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Date of Birth 27 April 1911New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
Date of Death 17 February 1974Hollywood, California, USA
Birth NameJohn Ewing Richter

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Jack Cole was born on April 27, 1911 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA as John Ewing Richter. He is known for his work on Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Let's Make Love (1960) and River of No Return (1954). He died on February 17, 1974 in Hollywood, California, USA.

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Was nominated for Broadway's 1966 Tony Award as Best Choreographer for "Man of La Mancha."
At the time of his death, he taught dance at the University of California, Los Angeles.
He was blind in one eye.
He formed a de facto ballet school on the Columbia lot in 1944. Among the dancers he trained, were Gwen Verdon, Matt Mattox, and Carol Haney. Other members of the Jack Cole Dancers were Nita Bieber, Gloria Patrice, and Ruth Godfrey.
Influential American dancer and choreographer, educated at Columbia University. Trained as a dancer at the Denishawn School. Performed successfully on Broadway in the 1930's, and, fronting his own troupe of dancers, enjoyed a lengthy tenure at the Manhattan Rainbow Room. Cole was noted for introducing an individualistic style, a fusion of Indian dance and American jazz.

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