He was a Broadway, movie and TV veteran. He was also a musician/recording star. He went to Hollywood to recreate his role in the 1940 film version of a hit Broadway musical comedy. That's where he met the RKO star who would become his wife and co-star.
Another actor who did movies and television also had legendary work to his credit. He never received a lifetime achievement honor either. Millions of us around the world didn't see him doing his brilliant work most of the time. He shared screen time with Betty Garrett in the 1949 MGM musical comedy, Neptune's Daughter.