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Marc Breaux (November 3, 1924 - November 19, 2013) was an American choreographer and occasional film director best known for his work on musical films of the 1960s and 1970s. Most of his well known work was in collaboration with Dee Dee Wood to whom he was married for many years. Much of Breaux's best recognized work was also in collaboration with the songwriting Sherman Brothers. In 1949 he appeared on Broadway in Kiss Me, Kate at the New Century Theatre in New York City and in 1958 he appeared in Li'l Abner at the St. James Theatre, also in New York City. Marc Breaux with Dee Dee Wood, choreographed the Broadway musical Do-Re-Mi, from 1960 through 1962.Following some health issues in the late 1970s, Breaux went to work for ex-producer Nick Vanoff at Vanoff's Hollywood post-production company Complete Post. Breaux was videotape operator for the company for nearly 20 years until his retirement in the mid-1990s. Wikipedia

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Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sextette1978choreographer
The Paul Lynde Halloween Special1976TV Special choreographer
The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella1976choreographer
Huckleberry Finn1974choreographer
Of Thee I Sing1972TV Movie choreographer
Fol-de-Rol1972TV Movie choreographer
The Hollywood Palace1964-1970TV Series choreographer - 190 episodes
ABC Stage 671967TV Series choreographer - 1 episode
The King Family Show1965-1966TV Series choreographer - 26 episodes
The Sound of Music1965choreographer
Mary Poppins1964choreographer
Judy and Her Guests, Phil Silvers and Robert Goulet1963TV Movie choreographer
The Andy Williams Show1962TV Series choreographer - 1962-1963
The United States Steel Hour1961TV Series choreographer - 1 episode

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fred Astaire Salutes the Fox Musicals1974TV Movie
The New Dick Van Dyke Show1971TV Series 1 episode
Goldilocks and the Three Bears1970TV Movie
The Hollywood Palace1969-1970TV Series 2 episodes
Debbie Reynolds and the Sound of Children1969TV Movie
The King Family Show1965-1969TV Series 28 episodes
Carol + 21966TV Special

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dallas1981TV Series
Mary Poppins1964Cow (voice, uncredited)
Design for Dreaming1956ShortMan
Alice in Wonderland1955TV MovieWalrus

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang1968stager: musical numbers
The Happiest Millionaire1967stager: musical numbers
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1963TV Series musical numbers staged by - 1 episode

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
ABC Stage 671967TV Series producer - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sound of Music: From Fact to Phenomenon1994Video documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History - 1960's2009Video documentaryHimself
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: The Making of 'Mary Poppins'2004Video documentaryHimself
The 100 Greatest Musicals2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Fred Waring Show1950TV SeriesHimself - Dancer

Won awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998Career Achievement AwardAmerican Choreography Awards, USADee Dee Wood


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#Fact
1In the final seventh 1969-1970 "Hollywood Palace" season, show #15 aired January 24, 1970, learning of the show's network cancellation, Nick Vanoff gave Marc Breaux one show to direct for his biography/director-credit. Since this was the third to last show to air, the "Palace" program featured Steve Allen as host, with the following "retro-Hollwood Palace" performer-guest talents: Jayne Meadows, Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca, Dale Evans and Roy Rogers with Trigger, Eydie Gorme and Steve Lawrence.
2Breaux and Wood met while working on a television show hosted by Stan Kenton, married in 1955 and appeared together on the Rialto in "Li'l Abner," choreographed by Michael Kidd, known for his athletic style of dance. In 1961 the pair transferred to the West Coast where during the time variety shows were popular on television - they created dances for more than 200 TV episodes. Working with performers who were not primarily dancers became a Breaux and Wood hallmark. It was a situation they faced often as the choreographers on the NBC Dinah Shore Chevy Show, Jack Benny Comedy Show, Andy Williams Show, and on the Saturday night ABC variety show "The Hollywood Palace" that ran from 1964 to 1970 - sometimes featured guest hosts, singers and comedians in the show's opening production dance numbers. Breaux said in a 1999 interview conducted by members of the arts faculty at the University of Northern Iowa, "You try to put them with good dancers who can haul them around if you had to. So you would say, 'Do you know what your left foot is?' And they would say 'Yes.' And I would say, 'Well, we're going to stamp the left foot twice and then we're going to stamp the right foot once. You had to be very specific with what you told them".
3When Dick Van Dyke got the role of Bert in the 1964 movie musical "Mary Poppins," Walt Disney asked him if had a recommendation for a choreographer. Van Dyke recalled working with the team Marc Breaux and Dee Dee Wood, who had created a number for NBC's "The Jack Benny Show." "I'm not really a dancer," Van Dyke said. "I could move a little and I was what you call an eccentric dancer - loose limbed and light on my feet. But they took what I could do and made the most of it. I was just thrilled." Disney took Van Dyke's recommendation and the married duo created one of the best know live-action dances in the history of the Disney Studio - the chimney sweep number to the song "Step In Time." Van Dyke remarked, "We had so much fun. Then I took them to 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' with me. 'Mary Poppins' also led them to work on the 1965 film version of 'The Sound of Music.' Robert Wise saw a screening of the chimney sweep number and hired them. Van Dyke said one of his fondest memories of Breaux concerns a step the choreographer put in the "Jolly Holiday" number of "Mary Poppins." It was based on a bit Breaux used to do for fun. "Hard to describe, but it's like you try to step on your own foot, and then jump out of the way. Marc stuck it in there as our little signature. It was our own little joke".
4Marc studied dance at what is now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette before serving in the Navy as a pilot during World War II. After the war he became a pre-med student, but that changed when he went to a friend's modern dance class in New York City taught by famed choreographers Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman. The instructors saw him observing and approached him at the end of the class. Asking Breaux "Do you think you can do that?" Marc replied, "Oh yes, no problem." Breaux in relating the experience stated "I was very cocky".
5Robert Wise and Marc Breaux, on their initial "The Sound of Music" Salzburg location survey of the city's streets and squares, walking, discussing, planning the cutting of shots for each tracking dance sequence involving Maria and the Von Trapp children. Marc, busy with creating the motivation for the dance sequences were followed on the sidewalk by Robert Wise, while Marc planned each choreographed sequence out in the city street traffic lanes. The congested city traffic didn't stop Marc from sailing out into the traffic patterns planning each dance routine. After the film's principle photography in Salzburg had finished, the weather was overcast, the country side shrouded in fog and mist, and heavy daily rain, prevented the opening hill top shot-set-up. The company remained in their hotels waiting for the final sequence filming. Fox management gave the company departure travel orders. The very last day, as Robert Wise tells, the sky opened with a bright glorious sunny morning. The entire company raced to the hill top, with the helicopter loaded with camera and crew, setting up the film's opening sequence of aerial shots, finally coming upon Julie Andrews spinning around on a hill top before breaking into the title song. To get the timing right, Breaux was hidden in nearby bushes. He watched the helicopter coming over the mountains and at the right moment he had a bullhorn, yelled to Julie Andrews, "OK, Julie! Turn!".
6Breaux and Wood divorced and worked separately. Dee Dee moved to Mesa, Arizona with the children while Marc remained in Los Angeles. After Marc had a heart attack, with his recovery, Nick Vanoff offered Marc a new career, working with his Sunset Gower Studios post production house as an editor. Marc retiring to Palm Springs, he later re-joined the family in Arizona.
7Studied dance in university before serving as a Navy Pilot during World War II.
8Performing in 1951, Marc Breaux appeared on "The Fred Waring Show" as a choreographer-dancer on CBS television "Salute to the American Indian"; Marc repeated choreographing and dancing on the 1952 "Fred Waring Show" CBS TV series segment "Jungle Drums".
9Marc Breaux, an American choreographer and occasional television-film director, is best known for his work on musical television and films of the 1960s and 1970s. Most of his well known work was in collaboration with Dee Dee Wood to whom he was married for many years. Much of Breaux's best recognized work was also a collaboration with the songwriting Sherman Brothers and with Disney Films. In 1949 Marc appeared on Broadway in "Kiss Me, Kate" at the New Century Theatre in New York City. In 1958 he appeared in "Li'l Abner" at the Saint James Theatre, also in New York City. Mark Breaux with Dee Dee Wood choreographed the Broadway musical "Do-Re-Mi" (1960-1962).
10Marc Breaux and Dee Dee Wood, as a husband and wife (duo) team, choreographed television production numbers on "The Hollywood Palace" television musical variety series from 1964 through 1970. Nick Vanoff admired their creativity and originality in dancing styles, and repeatedly brought the team in for specialty numbers.
11He, New York Yankees World Series winning pitcher Ron Guidry, and New England Patriots Super Bowl winning running back Kevin Faulk are all from Carencro, Louisiana.


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