Hal Le Roy

Hal Le Roy (December 10, 1913 – May 2, 1985) was an American dancer, actor, and singer appearing on stage, in film, and on television.

Hal Le Roy
John LeRoy Schotte

(1913-12-10)December 10, 1913
DiedMay 2, 1985(1985-05-02) (aged 71)
Hackensack, New Jersey, United States
Other namesHal LeRoy
Hal Leroy
Harold Teen
OccupationActor, dancer, singer
Years active1928–1982
Spouse(s)Ruth Hedwig Dod


Le Roy was born John LeRoy Schotte in Cincinnati, Ohio, on December 10, 1913.[1][2]

He broke into New York theater as a dancer. His dancing teacher, Ned Wayburn, got him his first job, in Hoboken Hoboes in 1928.[2] He quickly worked his way into Broadway roles, where his dance style created a sensation in the 1931 Ziegfeld Follies. On April 12, 1934, he married Ruth Hedwig Dod (March 13, 1911 – July 1, 1979), who had been one of his dance partners.[3]

He also began doing a series of musical film shorts for Vitaphone and Warner Brothers Pictures. Aside from his work on Broadway and in film, he performed in revues, vaudeville, and as a featured entertainer in New York's nightclub scene. He was selected as a feature performer by Bob Hope for Hope's TV Premier appearance.

Le Roy died on May 2, 1985, in Hackensack, New Jersey, of complications following heart surgery.[2] He left no survivors.[2]


  • The Gang's All Here (1931)
  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1931 (1931)
  • Strike Me Pink (1933)
  • Thumbs Up! (1934–1935)
  • Too Many Girls (1939–1940)
  • Count Me In (1942)

Complete filmography

  • The High School Hoofer (1931 short) as Hal Le Roy
  • Tip Tap Toe (1932 short) as Hal Evans
  • The Way of All Freshmen (1933 short) as Hal
  • Use Your Imagination (1933 short) as Hal
  • Mr. Broadway (1933) as Hal Le Roy
  • Picture Palace (1934 short) as Hal
  • Hollywood Newsreel (1934 short) as Himself (uncredited)
  • Wonder Bar (1934) as dancer in blackface
  • Harold Teen (1934) as Harold Teen
  • Private Lessons (1934 short) as Hal Le Roy
  • Syncopated City (1934 short) as Hal Le Roy
  • In the Spotlight (1935 short) as Hal
  • Main Street Follies (1935 short) as Hal
  • Oh, Evaline! (1935 short) as Hal
  • Wash Your Step (1936 short) as Hal Rogers
  • Rhythmitis (1936 short) as Hal
  • Swing for Sale (1937 short)
  • Ups and Downs (1937 short) as Hal Smith
  • Start Cheering (1938) as 'Tarzan' Biddle
  • The Prisoner of Swing (1938 short) as Rudolph, King of Sulvania, and Mr. Razzenstill
  • The Knight Is Young (1938 short) as Hal
  • Public Jitterbug No. 1 (1939 short) as Hal Sturges
  • Too Many Girls (1940) as Al Terwilliger
  • The Star-Spangled Revue (1950 TV movie) as Himself


  1. Appelbaum, Stanley; James Camner. 1981. Stars of the American Musical Theater in Historic Photographs. New York, New York: Dover Publications, p. 140. ISBN 0-486-24209-9
  2. "Hal Le Roy, Dancer in Clubs, Musicals and Several Movies". The New York Times. May 4, 1985. p. 33. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  3. "Hal Leroy Weds Ruth Dod". The New York Times. April 13, 1934. p. 22. Retrieved June 7, 2018.

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