Obituaries

> Kathryn Murray, 1999/08/06

> Juliet Prowse, 1996/09/15

> Fred Kelly, 2000/03/17

v Harold Nicholas, 2000/04/07

Harold Nicholas, the younger member of the flashy tap-dancing duo The Nicholas Brothers, died Monday. He was 79.

Harold and brother Fayard Nicholas, began their careers as children, performing in vaudeville, on Broadway, in nightclubs, on television and in movie musicals.

Harold appeared in more than 50 movies, including "The Big Broadcast of 1936'' (1935), "Down Argentine Way'' (1940), "Tin Pan Alley'' (1940) and "Sun Valley Serenade'' (1941).

Fred Astaire told the brothers that their dazzling footwork, leaps and splits in the "Jumpin' Jive'' dance in "Stormy Weather'' (1943) produced the greatest movie musical number he had ever seen. In the number, the brothers dance on drums and leap over orchestra musicians.

The Nicholas Brothers' Hollywood career began after movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn spotted them in a nightclub and cast them in "Kid Millions'' (1934).

The two became big film stars despite racial restrictions at the time prohibiting speaking parts and scenes with white co-stars. Their last film together was 1948's "The Pirate,'' in which Gene Kelly danced with them, breaking the color barrier.

Harold more recently appeared in "The Five Heartbeats'' in 1991.

> Michael Houseman 2000/02/25


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