Lee Dixon (actor)

Lee Dixon (January 22, 1910 – January 8, 1953) was a tap dancer, singer, musician and actor in the 1930s and 1940s.[1] He appeared in Hollywood musicals and other films as well as on the Broadway stage.

Lee Dixon
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Lee Dixon sings and plays the concertina between scenes of the comedic musical Ready, Willing and Able
Born(1910-01-22)January 22, 1910
Brooklyn, New York, United States
DiedJanuary 8, 1953(1953-01-08) (aged 42)
OccupationStage & vaudeville actor
Years active1932–1947

CareerEdit

Dixon is best remembered for creating the role of Will Parker in the original Broadway production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! In the summer of 1942, Dixon created the role of the Scarecrow, at The Municipal Opera Association of St. Louis, in the first stage production of The Wizard of Oz to use the songs from the 1939 MGM film. Evelyn Wyckoff played Dorothy Gale, Donald Burr played the Tin Man, Edmund Dorsey played the Cowardly Lion, Helen Raymond played the Wicked Witch of the West, Patricia Bowman played the Sorceress of the North, aka Glinda, and John Cherry played the Wizard of Oz.

DeathEdit

Dixon died of alcoholism on January 8, 1953, in New York City, fourteen days before his forty-third birthday.

FilmographyEdit

BroadwayEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tyler, Don (March 19, 2007). Hit Songs, 1900-1955: American Popular Music of the Pre-Rock Era. McFarland. ISBN 9780786429462 – via Google Books.

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