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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 »


(age 71) in New York, USA

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 1943 Stormy Weather
Bill Williamson
 1938 Road Demon
 1938 Up the River
Memphis Jones
 1938 Just Around the Corner
Corporal Jones
 1938 Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
 1937 One Mile from Heaven
Officer Joe Dudley
 1936 Captain January
Uncle Billy (uncredited)
 1935 The Littlest Rebel
Uncle Billy
 1935 In Old Kentucky
Wash Jackson
 1935 The Big Broadcast of 1936
 1935 Hooray for Love
Bill Robinson
 1935 The Little Colonel
 1934 King for a Day (Short)
Bill Green
 1932 Harlem Is Heaven
 1930 Dixiana
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He played Mikado in the musical, "Hot Mikado," at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio with Maurice Cooper; James A. Lillard; Freddie Robinson; Maurice Ellis; Alice Harris; Rosetta LeNoire; Pearlie Harrison; John Jackson; Rose Brown and Larry Seymour in the cast. William S. Gilbert wrote the book and lyrics. Arthur Sullivan ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

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.


The 1932 all-black movie titled Harlem Is Heaven (1932) was supposedly based on Robinson's life. See more »


Used wooden taps on his shoes



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