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Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson
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    (May 25, 1878-November 25, 1949)
    Birth name is Luther Robinson
    Best known for inventing the 'stair tap' routine
    One of the highest-paid black performers of his day
    Founder of the Negro Actors Guild of America (NAGA)
    Appeared in 'The Little Colonel (1935),' 'The Littlest Rebel (1935),' 'Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938)' and 'Stormy Weather (1948)'
    Performed on Broadway in 'Blackbirds of 1928'
    Subject of the Sammy Davis, Jr. song 'Mr. Bojangles'
    Birthday was officially named as National Tap Dancing Day (1938)
    He quit school at the age of seven.
    He married three times and divorced twice.
    He was a a gambling addict.
    In films, he was typecast as a butler or servant.
    He was a temporary mascot of the New York Giants.
    Both of his parents died when he was an infant.
    He is credited with his revolutionary art of tap dancing and making it more popular.
    He served in World War I as part of the 'Harlem Hellfighters' (369th Infantry Regiment).
    His dancing style influenced Fred Astaire.
    He set the world record in the backwards 75-yard dash (about 8 seconds).

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