Director and choreographer Robert Louis “Bob” Fosse was born on June 23rd, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois. He was the youngest of six children born to an Irish mother and a Norwegian father.
Dancing from a young age, Fosse eventually teamed up with another young dancer by the name of Charles Grass. They began collaborating under a joint name, The Riff Brothers, and performed in a number of theaters around Chicago.
Before long Fosse was noted for his talents and was hired for a show called Tough Situation. Slightly larger than his Riff Brothers act, Tough Situation toured a number of military and naval bases abroad in the Pacific, which essentially served as his tour of duty for his nation. Fosse commented later that he perfected his techniques as performer, choreographer and director while on this tour.
After Tough Situation ended Fosse moved to Hollywood, looking to be the next Fred Astaire (a fellow dancer and choreographer). He achieved success relatively quickly… read more