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Grover Dale
Born Grover Robert Aitken
22 July 1935 (1935-07-22) (age 74)
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Occupation Actor, choreographer, dancer, director, pedagogue
Years active 1953-present
Spouse(s) Anita Morris (1973-1994)
Domestic partner(s) Anthony Perkins (1967-1973)

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




Early years

Dale was born Grover Robert Aitken in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Ronal Rittenhouse Aitken, a restaurateur, and Emma Bertha Ammon.[1] He studied dance with teacher Lillian Jasper in McKeesport, Pennsylvania from 1945 to 1952 before he appeared in 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; in Noel 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. He made his film debut in The Unsinkable Molly Brown. He also appeared in Half a Sixpence, The Young Girls of Rochefort, and The Landlord.

Dale has been nominated for the Tony Award twice, for his choreography of Billy, a musical version of Billy Budd and his direction of The Magic Show. He also received an Emmy Award nomination for his choreography of Barry Manilow's 1985 television musical Copacabana. He was also the choreographer for Jerome Robbins' Broadway, a tribute to the famed director-choreographer's life work, and he later became publisher of Dance 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..." [2]

Personal life

Dale was involved in a six-year relationship with actor Anthony Perkins that ended in 1973 when he married actress/singer Anita Morris; they remained married until Morris' death in 1994.[3] Their son, actor James Badge Dale (born 1978), played the role of Simon in in the 1990 film Lord of the Flies and TV series 24.

Stage productions

Awards and nominations

  • 1969 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography – Billy
  • 1970 Tony Award for Best Choreography – Billy
  • 1975 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical – The Magic Show
  • 1986 Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography – Copacabana
  • 1988 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography – Mail


  1. ^ "Grover Dale Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-05.  
  2. ^ "Grover's Bio: When Dance Gets Under A Guy's Skin!". Answers4Dancer. 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-28.  
  3. ^ Tina Gianoulis (9 January 2008). "Perkins, Anthony (1932-1992)". glbtq Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2008-08-28.  

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