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Hermes Pan with Ginger Rogers doing the Jitterbug

Stage Name

Birth Name

Hermes Pan

Hermes Panagiotopoulos

   

    Hermes was the son of a Greek candy manufacturer and distributor who, after his father died found work with his sister "Ditty" who supported themselves and their mother with various song and dance jobs as teenagers. Having been exposed to African American rhythms by his "Mammy" as he referred to her (housekeeper,) he would pick up allot of rhythm and soul along the way.

    Hermes Pan became a world class dancer and choreographer and was considered one of the nicest guys to boot. Pan worked with many stars such as Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Betty Grable, Ann Miller, Rita Hayworth etc. Danced with Betty Grable in the 1943 movie the "Wishing Waltz." Mr. Pan would also become Fred Astaire's main choreographer for RKO pictures with 'Finian's Rainbow' being their last film working together in 1968. It was this pairing in the film "Flying Down To Rio" with Astaire and Rogers that made his career and somewhat Astaire and Roger's as well ( Pan had already worked with Ginger prior to them both coming to Hollywood.)

    Hermes had one of the longest career's as a dance director/choreographer. He hired a number of major American dancers for their first Hollywood jobs including Bob Fosse and Jack Cole.

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After the dance team of  " Astaire / Rogers" went their separate ways, Mr. Pan would move to another studio ... 20th Century Fox, where he then worked with the fabulous Betty Grable, and then later MGM.

    Danced in such movies as 'Moon Over Miami', 'Pin-Up Girl' with Betty Grable, 'Sweet Rosie O'Grady', 'My Gal Sal' and the very popular 'Kiss Me Kate' thru his career. Hermes Pan was nominated for three Academy Award's for Dance Direction in 1937 and won for 'A Damsel in Distress'. Won Emmy Awards for 'An Evening With Fred Astaire' (1959) and 'Astaire Time' (1961.) He died peacefully at his home in Beverly Hills a few months before his 81st birthday.


Birth Place

Birth Date

Spouse

Offspring

Memphis, TN 12/10/1909 - 9/19/1990 n/a n/a
       

Dance Types

Dance Partners/ Choreography

Music Titles

Apache Ann Miller n/a
Ballet Angela Blue (Apache)      
Ballroom Betty Grable (Conga, Swing)      
Can Can Cyd Charisse      
Conga Ditty Panagiotopoulos (sister)      
Jitterbug Fred Astaire      
Tap Gene Kelly      
Waltz Ginger Rogers      
  Hermes Pan Dancers, the      
  Judy Garland      
  Rita Hayworth    
       

Night Clubs

Theaters

Stage

n/a Winter Garden Theatre (1948) 1948 - As The Girls Go (choreo)
            1930s - Top Speed (w/Ginger)
                 
                 

Films

Television

Publications

$1933 - Flying Down To Rio ( Astaire) 1958 - Eve w/ Astaire n/a
$1934 - Gay Divorcee ( Astaire) 1958 - Eve w/ Astaire      
1934 - Hips, Hips, Hooray!            
1934 - Strictly Dynamite            
1935 - Old Man Rhythm            
$1935 - Roberta ( Astaire)            
$1935 - Top Hat( Astaire)            
$1936 - Follow The Fleet ( Astaire)            
$1936 - Swingtime ( Astaire)            
$1937 - A Damsel in Distress ( Astaire)            
1937 - A Women Rebels            
$1937 - Quality Street            
$1937 - Shall We Dance ( Astaire)      

Posters

$1937 - Stage Door       ??
$1938 - Carefree ( Astaire)              
1938 - Having Wonderful Time ( Astaire)            
1938 - Radio City Revels            
$1939 - Bachelor Mother ( Rogers)            
$1939 - Story of Vernon & Irene Castle            
1940 - Hit Parade            
$1940/1 - Second Chorus ( Astaire)            
$1941 - Blood and Sand            
$1941 - Moon Over Miami ( Grable)            
1941 - Rise and Shine            
$1941 - Sun Valley Serenade            
1941 - That Night In Rio            
$1941 - Weekend in Havana            
$1942 - Footlight Serenade ( Grable)            
1942 - My Gal Sal (danced)            
1942 - Roxie Hart            
1942 - Song of the Islands            
$1942 - Springtime in the Rockie's            
1943 - Coney Island            
1943 - Sweet Rosie O'Grady (danced)            
1943 - The Wishing Waltz            
$1944 - Pin Up Girl ( Grable) (danced)            
1945 - Diamond Horseshoe            
$1945 - State Fair            
1949 - Barkley's of Broadway ( Rogers)            
$1950 - A Life Of Her Own            
$1950 - Let's Dance ( Astaire)            
$1950 - Three Little Words            
1951 - Excuse My Dust            
1951 - Footlight Varieties            
1951 - Texas Carnivals            
$1952 - Lovely to Look At ( Champions)            
1953 - Sombrero ( Charisse) (Gypsy Dance)            
$1953 - Kiss Me Kate (danced) [ DVD]            
1954 - Student Prince            
$1955 - Hit The Deck ( Ann Miller)            
1955 - It's Always Fair Weather ( Charisse)            
$1955 - Jupiter's Darling ( Champions)            
1956 - Meet Me In Las Vegas ( Charisse)            
$1957 - Pal Joey ( Hayworth/ Novak)            
$1957 - Silk Stockings ( Astaire, Charisse )            
1959 - Porgy and Bess            
$1960 - Can-Can ( MacLaine)            
$1961 - Flower Drum Song            
$1964 - My Fair Lady            
$1968 - Finian's Rainbow            
1970 - Darling Lili            
Meet Me In Las Vegas ( Producer)            
Moon Over Miami (danced)            
Pan-Americana ( Champions)            

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