Earl Dancer

born: 29 August 1895
Houston, Texas,
United States of America
died: 30 September 1963
Lake Elsinore, California,
United States of America
(age 68)

Black American performer, singer, dancer, choreographer, and actor who later became a theatrical producer and a "well-known theatrical figure" (per his 1963 obituary). He was a prominent figure in the early career of songstress Ethel Waters (there were also rumors they were married, but this appears to be false).
The year of 1894 given on other sources likely came from his World War I draft registration card (signed 05 June 1917). However, it also gives his age as 21, coming before his birthday that year, which would support 1895 as would the majority of other sources found.
Real name: Earl Harold Dancer
Height: 5'10"½
Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography.


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Jazz musician

Acknowledgements & sources:
The Harold Lloyd Encyclopedia by Annette D'Agostino Lloyd (book)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K8DH-8F6 (1916 marriage)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XLHC-MXZ (1916 marriage)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:41Z6-QH6Z (1916 marriage)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZVG-QRM (WWI draft reg. card)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHW1-ZZ9 (1920 Census)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X43J-4FP (1930 Census)
Carl [sic] Harold Dancer, "U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942" (Ancestry.com)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VPN8-W95 (CA Death Index)
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/16504401 (Find a Grave)
https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/554157896/ (Alabama Tribune, 11 Oct 1963)
https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/earl-dancer-14553 (IBDb)
https://dh.howard.edu/pittcourier_perartists/60/ (Digital Howard - Howard University; photo source)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QGL4-6GGW (unnamed son [Earl H. L.]'s birth certificate, 20 Sep 1917)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QGJN-YYSG (son Earl H. L. Dancer's death certificate, 28 Sep 1917)
Jesse Brisson (research and information)
Jim Jarvis (height)

This page was last updated on: 17 October 2021