Actor Grover Dale

Grover Dale (born July 22, 1935) is an American actor, dancer, choreographer, theater director, and publisher.

Early life

Dale was born Grover Robert Aitken in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to Emma Bertha (Ammon) and Ronal Rittenhouse Aitken, a restaurateur. He studied dance with Lillian Jasper in McKeesport from 1945 to 1952, before getting his first professional job in with the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera in 1953.


Dale’s Broadway stage debut was in the 1956 musical Li’l Abner as a dancer. He appeared in the original cast of West Side Story as Snowboy, a member of the Jets gang. Other stage credits include the role of Andrew in Greenwillow, in which he also understudied Anthony Perkins as Gideon Briggs; Noël Coward’s Sail Away, where he had the juvenile lead role of architect Barnaby Slade; and in Half a Sixpence, where he played Pearce, one of a quartet of 19th century London shop apprentices around whom the show is structured.[citation needed]

He made his film debut in The Unsinkable Molly Brown (as Jam). He also appeared in Half a Sixpence (Pearce), The Young Girls of Rochefort (Bill), and The Landlord (Oscar).[citation needed]

Dale was nominated for the Tony Award twice, for his choreography of Billy, a musical version of the Herman Melville novella, Billy Budd, and his direction of The Magic Show. As co-director of Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, he shared Best Director Tony Award with the famed director-choreographer Jerome Robbins. He also received an Emmy Award nomination for his choreography of Barry Manilow’s 1985 television musical Copacabana. In 1992 he became publisher/editor of Dance & Fitness magazine. In 1999 Dale founded the website,, whose stated goal is “to empower dancers and choreographers to think, to grow, and to create satisfying careers for themselves…”[citation needed]

Personal life

Dale was involved in a six-year relationship with actor Anthony Perkins before separating in 1973. The same year, he married actress and dancer Anita Morris, with whom he had a son, actor James Badge Dale (born 1978). Dale and Morris remained together until her death in 1994.



Year Title Role Notes
1964 The Unsinkable Molly Brown Jam
1967 The Young Girls of Rochefort Bill
1967 Half a Sixpence Pearce
1970 The Landlord Oscar
1973 A Name for Evil N/A Choreographer
1973 The Way We Were N/A
1981 So Fine N/A
1986 Quicksilver N/A
1987 Aria N/A
1997 Meet Wally Sparks Dancer


Year Title Role Notes
1956 Producers’ Showcase N/A Episode: “The Lord Don’t Play Favorites”
1985 Copacabana N/A Choreographer
2000 The Wonderful World of Disney Resident of Idyllia Episode: “Geppetto”

Stage productions

  • 1955 ‘The Amazing Adele’ musical (dancer)
  • 1956 Li’l Abner (dancer)
  • 1957 West Side Story (actor)
  • 1960 Greenwillow (actor)
  • 1961 Sail Away (actor)
  • 1965 Half a Sixpence (actor)
  • 1969 ‘Billy'(choreographer)
  • 1970 ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ (choreographer)
  • 1973 Seesaw (musical) (choreographer)
  • 1973 Rachael Lily Rosenbloom (show doctor)
  • 1974 ‘Seven Brides For Seven Brothers’ (show doctor)
  • 1974 The Magic Show (director, choreographer)
  • 1979 King of Schnorrers (director, choreographer)
  • 1988 Mail (choreographer)
  • 1989 Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (director)
  • Awards and nominations

    Institution Category Year Work Result
    Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Choreography 1969 Billy Won
    1988 Mail Nominated
    Drama-Logue Awards Outstanding Choreography 1973 N/A Nominated
    Lester Horton Awards Lifetime Achievement 1980 N/A Won
    Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Choreography 1986 Copacabana Nominated
    Tony Awards Best Choreography 1970 Billy Nominated
    Best Direction of a Musical 1975 The Magic Show Nominated

    External Links

    Actor Grover Dale – Wikipedia

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