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Bill Robinson (I) (1878–1949)


Bill Robinson quit school at age seven and began work as a professional dancer the following year. Bojangles (the name referred to his happy-go-lucky ebullience) starred in vaudeville, musical stage and movies. He invented the stair tap routine and was considered one of the world's greatest tap dancers. His film debut was in Dixiana (1930). He ... See full bio »

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(age 71) in New York, USA

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 2008 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1920s: The Dawn of the Hollywood Musical (Video documentary) (performer: "Mr. and Mrs. Sippi" - uncredited)
 1985 That's Dancing! (Documentary) (performer: "Organ Grinder's Swing", "The Old Folks at Home", "Smiles")
 1943 Stormy Weather ("There's No Two Ways About Love" (1943), uncredited) / (lyrics: "Rang Tang Tang" - uncredited) / (performer: "Rang Tang Tang", "At a Georgia Camp Meeting" (1897), "De Camptown Races" (1849), "Linda Brown" (1937), "African Dance" (1939), "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" (1928), "My, My, Ain't That Somethin'" (1933) - uncredited)
 1942 Let's Scuffle (Short) (performer: "Let's Scuffle")
 1938 Just Around the Corner (performer: "This Is a Happy Little Ditty" (1938), "Brass Buttons and Epaulettes" (1938), "I Love to Walk in the Rain" (1938) - uncredited)
 1938 Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (performer: "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers")
 1935 The Littlest Rebel (music: "She and I" (1936) - uncredited) / (performer: "Polly Wolly Doodle" (1880), "Turkey In The Straw" - uncredited)
 1935 The Big Broadcast of 1936 (performer: "Miss Brown To You")
 1935 Hooray for Love (performer: "I'm Livin' in a Great Big Way" (1935) - uncredited)
 1935 The Little Colonel (performer: "My Old Kentucky Home" (1853) - uncredited)
 1934 King for a Day (Short) (performer: "Old Folks at Home", "Old Black Joe", "Bill Robinson's Stomp", "Love's Old Sweet Song (Just a Song at Twilight)", "Smiles", "Harlem Honeymoon" - uncredited)
 1930 Dixiana (performer: "Mr. and Mrs. Sippi" (1930) - uncredited)
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Blackbirds of 1928 (1928). Musical revue. Music by Jimmy McHugh. Lyrics by Dorothy Fields. Directed by Lew Leslie. Liberty Theatre: 9 May 1928= Apr 1929 (closing date unknown/518 performances). Cast: Baby Banks, George Cooper, Billie Cortez, Adelaide Hall, Marjorie Hubbard, Crawford Jackson, Ruth Johnson, Harry Lucas, Blue ... See more »

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2 Biographical Movies | 3 Print Biographies | 5 Portrayals | 3 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson
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Personal Quote:

What success I achieved in the theater is due to the fact that I have always worked just as hard when there were ten people in the house as when there were thousands. Just as hard in Springfield, Illinois, as on Broadway.

Trivia:

Though it borrowed his name, Jerry Jeff Walker's 1968 song "Mr. Bojangles" (covered by many other artists, including Sammy Davis Jr. in 1972) was about a fantasy character who had little in common with Robinson. Robinson did not drink, was never a down-and-outer and was always a fastidious dresser. His dancing style was always close to the ground, never "leap . . . and lightly touch down.". See more »

Trademark:

Used wooden taps on his shoes

Nickname:

Bojangles

Star Sign:

Gemini

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