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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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 1943 Stormy Weather
Bill Williamson
 1938 Road Demon
Zephyr
 1938 Up the River
Memphis Jones
 1938 Just Around the Corner
Corporal Jones
 1938 Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Aloysius
 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
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 1935 Hooray for Love
Bill Robinson
 1935 The Little Colonel
Walker
 1934 King for a Day (Short)
Bill Green
 1932 Harlem Is Heaven
Bill
 1930 Dixiana
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Other Works:

Danced two numbers -- a solo and a duet -- for Café Metropole (1937). The scenes were not included in the film, but they are included in "deleted scenes" on Disc One of a 2008 Fox DVD collection, "Tyrone Power Matinee Idol." 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.

Trivia:

At one point in his career he made $6,500 a week in vaudeville billed as the "World's Greatest Tap Dancer" and headlined New York's Palace Theater, which was the top vaudeville house at the time. See more »

Trademark:

Used wooden taps on his shoes

Nickname:

Bojangles

Star Sign:

Gemini

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