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Gower Champion (1921–1980)

Gower Champion was born on June 22, 1921 in Geneva, Illinois, USA as Gower Carlisle Champion. He was an actor and director, known for Show Boat (1951), Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) and My Six Loves (1963). He was married to Karla Most and Marge Champion. He died on August 25, 1980 in New York City, New York, USA. See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Known For

Show Boat
Show Boat Frank Schultz
(1951)
Till the Clouds Roll By
Till the Clouds Roll By Dance Specialty (segment "Roberta")
(1946)
My Six Loves
My Six Loves Director
(1963)

Filmography

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 1977 Sharon: Portrait of a Mistress (TV Movie)
Exercise Instructor (uncredited)
 1968 Star!
'Limehouse Blues' dance partner (uncredited)
 1960 The Bell Telephone Hour (TV Series)
- We Two (1960)
 1956-1957 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Thomas Birch / Mr. Death
- Mischief at Bandy Leg (1957) ... Thomas Birch
- The Rider on the Pale Horse (1956) ... Mr. Death
 1956 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Conroy Gregory
- What Day Is It? (1956) ... Conroy Gregory
 1956 Shower of Stars (TV Series)
- The Dancers (1956)
 1955 Front Row Center (TV Series)
 1955 Three for the Show
Vernon Lowndes
 1955 Jupiter's Darling
Varius
 1954 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Cameo
- Deadeye at the Golden Nugget (1954) ... Cameo
 1953 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Tim
- A Bouquet for Millie (1953) ... Tim
 1953 Give a Girl a Break
Ted Sturgis
 1952 Everything I Have Is Yours
Chuck Hubbard
 1952 Lovely to Look At
Jerry Ralby
 1950 Mr. Music
Gower Champion
 1948 Words and Music
Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
 1946 Till the Clouds Roll By
Dance Specialty (segment "Roberta")
 1945 Rhapsody in Blue
Tap Dancer at Remick's (uncredited)
 1939 Projection Room (Short)
Gower - Gower & Jeanne (uncredited)
Show Show Director (13 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (8 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (9 credits)
Show Show Producer (2 credits)
Show Show Music department (1 credit)
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Show Show Self (30 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Directed / choreographed "Mack and Mabel" on Broadway. NOTE: Champion was nominated for a Tony award for Best Director (Musical) and another for Best Choreographer. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 5 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Gower

Height:

5' 10½" (1.79 m)
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Out of an unprecedented 15 nominations, he won eight Tony Awards, more than any other director and/or choreographer (one more win than Bob Fosse). His wins: as Best Choreographer, in 1949 for "Lend an Ear;" and in 1981 for "42nd Street;" and as Best Director (Musical) and Best Choreographer, in 1961 for "Bye, Bye Birdie;" in 1964 for "Hello, Dolly!;" and in 1968 for "The Happy Time." He had seven... See more »

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Cancer

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