Longtime dance instructor Fred Kelly, three-time Tony award winner and brother of legendary dancer-movie star Gene Kelly, died March 15 of cancer in Tucson, Ariz. He was 83.
The youngest of five children, he was born and reared in Pittsburgh. Following graduation from the U. of Pittsburgh, Kelly moved to New York where he danced on Broadway (replacing brother Gene) in “The Time of Your Life.”
His success in that show led to three Tony Awards and a subsequent appearance in Irving Berlin’s “This Is the Army” during World War II. He served in the armed forces for the duration of the war.
After the war, he became an educator, teaching dance and sociology at Princeton, Pace U. in New York and Kings College at Cambridge. He also operated a dance studio in New Jersey, and retired in 1985.
Brothers Gene and Fred danced together in the 1955 film “Deep in My Heart,” in a number that Fred choreographed called “I Love to Go Swimmin’ with Women.”
Kelly is survived by a son, a daughter, two sisters and eight grandchildren.