( b. Jan 24, 1920 Van Nuys, California, USA - d. Nov 2, 2014 Englewood, New Jersey, USA ) Male
Donald Saddler was a dancer and choreographer whose stage and film credits stretched back to the 1930s, and who remained active into the 21st century.
Saddler began studying dance as a youth in order to bounce back physically from an attack of scarlet fever. He never stopped. "I was a little like Billy Elliot," he told the New York Times decades later. "I only knew who I was when I was dancing."
As a teenager, he hoofed it in the chorus of various 1930s movie musicals, including "The Great Ziegfeld," "Rosalie," "Broadway Melody of 1938," "Babes in Arms" and "The Wizard of Oz."
He made his Broadway debut in 1941 as a performer with The Ballet Theatre. Following service in the entertainment division during World War II, he returned to Broadway with the troupe in 1946, executing the steps of Jerome Robbins in Fancy Free, the dance predecessor of On the Town.
With Robbins, Mr. Saddler found a mentor. The famed choreographer used him as a replacement performer in the musical High Button Shoes, in which he danced a tango with Helen Gallagher. He moved up to Robbins' assistant for the 1950 Ethel Merman vehicle Call Me Madam.
By the early '60s, Mr. Saddler no longer needed help, and showed a special affinity for the dancing styles of the early years of Broadway.
Mr. Saddler was nominated for a Tony Award for Wonderful Town; No, No, Nanette,; a 1973 production of Much Ado About Nothing; and On Your Toes. He won Tonys for the first two. He was nominated for Drama Desk Awards for the 1975 musical Good News and The Robber Bridegroom.