One of the most celebrated dancers to ever grace the big screen, Gene Kelly was instrumental in showing American audiences that dance could be both graceful and athletic. The legendary singer/actor/hoofer/choreographer is best known for the title song and dance routine from 1952's 'Singin' in the Rain,' but Kelly made an indelible mark in many other movie musicals, mainly during the 1940s and '50s. He also acted in non-musical films and television shows, and directed several movies (including 'A Guide for the Married Man' and 'Hello Dolly') and TV specials, but his incredible dancing understandably overshadowed the rest of his career.
Today would have been his 98th birthday -- he passed away in 1996 -- so we're taking the opportunity to remember him fondly and with a little awe. It's fair to say that nobody moved like Gene and no one ever will. (There's very good reason contemporary performers like Usher continue to pay tribute.) Here's why we love(d) him: