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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 »

Died:

(age 71) in New York, USA

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Known For

Stormy Weather
Stormy Weather Bill Williamson
(1943)
The Littlest Rebel
The Littlest Rebel Uncle Billy
(1935)
King for a Day
King for a Day Bill Green
(1934)

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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
Specialty
 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:

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 »

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson
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Did You Know?

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:

A native of Richmond, Virginia, Robinson once paid to have a traffic light installed at the corner of Adams and West Leigh Streets, so that the local children could cross the street safely on their way to school. In appreciation, the City of Richmond presented him with an engraved key to the City. Today, a statue of Robinson stands at the corner of Adams and West Leigh Streets. See more »

Trademark:

Used wooden taps on his shoes

Nickname:

Bojangles

Star Sign:

Gemini

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