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Bill Bailey (III) (1912–1978)

Bill Bailey was born on December 8, 1912 in Newport News, Virginia, USA. He was married to Pernell. He died on December 12, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. See full bio »

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Show Time at the Apollo Himself - Tap Dancer


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 1955 Rhythm and Blues Revue (Documentary) (performer: "Waiting for the Sunrise")
 1955 Show Time at the Apollo (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Harlem Variety Revue ... (performer: "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise")
 1943 Cabin in the Sky (performer: "Taking a Chance on Love" (1940) - uncredited)
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 1943 Cabin in the Sky
Bill (as dancer Taking A Chance On Love)
 1936 Going Native (Short)
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 1971 This Is Your Life (TV Series)
- Pearl Bailey (1971) ... Himself
 1955 Beale Street Revue
 1955 Rhythm and Blues Revue (Documentary)
 1955 Show Time at the Apollo (TV Series)
Himself - Tap Dancer
- Variety Time ... Himself - Tap Dancer
- Rhythm in Harlem ... Himself - Tap Dancer
- Harlem Variety Revue ... Himself - Tap Dancer
- Beale Street Revue ... Himself - Tap Dancer
 1952-1955 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
- Episode #8.23 (1955) ... Himself
- Episode #6.6 (1952) ... Himself

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dancer Taking A Chance On Love

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Generally considered the inventor of the "moonwalk" dance step, as seen in _Cabin in the Sky (1943)_ starring Ethel Waters, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson and Lena Horne. See more »

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