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Matt Mattox

Performer, Choreographer
( b. Aug 18, 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - d. Feb 18, 2013 Perpignan, FRANCE ) Male
Relations: Husband of Jean Mattox (divorced)
Mattox was a dancer, choreographer and teacher who helped shape contemporary jazz dance in the United States and Europe.

Mr. Mattox, who had made his home in France for many years, had a prominent career dancing in films and on Broadway in the 1940s and afterward. Though he was not as well known as some of the celebrated Hollywood dancers of his era, he was by all accounts every bit their peer.

As a dancer, Mr. Mattox was celebrated for his "ballpoint ease, pinpoint precision, and catlike agility," as Dance magazine wrote in 2007. He was perhaps best known to moviegoers as the young, bearded Caleb Pontipee, one of the marriageable frontiersmen at the heart of the 1954 film "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers."

On Broadway, Mr. Mattox danced in Once Upon a Mattress (1959), in which he created the role of the Jester; and in the 1957 revival of Brigadoon, in which he played Harry Beaton.

Combining his own extensive training in ballet with tap dance, modern dance and folkloric dance traditions from around the world, he created a new, fluidly integrated art form he liked to call "freestyle dance."

Source: The New York Times 

ProductionsDate of Productions
What Makes Sammy Run?
[Musical, Original]
  • Musical Staging by Matt Mattox
Feb 27, 1964 - Jun 12, 1965
[Musical, Original]
  • Choreographed by Matt Mattox
Oct 17, 1963 - Dec 28, 1963
Once Upon a Mattress
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Also Starring: Matt Mattox [Jester]
May 11, 1959 - Jul 02, 1960
Say, Darling
[Play, Comedy, Play with music, Original]
  • Performer: Matt Mattox [Boris Reshevsky]
  • Dances by Matt Mattox
Apr 03, 1958 - Jan 17, 1959
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Also Starring: Matt Mattox [Harry Beaton]
Apr 09, 1957 - May 05, 1957
The Vamp
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Also Starring: Matt Mattox [Charlie]
Nov 10, 1955 - Dec 31, 1955
Carnival in Flanders
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Matt Mattox [Courier]
Sep 08, 1953 - Sep 12, 1953
[Musical, Original]
  • Performer: Matt Mattox [Dancer]
  • Dance Captain: Matt Mattox
Sep 20, 1948 - Dec 04, 1948
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