me". Bolger is best known for his role as the Scarecrow in in MGM's classic film, The Wizard of Oz. He was also the host of his own television show, The Ray Bolger Show.[1]


Bolger appeared in his own ABC television sitcom with a variety show theme, Where's Raymond? (1953–1954), renamed the second year as The Ray Bolger Show (1954–55).[2] He continued to star in several films, including Walt Disney's remake of Babes in Toyland (1961).[3]

Bolger made frequent guest appearances on television, including the episode "Rich Man, Poor Man" of the short-lived The Jean Arthur Show in 1966. In the 1970s, he had a recurring role as the father of Shirley Partridge (Shirley Jones) on The Partridge Family, and also guest starred on other television series such as The Love Boat, Battlestar Galactica and Fantasy Island. His last television appearance was on Diff'rent Strokes in 1984, three years before his death.[3][4]

In his later years, he danced in a Dr Pepper television commercial, and in 1985, he and Liza Minnelli, the daughter of his Oz co-star Judy Garland, starred in That's Dancing!, a film also written by Jack Haley, Jr., the son of Jack Haley, who portrayed the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz.[3]

Death and legacy

Bolger died of bladder cancer on January 15, 1987 in Los Angeles, five days after his 83rd birthday.[1] He was interred at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, CA in the Mausoleum, Crypt F2, Block 35.[5] He was survived by his wife of over 57 years, Gwendolyn Rickard. They had no children.[6]

At the time of his death, he was the last surviving main credited cast member of The Wizard of Oz.[7] At Judy Garland's funeral, Bolger was the only one of her Oz co-stars to be present. He joined Harold Arlen, the composer of "Over the Rainbow", and his wife Anya Taranda. They were reported as among the last remaining guests at the conclusion of the service.[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Glenn Fowler. "Ray Bolger, Scarecrow in 'Oz' Dies", The New York Times, January 16, 1987. Retrieved on June 5, 2008. 
  2. Where's Raymond?, The Ray Bolger Show. Retrieved on March 14, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 IMDb logo Ray Bolger at the Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
  4. Lucy E. Cross. About Ray Bolger. Retrieved on June 12, 2011.
  5. FindAGrave-icon Ray Bolger at Find a Grave Memorial
  6. Adelman, Gary (2008). Ray Bolger in The Wizard of Oz as the Scarecrow. Kansas Wizard of Oz 'N More. Retrieved on June 5, 2008.
  7. Masterworks Broadway – Ray Bolger, Lucy E. Cross
  8. Judy Garland's Funeral Draws Her Colleagues.

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