Bill "Bojangles" Robinson - Rotten Tomatoes

Bill "Bojangles" Robinson

Highest Rated:   88% The Littlest Rebel (1935)
Lowest Rated:   88% The Littlest Rebel (1935)
Birthday:   Not Available
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The grandson of a slave, as a child Bill Robinson first performed on street corners for nickels and dimes. Developing into one of the world's foremost tap-dancers, he became a vaudeville star and later played such big theaters as the Roxy and the Palace; he also appeared in a number of major stage musicals. In the early '30s he broke into movies, usually playing the stereotypical happy-go-lucky blacks that populated Hollywood films. He became famous and popular for the four films in which he co-starred with Shirley Temple (1935-38). Well-liked by the black community, he was called "the Honorary Mayor of Harlem." He also coined the word "copacetic" and it soon came into general use. He was the subject of the hit Sammy Davis Jr. song "Mr. Bojangles." In 1989, Congress declared his birthday to be National Tap-Dancing Day.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Big Time Swing
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Swing Era: Count Basie
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Baby Laurence: Jazz Hoofer
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet At the Jazz Band Ball: Early Hot Jazz, Song and Dance
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Stormy Weather
  • Bill Williamson
1943
No Score Yet Just Around the Corner
  • Corporal Jones
1938
No Score Yet Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
  • Aloysius
1938
88% The Littlest Rebel
  • Uncle Billy
1935
No Score Yet The Big Broadcast of 1936
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet The Little Colonel
  • Walker the butler
1935
No Score Yet Great Jazz Bands of the 30's
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet Dixiana
  • Specialty Dancer
1930

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