Harry Ruby

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Date of Birth January 27, 1895
Place of Birth New York
Date of Death Feb 23, 1974 (79)
Horoscope Aquarius

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Harry Ruby

Harry Rubenstein, known professionally as Harry Ruby, was an American composer and screenwriter, who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970. He was married to silent film actress Eileen Percy.

Born: Harry Rubinstein, January 27, 1895, New York City, U.S.
Died: February 23, 1974, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
Occupation: composer, screenwriter
Spouse(s): Chloe Carter (divorced 1934), Eileen Percy (m.1936–1973, her death)
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About Harry Ruby

Best known for collaborating with Bert Kalmar on Three Little Words, A Kiss to Build a Dream On, and numerous other songs.

Before Fame

He performed in vaudeville as a pianist. He always wanted to become a professional baseball player.


He and Kalmar composed music together for close to 30 years. Their partnership was dramatized in the 1950 film Three Little Words in which he was played by Red Skelton and Kalmar by Fred Astaire.

Family Life

He married Eileen Percy in 1936.


He was best friends with Groucho Marx and wrote several songs for him.

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