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Bob Fosse

Robert Bob Fosse (June 23, 1927 - September 23, 1987) is known as one of musical theater's greatest choreographers and directors. He was born in Chicago, Illinois.

He began his career as a dancer, appearing in such films as Give A Girl A Break and Kiss Me, Kate, both published in 1953. One year later he worked as a choreographer in his first two Broadway shows, The Pajama Game (1954) and Damn Yankees (1955). He also choreographed some other shows:

  • New Girl in Town (1957)
  • Redhead (1959)
  • How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1960)
  • Chicago (1975)
  • Dancin (1977)
and some films:
  • Sweet Charity (1966)
  • Pippin (1972)
  • Cabaret (1973)
  • Lenny (1974)
  • The Little Prince (1974)
  • All That Jazz (1979)
  • Star 80 (1983)
In 1986 he directed and choreographed the Broadway production Big Deal, which he also wrote.

Fosse earned many awards for his works. Among them were a Tony Award for Pippin, the Academy Award for Directing for Cabaret and an Emmy Award for Liza with a Z. He was the first person to win these three most important awards in the same year.

Bob Fosse was married to the dancer Gwen Verdon, having one daughter, Nicole Fosse, who is also a dancer like her parents.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Bob Fosse Facts

Birth NameRobert Louis Fosse
BirthdayJune 23, 1927
BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA
Date of deathSeptember 23, 1987 (age 60)
Height5' 8" (1m73)  How tall is Bob Fosse compared to you?
Awards1973 Academy Awards: Best Director (for Cabaret)

Selected Filmography

Not available.