Known for movies
|Fact||Has been nominated for Broadway's Tony Award five times: four times as Best Choreographer: in 1965 for "Golden Boy," in 1974 for "Raisin," in 1975 for "Doctor Jazz" and in 1981, shared with 'Henry le Tan' and Michael Smuin, for "Sophisticated Ladies;" and as Best Director (Musical) in 1974 for "Raisin." He has yet to win.|
Donald McKayle is an American dancer, choreographer, and director. He was born in New York City on January 6, 1930, to parents who were both from the Caribbean. His father was from Trinidad and his mother from Jamaica. He has two sisters. McKayle was educated at the High School of Music & Art and the Juilliard School. He began his career as a dancer with the New York City Ballet in 1950.
He choreographed his first ballet, “The Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder,” in 1959. It was set to music by Duke Ellington and featured McKayle himself as the lead dancer. McKayle has choreographed more than 50 works for stage and screen. He has received two Tony Award nominations, for his choreography for the musicals “The Wiz” (1975) and “Sophisticated Ladies” (1981). He has also been nominated for three Emmy Awards, winning once for his work on the television special “Free to Be.
. . You and Me” (1974). McKayle’s work is known for its focus on the African-American experience. He has said that he wants his work to be “a mirror in which people can see themselves.
” McKayle has been married twice. His first wife was the dancer Joan Millen. They had two children together before divorcing in 1971. His second wife is the dancer Marjorie Tallchief. They have one child together.
McKayle is currently retired and living in California.
|Full Name||Donald McKayle|
|Profession||Actor, Theatre Director, Television Director, Dancer, Choreographer|
|Awards||Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Choreographer|
|Nominations||Tony Award for Best Choreography, Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography|
|1||Has been nominated for Broadway's Tony Award five times: four times as Best Choreographer: in 1965 for "Golden Boy," in 1974 for "Raisin," in 1975 for "Doctor Jazz" and in 1981, shared with 'Henry le Tan' and Michael Smuin, for "Sophisticated Ladies;" and as Best Director (Musical) in 1974 for "Raisin." He has yet to win.|
|Private Debts||1989||Short choreographer|
|The Jazz Singer||1980||choreographer - as Don McKayle|
|The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards||1979||TV Special choreographer|
|Cindy||1978||TV Movie choreographer|
|The Richard Pryor Special?||1977||TV Special choreographer|
|The 49th Annual Academy Awards||1977||TV Special choreographer|
|Minstrel Man||1977||TV Movie choreographer|
|Free to Be... You & Me||1974||TV Movie choreographer|
|The New Bill Cosby Show||1972||TV Series choreographer|
|Bedknobs and Broomsticks||1971||choreographer|
|The Great White Hope||1970||choreographer|
|Dick Van Dyke and the Other Woman||1969||TV Special choreography|
|TCB||1968||TV Movie choreographer|
|Soul||1968||TV Movie choreographer|
|Ten Blocks on the Camino Real||1966||TV Movie choreographer|
|Touched by an Angel||2000||TV Series||Wilbur|
|The Cosby Show||1985||TV Series||Ralph|
|...And Beautiful||1969||TV Movie||Leader - Dance Troupe|
|On the Sound||1962||Short||The boy|
|Good Times||1974||TV Series 3 episodes|
|The New Dance Group Gala Historical Concert: Retrospectives 1930s - 1970s||2008||Video||Himself|
|Great Performances: Dance in America||2001||TV Series||Himself|
|The Hollywood Palace||1969||TV Series||Himself|
|1977||Primetime Emmy||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Choreography||Minstrel Man (1977)|
Source: IMDb, Wikipedia