Jack Cole

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Birthday
27, 1911
Birthplace
New Jersey
Death Date
Feb 17, 1974 (62)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
27, 1911
Birthplace
New Jersey
Death Date
Feb 17, 1974 (62)

About

Remembered as a pioneer in the theatrical jazz dance genre, Cole choreographed Broadway musicals such as Kismet, Man of La Mancha, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and films such as Three for the Show, There's No Business Like Show Business, and Moon Over Miami.

Before Fame

He began his career at the Los Angeles-based Denishawn Dance Company and went on to perform in the 1933 Broadway production of The Dream of Sganarelle and to make his Broadway debut as a choreographer in the 1943 production of Something for the Boys.

Trivia

His choreographic style influenced the work of Bob Fosse, Alvin Ailey, Jerome Robbins, and many other renowned dancers and choreographers.

Family Life

Born John Ewing Richter, he spent his earliest days in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and was later disowned by his parents and sent to boarding school.

Associated With

He choreographed the famous "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" number for the Marilyn Monroe feature Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.