He was suppose to co-star with Bing Crosby in the film classic White Christmas but was sidelined with pneumonia (which he had caught from his animal co-star in another film) and replaced by Danny Kaye.
Judy Garland was one of his best friends.
He was inducted into the International Tap Dance Hall of Fame in 2004.
He has three middle names: David Dixon Ronald.
He began performing in movies when he was 12.
His stint hosting the Oscars earned him two Emmy nominations.
After his death, he was reported to have expressed tongue-in-cheek thanks to the Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement that he expected to receive at a "future date".