His parents were Maxwell, a machine-shop worker, and Maria Robinson, a choir singer.
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. One of the first blacks to act on Broadway, he also appeared in the first all-black motion picture called Harlem Is Heaven in which he played a mayor.
Grandson of a slave. Fred Astaire paid homage to him in the movie Swing Time by dancing one of his routines in a song called "Bojangles of Harlem" in black-face. Often credited white dancer James Barton as an influence in his dancing style.
A one-time honorary mayor of Harlem and mascot of the New York Giants baseball team. Both died while he was an infant. Second wife, Fanny Clay, was his business manager. Third wife, Elaine Plaines, was a dancer.
He was very dedicated to the people of Harlem and often donated his time and money to the people, in an era when it was much needed. The people of Harlem showed their appreciation, to someone they saw as a great gentleman, when they lined the streets in their thousands on the day of his funeral.
Having lived a generous and fun-loving lifestyle he died almost penniless and his funeral was paid for by a collection of his celebrity colleagues including Frank Sinatra.
Bojangles" covered by many other artists, including Sammy Davis Jr. Robinson did not drink, was never a down-and-outer and was always a fastidious dresser.
His dancing style was always close to the ground, never "leap. Widely credited with coining the adjective "copasetic," or at the very least popularizing the term. Portrayed by Gregory Hines in Bojangles Ina pair of his tap shoes were on display in the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institute.
Ed Sullivan quietly paid for his funeral because he thought he deserved a dignified burial.
Ebbets Field, April 15, Personal Quotes 1 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.Bill Robinson quit school at age seven and began work as a professional dancer the following year.
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Feb 18, · Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was an iconic African-American tap dancer and actor best known for his Broadway performances and film roles.
Synopsis Broadway legend Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was born Luther Robinson in Richmond, Virginia, on May 25, Born: May 25, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, who claimed he could run backward faster than most men could go forward, was the most famous of all African American tap dancers in the twentieth century.
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (May 25, – November 25, ) was an American tap dancer and actor, the best known and most highly paid African-American entertainer in the first half of the twentieth century.
His long career mirrored changes in American entertainment tastes and technology.
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