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Paul Draper (I) (1909–1996)


American tap dancer who was an international star in the 1930's and 1940's. His forte was to tap-dance to any kind of music - jazz, samba, Classical, Baroque - and to adapt his every movement to the character of the music at hand. His career effectively succumbed to the anti- Communist hysteria that existed in the U.S. after World War II, when he ... See full bio »

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Known For

Colleen
Colleen Paul Gordon
(1936)
Six Hits and a Miss
(1942)
The Time of Your Life
The Time of Your Life Harry (the natural-born tap dancing comedian)
(1948)
Fireside Theatre
(1949)

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 1949 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
 1948 The Time of Your Life
Harry (the natural-born tap dancing comedian)
 1936 Colleen
Paul Gordon
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 1942 Six Hits and a Miss (Short) (performer: "You Gotta Know How to Dance")
 1936 Colleen (performer: "I Don't Have to Dream Again" (1936), "You Gotta Know How to Dance" (1936) - uncredited)
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 1936 Colleen (original dances created by)
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 1942 Six Hits and a Miss (Short) (acknowledgment)
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 1968 Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (TV Series)
Himself
- 49 (1968) ... Himself
 1962 Camera Three (TV Series)
Himself - Dancer
- Episode dated 25 November 1962 (1962) ... Himself - Dancer
 1950 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
Himself
- Episode #3.19 (1950) ... Himself
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 1942 Six Hits and a Miss (Short)
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Trivia:

Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 168-169. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Nickname:

The Aristocrat of Tap

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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