Hal LeRoy

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b. 10 December 1913, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, d. 2 May 1985, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA. A strikingly gifted dancer, LeRoy was still in his early teens when he appeared in Hoboken Heroes (1928), at the…
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b. 10 December 1913, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, d. 2 May 1985, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA. A strikingly gifted dancer, LeRoy was still in his early teens when he appeared in Hoboken Heroes (1928), at the Lyric Theater, Hoboken, New Jersey. In 1931 he moved the few miles to Broadway and considerable acclaim first in the undistinguished The Gang’s All Here, in which he partnered Eunice Healy, then in the Ziegfeld Follies Of 1931, partnering Mitzi Mayfair. With Healy he was in Thumbs Up (1935) and partnering Mildred Law was in Too Many Girls (1939), with songs by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Also in the cast were Marcy Wescott, Desi Arnaz, Eddie Bracken and Richard Kollmar. LeRoy also appeared in the following year’s film version of this show.

During the early 30s LeRoy made a number of short films spotlighting his energetic eccentric dance routines and he also appeared in a few feature films. Meanwhile, LeRoy appeared in many stage shows and musical spectaculars, mainly in east coast cities, and also appeared in vaudeville. In the 50s and 60s he did some television work, including Rio Rita (1950), an episode of Musical Comedy Time, several episodes of The Ed Sullivan Show (1952-54) and The Dean Martin Show (1966). He also appeared in a 1956 revival of Show Boat at the Marine Stadium, Jones Beach, New York. LeRoy also tried his hand at directing, staging the off-Broadway show Summer’s Here (1966).