Victor Borge

  1. Richard Hayden, The Sound of  Music, 1964.  Fred Astaire was asked to be Captain Von Trapp’s pal, Max Detweiler. So were the impeccable Danish pianist-comic Victor Borge and The Master, aka Noël Coward and Hal Holbrook.  Fox got worried when numerous directors walked (well, Gene Kelly danced). William Wyler signed on  but proved too deaf for a musical. Robert Wise changed his mind and had the biggest triumph of his career with his second musical about a girl named Maria.  Critic Pauline Kael famously tried to bury “the sugar-coated lie that people seem to want to eat” but it saved Fox from the near bankruptcy  of the Cleopatra debacle. Borge made seven films, four being  Danish; he played himself for Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy, in 1981.

 Birth year: 1909Death year: 2000Other name: Casting Calls:  0