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Also Known As: Died: August 20, 1961
Born: March 4, 1905 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, dancer

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Dancer and choreographer Gregg Burge heard his calling at a young age after seeing Sammy Davis Jr. perform on "The Ed Sullivan Show." At seven, after four years of trying, Burge finally convinced his parents to enroll him in tap class in his hometown of Merrick, NY. By the age of ten he was performing in commercials and within three years was sharing a stage with tap legends like Chuck Green, Mabel Lee and Rhythm Red in the off-Broadway musical "Bojangles." As instrumental as his formal training in dance at the High School of the Performing Arts and Juilliard, cast alongside such veterans allowed him to learn dance improvisation, rather than just steps. Burge's Broadway debut soon followed in "The Wiz," where he went from understudy to playing the role of the Scarecrow. The dancer was also featured in the Broadway musicals "Sophisticated Ladies" (1981), "Song and Dance" (1985) and "Oh, Kay!" (1990), the latter two performances earning him Fred Astaire Awards. Although he was passed over for a part in "Fame" (1980) for being too polished a dancer and his dance number in 1984's "The Cotton Club" didn't make the final cut, Burge continued to work towards a film career, appearing in Spike Lee's 1988...

Dancer and choreographer Gregg Burge heard his calling at a young age after seeing Sammy Davis Jr. perform on "The Ed Sullivan Show." At seven, after four years of trying, Burge finally convinced his parents to enroll him in tap class in his hometown of Merrick, NY. By the age of ten he was performing in commercials and within three years was sharing a stage with tap legends like Chuck Green, Mabel Lee and Rhythm Red in the off-Broadway musical "Bojangles." As instrumental as his formal training in dance at the High School of the Performing Arts and Juilliard, cast alongside such veterans allowed him to learn dance improvisation, rather than just steps. Burge's Broadway debut soon followed in "The Wiz," where he went from understudy to playing the role of the Scarecrow. The dancer was also featured in the Broadway musicals "Sophisticated Ladies" (1981), "Song and Dance" (1985) and "Oh, Kay!" (1990), the latter two performances earning him Fred Astaire Awards. Although he was passed over for a part in "Fame" (1980) for being too polished a dancer and his dance number in 1984's "The Cotton Club" didn't make the final cut, Burge continued to work towards a film career, appearing in Spike Lee's 1988 musical "School Daze" as a Gamma Ray named Virgil Cloyd. While he played Richie Walters in the 1985 film version of "A Chorus Line," Burge stated "God did not put me on this earth to be a member of the chorus." He separated himself from the pack with his successful choreography, working on prestigious projects such as the closing ceremonies of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games and the acclaimed 1987 music video for the Michael Jackson song "Bad." Burge's television work included appearances on the lively children's program "The Electric Company" (PBS) and in the 1993 PBS eight-part special "Dancing." One of his last roles was as dancer Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson in 1996's "Soul of the Game," an HBO telefilm about the integration of baseball in the 1940s. The multi-talented performer's career met an untimely end in 1998 when he died at the age of 40.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Girls in Chains (1943) Mrs. Peters
2.
 Man of Courage (1943) Sally Dickson
3.
 The West Side Kid (1943) Toodles
4.
 Lady for a Night (1942) Flo
5.
 The Lone Star Ranger (1942) Trixie
6.
 Cadet Girl (1941)
7.
 The Lady in Question (1940) Antoinette
8.
 I Want a Divorce (1940) "Peppy" Gilman
9.
 Village Tale (1935) Lulu Stevenson
10.
 Manhattan Butterfly (1935) Another singer
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