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George Tapps Biography

  • Profession: Choreography, Actor
  • Born: Nov 6, 1911
  • Died: Nov 1, 1997
  • Birth Name: Mortimer Alfonse Becker

Dancer, choreographer, and occasional actor George "Georgie" Tapps spent the bulk of his career on-stage and in clubs, but he also occasionally worked in feature films. In performance Tapps was renowned for his interpretations of Ravel's "Bolero" and Chopin's "Prelude in A." As an actor, he appeared in the film [[Feature~V83712~Angel in My Pocket~angelinmypocket]] (1968) and as a dance director choreographed for [[Feature~V46146~Splendor in the Grass~splendorinthegrass]] (1961). Tapps was born Mortimer Alfonse Becker in Washington Heights, NY. He studied dance at Ned Wayburn's Dance Academy. He made his Broadway debut in 1927 and is best-remembered for his highly acclaimed performance in [[Performer~P13943~George M. Cohan~georgemcohan]]'s final Broadway musical, I'd Rather Be Right (1937). Tapps passed away on November 1, 1997, at the age of 85 in Burbank's St. Joseph Medical Center. The cause of death was undisclosed. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi


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