Hermes Pan

Highest Rated: 90% Kiss Me Kate (1953)
Lowest Rated: 33% Pin-Up Girl (1944)
Birthday: Not Available
Birthplace: Not Available
His given name was Pangiotopolous, but the Nashville-born dancer/choreographer adopted the mythological cognomen of Hermes Pan when he became a professional chorus boy. Among Pan's earliest Broadway appearances was in the Marx Bros. vehicle Animal Crackers in 1928. From 1933 onward, Pan worked most often in collaboration with Fred Astaire, plotting out the dance routines of the wonderful RKO Astaire/Rogers films. The working method seldom varied: Pan, who resembled Astaire, would map out Astaire's numbers while Astaire watched. Then he would assume Ginger Rogers' part when the dance duets were choreographed -- meaning that Pan had to be just as quick on his feet backwards as forwards. Oddly, Pan's first Academy Award was for Damsel in Distress, in which Astaire appeared without Ginger. Pan appeared onscreen as Betty Grable's partner in Moon Over Miami (1942), and was later paired with Rita Hayworth in My Gal Sal (1942); in both instances, Pan was exclusively a dancer, with nary a line of dialogue nor a character name. He finally did get to act in A Life of Her Own, a 1948 MGM musical drama starring Cyd Charisse. Pan continued his association with Fred Astaire into the television era, accruing an Emmy for the unforgettable 1958 special An Evening With Fred Astaire. In 1970, advertiser/satirist Stan Freberg hired Pan to choreograph a Busby Berkeley takeoff for his legendary "Great American Soups" commercial starring Ann Miller. Long after his retirement, Hermes Pan continued to be honored by a grateful industry: he received the National Film Award in 1980 and a special trophy from the Joffrey ballet in 1986.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey Himself 1984
78% Pal Joey Choreographer 1957
90% Kiss Me Kate Specialty Sailor Dance 1953
No Score Yet A Life of Her Own Lily's Dance Partner 1950
33% Pin-Up Girl Apache Dancer 1944
No Score Yet My Gal Sal Specialty Dancer 1942
No Score Yet Footlight Serenade Assistant dance director 1942
No Score Yet Moon Over Miami Specialty dancer 1941
No Score Yet Second Chorus College Clarinetist College Clarinetist (uncredited) 1940


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