Bob Fosse

Director, Choreographer, Screenwriter
Arguably one of the most influential and visionary choreographers of the 20th century, Bob Fosse brought style and sexuality to the Broadway stage through his dances for such memorable musicals as "The Pajama Game" ... Read more »
Born: 06/23/1927 in Chicago, Illinois, USA


Actor (11)

Bob Fosse: Steam Heat 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


The 41st Annual Tony Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)


The American Film Institute Salute to Fred Astaire 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)


Thieves 1977 (Movie)

Junky (Actor)

The Little Prince 1973 (Movie)

Snake (Actor)

Damn Yankees 1958 (Movie)

Mambo Dancer (Actor)

My Sister Eileen 1955 (Movie)

Frank Lippencott (Actor)

Give a Girl a Break 1953 (Movie)

Bob Dowdy (Actor)

Kiss Me Kate 1953 (Movie)

Hortensio (Actor)

The Affairs of Dobie Gillis 1952 (Movie)

Charlie Trask (Actor)
Director (6)

Star 80 1983 (Movie)


All That Jazz 1979 (Movie)


Lenny 1974 (Movie)


Liza With a Z 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)


Cabaret 1972 (Movie)


Sweet Charity 1969 (Movie)

Writer (3)

Chicago 2002 (Movie)

(from musical play: "Chicago") (Source Material)

Star 80 1983 (Movie)


All That Jazz 1979 (Movie)

Music (1)

Damn Yankees 1958 (Movie)

("Who's Got the Pain") (Song Performer)
Other (9)

From Broadway: Fosse 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)


All That Jazz 1979 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

The Little Prince 1973 (Movie)

choreography(Snake in the Grass) (Choreographer)

Cabaret 1972 (Movie)

Dances and Musical Numbers Staged by (Choreographer)

Sweet Charity 1969 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 1967 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

The Pajama Game 1957 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

My Sister Eileen 1955 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

Pippin (Movie)

other (1)

Pippin (Movie)



Arguably one of the most influential and visionary choreographers of the 20th century, Bob Fosse brought style and sexuality to the Broadway stage through his dances for such memorable musicals as "The Pajama Game" (1954), "Damn Yankees" (1958), "Sweet Charity" (1969), "Pippin" (1972) and "Chicago" (1975), as well as his direction on such films as "Cabaret" (1972), "Lenny" (1974) and "All That Jazz" (1979). Fosse began his career as a dancer with aspirations of Hollywood stardom, but his slight stature and baldness put a halt to that dream. He headed for Broadway, where his steamy, jazz-influenced choreography and direction wowed audiences and earned numerous Tonys. In 1969, he made the leap to film directing, and won the Oscar for "Cabaret" before enjoying critical success with the Lenny Bruce biopic, "Lenny," and the autobiographical fantasy, "All That Jazz" (1979). A larger-than-life figure whose passion for his art was matched by his appetite for hard, fast-paced living, Fosse's drive and technique made him a legend in the theater world, which fell in love with him again through celebrations and revivals after his untimely death in 1987.


Cyril K Fosse


Sarah Fosse


Nicole Fosse Actor


Nicole Fosse

born 1963 mother Gwen Verdon performed in father's "Dancin'" (1978) consulted on the 1998 retrospective "Fosse: A Celebration in Song and Dance" has three children

Julie Hagerty Actor

had on-again, off-again relationship between 1977 and 1979

Jessica Lange Actor

Had on-again-off-again relationship beginning in 1975 Lange played the Angel of Death in Fosse's semi-autobiographical film "All That Jazz" (1979) No longer together

Joan McCracken

second wife married in 1953 divorced in 1954 died in 1961 met while both appeared in "Dance Me a Song" on Broadway (1949)

Mary Niles

first wife married in 1949 divorced in 1951 died in 1987, one week after Fosse's death

Ann Reinking Actor

together on and off from 1973 to 1979

Gwen Verdon Actor

Married on April 3, 1960 separated in 1971 never divorced and remained friends and collaborators Fosse collapsed in her arms in 1987, stricken with his third, and fatal heart attack


American Theatre Wing

New York , New York 1947 - 1948

Amundsen High School

Chicago , Illinois



"Fosse: A Celebration in Song and Dance", an ambitious retrospective co-conceived by Richard Maltby, Ann Reinking and Chet Walker (with Gwen Verdon as artistic advisor); show's title shortened to "Fosse" for its Broadway run


Collapsed on the street in Washington DC, dying within sight of the National Theatre where his dancers were dressing for a touring revival of "Sweet Charity"


Stage the popular revival of "Sweet Charity", featuring Debbie Allen, Bebe Neuwirth and Michael Rupert


Adapted musical book, "Big Deal", from the Italian film "Big Deal on Madonna Street"


Wrote and directed "Star 80", the story of Dorothy Statton's life and tragic murder; Fosse's last movie, he re-edited it for TV


Directed "All That Jazz", starring Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange and Ann Reinking; also wrote screenplay and choreographed; earned Oscar nominations as Best Director and for Best Original Screenplay


His dance spectacular "Dancin'" opened on Broadway, pointing the way to shows that could play easily to foreign business travelers, without the language barrier


"Chicago", conceived and directed by Fosse (with book by Fosse and lyricist Fred Ebb and music by John Kander), opened on Broadway, starring Verdon and Chita Rivera; the song "All That Jazz" would become the title of his autobiographical fantasy film; an


Co-choreographed and appeared as the Snake in the film musical "The Little Prince"


Helmed fine adaptation of Julian Berry's play "Lenny", a powerful biography of troubled nightclub comic Lenny Bruce; earned second Oscar nomination as Best Director


Won what showbiz folks refer to as the triple crown: the Oscar for directing "Cabaret" (1972); the Tony for directing "Pippin" (and another for choregraphing it), and the Emmy for directing (and two others, for choreographing and producing) the NBC variet


Film directing debut, "Sweet Charity", starring Shirley MacLaine


Had success on Broadway with the musical "Sweet Charity", with book by Neil Simon and starring Verdon


Only Fosse show to close before reaching Broadway, "Pleasures and Palaces", bombed at Detroit's Fisher Theatre


Returned to stage as a performer in City Center revival of "Pal Joey"


Directed "Little Me"; first collaboration with Neil Simon as book writer


Made Broadway musical directing debut with "Redhead", starring Gwen Verdon and Richard Kiley


Choreographed "New Girl in Town", a musical adaptation of "Anna Christie", starring third wife Gwen Verdon


First film as choreographer, "My Sister Eileen"; also acted


First Broadway play as choreographer, "The Pajama Game"; received first Tony Award


Choreographed onscreen dance for himself and Carol Haney in "From This Moment On" number in "Kiss Me Kate"


Signed MGM contract and appeared in "Give a Girl a Break", "The Affairs of Dobie Gillis" and "Kiss Me Kate"


Moved to Hollywood


Broadway debut in revue, "Dance Me a Song"; met future second wife Joan McCracken


Stage debut in chorus of national touring company of "Call Me Mister"


Moved to NYC

Danced in vaudeville and burlesque as an adolescent in his native Chicago

After WWII formed a dance act with first wife Mary Ann Niles

As a sailor during World War II, performed in variety shows put together by Joseph Papp