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Cliff Robertson, American actor (Charly, Spider-Man, PT 109), died from natural causes died he was 88


Clifford ParkerCliffRobertson III was an American actor with a film and
television career that spanned half a century. Robertson portrayed a
young John F. Kennedy in the 1963 film PT 109, and won the 1968 Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the movie Charly. On television, he portrayed retired astronaut Buzz Aldrin in the 1976 adaptation of Aldrin’s autobiographic Return to Earth, played a fictional character based on Director of Central Intelligence Richard Helms in the 1977 adaptation of John Ehrlichman‘s Watergate novel The Company, and portrayed Henry Ford in the 1987 Ford: The Man and the Machine. His last well-known film appearances were in 2002 through 2007 as Uncle Ben in the Spider-Man film trilogy.

(September
9, 1923 – September 10, 2011) 

Early life

Robertson was born on September 9, 1923 in La Jolla, California, the son of Clifford Parker Robertson, Jr. (1902–1968), and his first wife, the former Audrey Olga Willingham (1903-1925).[6][7] His Texas-born father was described as “the idle heir to a tidy sum of ranching money”.[8]
Robertson recalled that his father “was a very romantic figure—tall,
handsome. He married four or five times, and between marriages he’d pop
in to see me. He was a great raconteur, and he was always surrounded by
sycophants who let him pick up the tab. During the Depression, he tapped
the trust for $500,000, and six months later he was back for more.”[9] The actor’s parents divorced when he was one, and Robertson’s mother died of peritonitis a year later in El Paso, Texas, at the age of 21.[3][9][10]
He was raised by his maternal grandmother, Mary Eleanor “Eleanora”
Willingham (née Sawyer, 1875–1957), in California, and he and his father
rarely saw one another.[3][9][11] He graduated from La Jolla High School in 1941,[12] where he was known as “The Walking Phoenix”.[13][why?] He then served in the merchant marine in World War II[3] before attending Antioch College in Ohio and dropping out to work as a journalist for a short time.[14][15]

Career

Robertson had a bit part in Mr. Roberts (1950) in Boston.

Feature films

Robertson was President John F. Kennedy‘s personal choice to play him in 1963’s PT 109 as a young Lieutenant PT boat captain. Kennedy chose Robertson over Edd “Kookie” Byrnes, Warren Beatty (Jacqueline Kennedy‘s choice), and Jeffrey Hunter.[16]
The next year, Robertson played a presidential candidate in The Best Man.
He won the 1968 Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of a mentally disabled man in Charly, an adaptation of the science fiction novel Flowers for Algernon.
Other films included Picnic (1955), Autumn Leaves (1956), Gidget (1959), Sunday in New York (1963), Devil’s Brigade (1968), Too Late the Hero (1970), J. W. Coop (1972), Three Days of the Condor (1975), Obsession (1976), Star 80 (1983) and Malone (1987). Late in his life Robertson’s career had a resurgence. He appeared as Uncle Ben Parker in the first movie adaptation of Spider-Man (2002), as well as in the sequels Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007). He commented on his website: “Since Spider-Man 1 and 2, I seem to have a whole new generation of fans. That in itself is a fine residual.”[17] He was also in the horror film Riding the Bullet (2004).
In 1989, he was a member of the jury at the 39th Berlin International Film Festival.[18]

Television

Robertson’s early television appearances include a starring role in the live space opera Rod Brown of the Rocket Rangers (1953–1954), as well as recurring roles on Hallmark Hall of Fame (1952), Alcoa Theatre (1959), and Playhouse 90 (1958, 1960), The Outlaws (three episodes as Chad Burns). Other appearances included The Twilight Zone episodes “A Hundred Yards Over the Rim” (1961) and “The Dummy” (1962) followed by guest-starring roles in such series as the NBC medical drama about psychiatry The Eleventh Hour (1963) in the role of Jeff Dillon, “The Man Who Came Home Late”. In 1958, he portrayed Joe Clay in the very first broadcast of Playhouse 90′s Days of Wine and Roses, in what some critics[who?] cite as a superior version of this story about alcoholism. Other network appearances included The Greatest Show on Earth (1963) and ABC‘s Breaking Point (1964) and the ABC Stage 67 episode “The Trap of Gold” (1966).
He had starring roles in episodes of both the 1960s and 1990s versions of The Outer Limits. He was awarded an Emmy for his leading role in a 1965 episode from Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre entitled “The Game”.
He appeared twice as a guest villain on Batman as the gunfighter “Shame” (1966 and 1968), the second time with his wife, Dina Merrill, as “Calamity Jan”.
In 1976, he portrayed a retired Buzz Aldrin in an adaptation of Aldrin’s autobiography Return to Earth. The next year, he portrayed a fictional Director of Central Intelligence (based on Richard Helms) in Washington: Behind Closed Doors, an adaptation of John Ehrlichman‘s roman a clef The Company, in turn based on the Watergate scandal. In 1987, he portrayed Henry Ford in Ford: The Man and The Machine.
Later he appeared on Falcon Crest (1983–1984) as Dr. Michael Ranson.
In 1984, he narrated an AT&T
promotional video documenting some of its technological improvements at
the time. Robertson then became AT&T’s national television
spokesman for ten years, winning the Advertising Age award for best
commercial. He was to be the keynote speaker at an AT&T
stockholders’ meeting during a strike by AT&T workers, but he
refused to cross the picket line and did not speak.
In 2003, he appeared on the short-lived series The Lyon’s Den.[citation needed]

Columbia Pictures scandal

In 1977, Robertson discovered that his signature had been forged on a
$10,000 check payable to him, although it was for work he had not
performed. He also learned that the forgery had been carried out by Columbia Pictures head David Begelman, and on reporting it he inadvertently triggered one of the biggest Hollywood scandals of the 1970s.[19]
As a result of Robertson’s whistle-blowing, Begelman was charged with
embezzlement: he later was fired from Columbia. Robertson was
subsequently blacklisted for several years before he finally returned to film in Brainstorm (1983).[15][20] The story of the scandal is told in David McClintick’s 1982 bestseller Indecent Exposure.

Personal life

In 1957, Robertson married actress Cynthia Stone, the former wife of actor Jack Lemmon. They had a daughter, Stephanie, before divorcing in 1959; by this marriage he also had a stepson, Chris Lemmon.
In 1966, he married actress and Post Cereals heiress Dina Merrill, the former wife of Stanley M. Rumbough, Jr.; they had a daughter, Heather (1969-2007), before divorcing in 1989.[3] By this marriage, he also had stepchildren Stanley Hutton Rumbough, David Post Rumbough, and Nedenia (Nina) Colgate Rumbough.
One of Robertson’s main hobbies was flying and, among other aircraft, he owned several de Havilland Tiger Moths, a Messerschmitt Bf 108, and a genuine World War II era Mk.IX Supermarine Spitfire MK923.[21][22] He even entered balloon races, including one in 1964 from the mainland to Catalina Island that ended with him being rescued from the Pacific Ocean. A certified private pilot, Robertson was a longtime member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, working his way through the ranks in prominence and eventually co-founding the EAA’s Young Eagles program, which he chaired from its 1992 inception to 1994 (succeeded by former test pilot Gen. Chuck Yeager). He was flying a private Beechcraft Baron directly over New York City on the morning of September 11, 2001. He was directly over the World Trade Center, climbing through 7,500 feet, when the first Boeing 767
struck. He was ordered by air traffic control to land immediately at
the nearest airport following a nationwide order to ground all civilian
and commercial aircraft following the attacks.[23]

Death

On September 10, 2011, just one day after his 88th birthday, Robertson died of natural causes in Stony Brook, New York.[24]

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1943 Corvette K-225 uncredited
We’ve Never Been Licked Adams (uncredited)
1956 Picnic Alan Benson
Autumn Leaves Burt Hanson
1957 The Girl Most Likely Pete
1958 The Naked and the Dead Lieutenant Robert Hearn
1959 Gidget The Big Kahuna
As the Sea Rages Clements
Battle of the Coral Sea Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Conway
1961 The Big Show Josef Everard
A Hundred Yards Over the Rim(The Twilight Zone) Christian Horn
All in a Night’s Work Warren Kingsley, Jr.
Underworld U.S.A. Tolly Devlin
1962 The Interns Dr. John Paul Otis
The Dummy: The Twilight Zone: Episode 98 Ventriloquist[25]
1963 My Six Loves Reverend Jim Larkin
PT 109 Lt. (j.g.) John F. Kennedy
Sunday in New York Adam Tyler
1964 633 Squadron Wing Cmdr. Roy Grant
The Best Man Joe Cantwell
1965 Up from the Beach Sgt. Edward Baxter
Masquerade David Frazer
Love Has Many Faces Pete Jordon
1967 The Honey Pot William McFly
1968 The Devil’s Brigade Maj. Alan Crown
Charly Charlie Gordon Academy Award for Best Actor
National Board of Review Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1970 Too Late the Hero Lt. (j.g.) Sam Lawson
1972 J. W. Coop J. W. Coop
The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid Cole Younger
1973 The Men Who Made the Movies: Alfred Hitchcock narrator
Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies Ace Eli Walford
1974 Man on a Swing Lee Tucker
1975 Out of Season Joe Tanner Entered into the 25th Berlin International Film Festival
Three Days of the Condor J. Higgins
1976 Shoot Rex
Midway Cmdr. Carl Jessop
Obsession Michael Courtland
Return to Earth Buzz Aldrin
1977 Fraternity Row Narrator
Washington: Behind Closed Doors William Martin Adaptation of The Company; character based on Richard Helms
1979 The Little Prince
Martin the Cobbler
Rip Van Wynkle
The Diary of Adam and Eve
Host; The pilot (Little Prince) Package of Claymation shorts by Will Vinton
1980 Dominique David Ballard
The Pilot Mike Hagan
1983 Brainstorm Alex Terson
Falcon Crest Dr. Michael Ranson Season 3
Class Mr. Burroughs
Star 80 Hugh Hefner
1985 Shaker Run Judd Pierson
1987 Malone Charles Delaney
Ford: The Man and the Machine Henry Ford
1991 Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken Doctor Carver
1992 Wind Morgan Weld
1994 Renaissance Man Colonel James
1995 Waiting for Sunset or The Sunset Boys (Pakten) Ted Roth
1996 Escape from L.A. President
1998 Assignment Berlin Cliff Garret
Melting Pot Jack Durman
1999 Family Tree Larry
2000 Falcon Down Buzz Thomas
2001 Mach 2 Vice President Pike
2002 13th Child Mr. Shroud Robertson was one of the writers of this film
Spider-Man Ben Parker
2004 Spider-Man 2 Ben Parker Cameo
Riding the Bullet Farmer
2007 Spider-Man 3 Ben Parker Cameo; Last film appearance

Awards

Robertson received an award from Antioch College Alumni in 2007 for
his contributions to his field of work. In addition to his Oscar and
Emmy and several lifetime achievement awards from various film festivals, Robertson has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
at 6801 Hollywood Blvd. He was also awarded the 2008 Ambassador of Good
Will Aviation Award by the National Transportation Safety Board Bar
Association in Alexandria, Virginia, on May 18, 2008, for his leadership
in and promotion of general aviation.
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Bernice Lake, Anguillan-born Antiguan jurist, first Eastern Caribbean woman to be appointed Queen’s Counsel, died she was 78

Dame Bernice Lake , died she was 78.

 (died September 10, 2011)

was an Anguillan-born jurist and legal scholar whose career spanned more than forty years. In 1985, she became the first woman from the Eastern Caribbean to be appointed Queen’s Counsel.[1][2] Lake was also the first graduate of the University of the West Indies to receive the honor.[1][2]
Lake was born in Anguilla and attended school on St. Kitts, but resided in Antigua for most of her life.[1][3][4] She obtained a degree in history and graduated with honors from the University College of the West Indies at Mona in Jamaica, which later became the University of the West Indies.[3][4]
Lake worked as a diplomat for the short-lived West Indies Federation‘s foreign service until the federation collapsed in 1962.[1] Lake soon launched a second career by entering law school at UCL Faculty of Laws at University College London.[1][3] She campaigned against apartheid in South Africa and other causes as a law student.[4] Lake earned her Honours Degree in Law in 1967.[4]
Lake was admitted to the bar in St. Kitts in 1967 soon after obtaining her law degree.[4] Lake became a prominent jurist, specializing in human rights and constitutional law.[1] Her chambers, Lake & Kentish, which she opened with attorney Joyce Kentishher niece and was later joined by Kendreth Kentish and George Lake, were located on Antigua.[1][2] Lake was the chief architect of the 1975 Constitution of Anguilla.[1][2][4] In 1981, she served as a member of the committee charged with framing the Constitution of Antigua and Barbuda.[1][2] Another member of the Antiguan constitutional committee, Sydney Christian QC, said of Lake’s role in drafting the document, “She was very much in the forefront of the fight for constitutional law and she was always very aggressive in her defence of the Constitution here in Antigua.”[4]
Lake was a supporter of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ),[5] which was established in 2001.
In 2004, the government of Antigua and Barbuda bestowed knighthood and the title Dame on Lake for her contributions to contributions to the Antiguan and the Caribbean legal systems,[4] as well as her outlook on women’s rights, political rights and civil rights.[1] The University of the West Indies awarded Lake a Honorary Doctorate in Law at its Cave Hill campus graduation in Barbados in 2007.[1][2] In July 2011, the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Anguilla Bar Association, and the other bar associations of the OECS honored her for her contributions at a joint event.[4]
Dame Bernice Lake died at Mount St John Medical Centre in Antigua September 10, 2011, at the age of 78 after a brief illness.[1][4][5] Her funeral was held at St Peters Parish Church in St. John’s with burial in the churchyard.[5] Dignitaries in attendance included Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Baldwin Spencer, Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda Dame Louise Lake-Tack, opposition leaders and members of the Caribbean legal community.[5] The delegation from Anguilla included Minister of Home Affairs Walcott Richardson.[5]
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Graham Collier, British jazz bassist, died he was 74.

James Graham Collier  was an English jazz bassist, bandleader and composer  died he was 74..

(21 February 1937 – 10 September 2011) 

Life and career

Born in Tynemouth, Northumberland, on leaving school Collier joined the British Army as a musician, spending three years in Hong Kong. He subsequently won a Down Beat magazine scholarship to the Berklee School of Music, Boston, studying with Herb Pomeroy
and was its first British graduate in 1963. On his return to Britain he
founded the first version of an ensemble devoted to his own
compositions, Graham Collier Music, which included Kenny Wheeler, Harry Beckett and John Surman, and in later line-ups Karl Jenkins, Mike Gibbs, Art Themen and many other notable musicians.[2]
Collier was the first recipient of an Arts Council bursary for jazz,
and was commissioned by festivals, groups and broadcasters across
Europe, North America, Australia and the Far East. He produced 19 albums
and CDs of his music and also worked in a wide range of other media: on
stage plays and musicals, on documentary and fiction film, and on a
variety of radio drama productions.
Collier was also an author and educator, having written seven books
on jazz and given lectures and workshops around the world. As Simon
Purcell noted, “Jazz education in the UK owes an enormous amount to
Graham Collier (alongside Eddie Harvey and Lionel Grigson) without whom our current positions and extent of provision would been considerably harder to achieve.”[3]In 1987, Collier launched the jazz degree course at London’s Royal Academy of Music
and was its artistic director until he resigned in 1999 to concentrate
on his own music. In 1989, he was among the group of jazz educators who
formed the International Association of Schools of Jazz, whose magazine,
Jazz Changes, he co-edited for seven years. He was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in 1987 for his services to jazz.
Latterly, Collier lived on a small island in Greece,[4]
where he composed, wrote and administered his back catalogue,
travelling to present concerts and workshops around the world. His book,
The Jazz Composer: Moving Music Off the Paper, a philosophical look at jazz and jazz composing, was published by Northway Books in 2005, and his nineteenth CD, directing 14 Jackson Pollocks, mainly recorded in 2004, was released by the jazzcontinuum label.

Works

Discography

Books

  • Jazz – A Students’ and Teachers’ Guide (Hardback and Paperback, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1977) Translated into German, Norwegian and Italian.
  • Inside Jazz (Hardback and Paperback, London: Quartet Books, 1973)
  • Compositional Devices (Boston, Mass.: Berklee Press Publications, 1975)
  • Cleo and John (London: Quartet Books, 1976)
  • Jazz Workshop the Blues, (Universal Edition 1988) ISBN 0-900938-61-7
  • Interaction – Opening Up the Jazz Ensemble (1998)
  • The Jazz Composer, moving music off the paper (London: Northway Publications, 2009) ISBN 978-0-9557888-0-2

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Dušan Trbojević, Serbian composer, died he was 86.

Dušan Trbojević was a famous Serbian pianist, composer, musical writer and university professor died he was 86.

(June 13, 1925 – September 9, 2011) 

Education

Trbojević was born in Maribor, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. He studied composition with Milenko Živković at the Belgrade Music Academy, and piano with Milanka Đaja
at the same institution. He graduated in 1951 (Piano Performance) and
1953 (Composition) and continued his studies of piano with Kendall Taylor at the Royal College of Music and Royal Academy of Music in London (1954–1957). Additionally, he studied in the U.S.A. (1965–1966).

Performing career

Trbojević has performed actively as a soloist, accompanist and conductor throughout Europe,as well as in the U.S.A., China, India, Iran, Egypt, Cuba, Mexico. He gave the first performances of compositions by eminent Serbian composers Vlastimir Peričić, Milutin Radenković, Vasilije Moktanjac, Petar Ozgijan, Žarko Mirković

Teaching career

Trbojević was Professor of Piano at the University of Arts in Belgrade Faculty of Music, University of Novi Sad Academy of Arts and University of Titograd Academy of Music. His former students include prominent pianists of today: Rita Kinka, Istra Pečvari, Lidija Matić, Nada Kolundžija, Maja Rajković

Compositions

He has been the author of numerous compositions: Piano Concerto, Piano Sonata, Sonata for Violin and Piano, Suite for Clarinet and Piano, Sonata Rustica for Piano, Two Dances for Piano, choir scores, songs for a voice with piano accompaniment (Mother, The Dubrovnik Epitaph, In the Storm, cycle The Man’s Songs)…

Publications

Trbojević wrote five books about music.

Affiliations

He was the first president of the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) and is now honorary president of the EPTA Serbia.
He was also a member and past president of the Association of Musical Artists of Serbia.
He died in Belgrade, Serbia.
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Russell Peters On Jamaicans, Trinis,

Now Thats Funny!!!!

Jotta A Agnus Dei ♫ Hallelujah ♪ ♫

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Who is Gabrielle Christina Victoria Douglas?

Who is Gabrielle Christina Victoria Douglas? The sports world knows her as Gabby Douglas is an American artistic gymnast. As a member of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics, she won gold medals in both the individual and team
all-around competitions. Douglas is the first African-American and
first woman of color in Olympic history to become the individual
all-around champion, and the first American gymnast to win gold in both
the individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympics.
She was also a member of the gold-winning U.S. team at the 2011 World Championships.

Early life

Douglas was born December 31, 1995 began training in gymnastics at age six when her older
sister, Arielle, convinced their mother to enroll her in gymnastics
classes.[2]
When she was eight years old, Douglas won an all-around gymnastics
award for her level at the 2004 Virginia State Championships.[3]

2010

Douglas made her national debut at the 2010 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup, a televised Level 10 meet held in Worcester, Massachusetts, where Douglas placed fourth all-around.[4]

Her first elite meet was the 2010 CoverGirl Classic in Chicago, Illinois, where Douglas placed third on balance beam, 6th on vault and 9th all-around in the junior division.[4]

At the 2010 U.S. Junior National Championships, Douglas won the
silver medal on balance beam, placed fourth all-around and on vault, and
tied for eighth on floor exercise.[4]

At the 2010 Pan American Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico, Douglas won the uneven bars title, and she won a share of the U.S. team gold medal. She also placed fifth all-around.[4]

Douglas moved from Virginia Beach, Virginia to West Des Moines, Iowa in October at the age of 14 to train under Liang Chow, the former coach of 2008 Summer Olympics gold medal-winner Shawn Johnson.[5]

2011

At the City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy,
Douglas won a share of the U.S. team gold medal. She also placed second
on floor, tied for third on beam, and placed fourth in the all-around
and on vault.[4]

Douglas earned the silver medal in uneven bars at the CoverGirl Classic in Chicago.[4]

At the 2011 U.S. National Championships In St. Paul, Minnesota, Douglas tied for third on bars and placed seventh all-around.[4]

At the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo, Japan, Douglas shared in the team gold medal won by the U.S. Douglas also placed fifth in uneven bars.[6][7]

2012

At the AT&T American Cup at Madison Square Garden
in March, Douglas received the highest total all-around score in the
women’s competition, ahead of her teammate and current world champion Jordyn Wieber. However, her scores did not count towards winning the competition because she was an alternate.[8]

Later in March, she was part of the gold-winning U.S. team at the
Pacific Rim Championships, where she also won gold in uneven bars.[9]

At the 2012 U.S. National Championships in June, Douglas won the gold medal in uneven bars, silver in the all-around, and bronze in floor. Martha Karolyi, the National Team Coordinator for USA Gymnastics, nicknamed Douglas the “Flying Squirrel” for her aerial performance on the uneven bars.[10][11][12]

After winning a spot on the U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics team, Douglas and her teammates were featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated on the July 18, 2012 Olympic Preview issue. This marked the first time an entire Olympic gymnastics team had been featured on the cover of the magazine.[13] She appeared on Rock Center with Brian Williams on July 19, where she discussed her family background and Olympic ambitions.[14] On July 20, Douglas was featured on one of five Olympic covers released that day for Time magazine.[15]

Summer Olympics

On July 31, Douglas and her teammates, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber, won the team all-around gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[16] On August 2, Douglas won the gold medal in the individual all-around, becoming the first African-American woman and first woman of color to win the event.[17][18][19][20] She is also the first American gymnast ever to win both the team and individual all-around gold at the same Olympics.[21]

Douglas is scheduled to take part in the finals of uneven bars on August 6 and balance beam on August 7.

Personal life

Douglas is the daughter of Timothy Douglas and Natalie Hawkins.[22]
When Douglas moved to Iowa to train under Liang Chow, Douglas and her
sister had to convince their mother to let Douglas leave Virginia and
live with a host family in West Des Moines.[23][24]. Douglas is a devout Christian. In a post-win interview she said that “all the glory” for her win goes “to God. She also tweeted her thanks to God, stressing “may I never forget the good things he does for me.”
After her victory, she was quoted as saying: “And I give all the glory
to God, It’s kind of a win-win situation. The glory goes up to Him and
the blessings fall down on me.”[25]

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Who is The Jabbawockeez?

Who is the Jabbawockeez? The entertainment & dance world knows the Jabbawockeez as a seven-member, male, hip-hop dance crew best known for being the winners of the first season of America’s Best Dance Crew.
They were initially formed by members Kevin “KB” Brewer, Phil “Swagger
Boy” Tayag, & Joe “Punkee” Larot under the name “3 Muskee”. By 2004,
their members included Ben “B-Tek” Chung, Chris “Cristyle” Gatdula,
Rynan “Kid Rainen” Paguio, and Jeff “Phi” Nguyen. The Jabbawockeez do
not have a leader of the group; choreography for their performances as
well as music and design choices are made as a collective unit.[4] They always perform wearing white masks (rare they wear other colour mask) and white gloves.[4]

Contents

Early Career

Phil “Swagger Boy” Tayag, Kevin “KB” Brewer, and Joe “Punkee” Larot
began performing as a trio called “Three Musky” in Sacramento,
California while wearing white masks and gloves. The mask and glove
motif was adopted as a tribute to the 1960s San Francisco strutting crew
Medea Sirkas. Gary “Gee One” Kendall and Randy “DJ Wish One” Bernal
were both members of the MindTricks dance crew who were active in the
San Francisco Bay Area. Both the MindTricks dance crew and the Three
Muskee were friends and associates with each other. Tayag, Brewer, and
Larot all later moved to the San Diego area and what began as an effort
to start a Southern California chapter of the MindTricks crew later
evolved into JabbaWockeeZ.

Established in 2003[4]
in San Diego, California, Jabbawockeez is the brainchild of the “Three
Musky” who wanted to showcase freestyle dance. The name Jabbawockeez,
coined by Joe Larot, was inspired by the fantastical monster from the Lewis Carroll nonsense poem Jabberwocky.[4]
The white masks and gloves from Phil, Kevin, and Joe’s performances as
Three Musky were adopted as the visual signature of the group. In San
Diego, through Gary’s connections, the Jabbawockeez added b-boys
Rynan “Kid Rainen” Paguio and Chris “Cristyle” Gatdula to the group.
The original seven member iteration of the Jabbawockeez began performing
as a group in 2004. This lineup consisted of Gary, Randy, Phil, Kevin,
Joe, Rynan, and Chris.

Jabbawockeez rounded out their numbers with additional members, bringing their total to eleven. Phoenix native Jeff “Phi” Nguyen had met Rynan Paguio at various Los Angeles area auditions and performances and earned a spot in the Jabbawockeez in 2004 by battling Kevin Brewer.[4] The Jabbawockeez also brought Kaba Modern
alumnus Ben “B-Tek” Chung and b-boys Eddie “Eddiestyles” Gutierrez and
Saso “Saso Fresh” Jimenez into the fold. Stylistically, the Jabbawockeez
style of dance features an eclectic mix of various urban styles,
primarily popping & b-boying, along with a careful synchronicity to choreography which one member dubs “Beat-Kune-Do” (a play on the word “Jeet Kune Do“, a martial arts style created by Bruce Lee). In 2007, the JabbaWockeeZ appeared on the second season of America’s Got Talent.
Performing with nine members, the group was eliminated in the Las Vegas
callbacks episode. In 2008, they auditioned and were accepted onto the
first season of America’s Best Dance Crew.

America’s Best Dance Crew

The Jabbawockeez auditioned a seven-member contingent for the first season of America’s Best Dance Crew,
because of crew member limits imposed by the show. Originally, the ABDC
group was supposed to consist of Gary Kendell, Phil Tayag, Kevin
Brewer, Joe Larot, Rynan Paguio, Chris Gatdula, and Phi Nguyen; however,
Gary died that year, and Joe suffered a knee injury during the audition
rounds. The group chose Ben Chung to replace Joe on the show and left
Gary’s spot vacant, proceeding with six members. They eventually went on
to become the winners of the show. The win earned the crew $100,000
(USD).[5]

Season 1 performances

Week Challenge Music Result
Live Audition Special None “We Came Here to Party (Remix)” by Tony Yayo Safe
1: Crew’s Choice Challenge None Apologize” by Timbaland ft. OneRepublic Safe
2: Video Star Challenge Crews must duplicate
choreography in assigned
music video
Ice Box” by Omarion Safe
3: Dance Craze Challenge Crews must create the
illusion of defying gravity
Lean wit It, Rock wit It” by Dem Franchize Boyz Safe
4: Movie Character Challenge Character: Thieves Ayo Technology” by 50 Cent ft. Justin Timberlake Safe
5: Thriller Challenge Incorporate Michael Jackson‘s moves in their routine P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” by Michael Jackson Safe
6: Broadway Remixed Challenge “Partners:”
Kaba Modern
Status Quo
BreakSk8
“It’s the Hard Knock Life” (mastermix) from the musical Annie Safe
The Charleston All That Jazz” (mastermix) from the musical Chicago Safe
7: Evolution of Street Dance Crews must tell the
history of hip-hop dance
using the same five songs
Funkytown” by Lipps Inc
It’s Like That” by Run DMC & Jason Nevins
“It’s Just Begun” by Jimmy Castor Bunch
Push It” by Salt N Pepa
Bye Bye Bye” by N’Sync
Get Buck in Here” by DJ Felli Fel
Bottom 2
Encore Round “The Red Pill” (mastermix of “The Time Is Now (Bambino Casino Remix)”
by Moloko and “Red Dragon” by Swollen Members) by District 78

Safe
8: The Live Finale “Partners:”
Kaba Modern
Fysh N Chicks
Tell Me When to Go” by E-40 ft. Keak da Sneak Champions
“Partner:”
Status Quo
Step routine
Champion’s Encore Stronger” by Kanye West

Post-ABDC career

Since ABDC, the Jabbawockeez have appeared in a Pepsi,[6][4] and Gatorade commercial,[4] and performed on Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, The Ellen DeGeneres Show,[7] and Live with Regis and Kelly. They also made a cameo appearance in Step Up 2 The Streets,[8] launched their own clothing line, and toured with New Kids on the Block,[4][9] and Jesse McCartney.[4] Along with the ABDC season 2 winner, Super Cr3w, Jabbawockeez were the opening act for the Battle of the VMAs ABDC special.[10][11] The group also made an appearance on Cycle 13 of America’s Next Top Model during the episode “Dance With Me” to help the contestants learn how to convey emotions with their bodies.

On February 15, 2009, they accompanied and danced with NBA All-Star center Shaquille O’Neal in his NBA All-Star Game player introduction.[12] On October 16, 2009, they performed in front of a crowd of 35,000 at the University of Florida‘s Gator Growl.[13]

Australia tour

The Jabbawockeez toured Australia from August 28 to August 30, 2009.
The three-day tour was for Australian fans who were unable to see the
crew due to the cancellation of the Australian leg of New Kids on the
Block’s Full Service Tour. The group performed in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane and made several appearances on MTV Iggy.

Other ABDC appearances

On April 15, 2010 the Jabbawockeez returned to the ABDC stage for the
Champions for Charity episode along with the other 4 champions Super
Cr3w, Quest Crew, We Are Heroes, and newly titled Season 5 champions
Poreotix. Each crew was to benefit a charity,the Jabbawockeez had been
working with a cancer survivor who, after having his left leg amputated,
went on to become a successful Paralympic skier and create a social
networking site for amputees to ask questions, get answers and develop
an active community. In their performance they introduced a new routine
that no one had seen before and a new song that was put on their album
Mus.I.C produced by The Bangerz, Robot Remains. That night the Robot
Remains Mixtape was released for a free download at http://www.thebangerz.com.
For the season finale of season 6 of ABDC the Jabbawockeez made an
appearance along with the other champions as they brought in the season 6
champions I.aM.mE.The crew performed into a mastermix entitled
Devastating Stereo.

Las Vegas show

On May 7,2010, the Jabbawockeez debuted their own live stage special at the MGM Grand Hollywood Theater in Las Vegas, entitled MÜS.I.C. They are the first dance crew to headline a show in Las Vegas.[4] The show ran from May 7 to May 26 and included members from Super Cr3w, the winners of season two of America’s Best Dance Crew.
Music for the show was produced by DJ collective, The Bangerz. Since
its initial run at the MGM Grand, the show moved to the Monte Carlo
Resort and Casino where it ran five nights a week and is now at Jupiters
Casino on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

JBWKZ Records

Since their MÜS.I.C show, the Jabbawockeez made an album
consisting of all the songs that they used in the show. It was released
March 1, 2011 on iTunes. Since this time, they have been working to
establish JBWKZ Records by promoting fellow member Phil “Swagger Boy”
Tayag, who was a part of the indie hip-hop group KNGDM with his brother
P.C. and friend Kilo. KNGDM released “The Goodbye Mixtape” in 2010,
which included a song by Phil titled, “Ima Get It”. Phil released an EP
on February 12, 2012, titled “Privileged”, along with two videos on the
Jabbawockeez YouTube channel for “Ima Get It” and “F N G”. “F N G”
featured Phil’s brother and former KNGDM member P.C. The album is
available on iTunes and was released on JBWKZ Records. The video for
“Ima Get It” was directed by fellow Jabawockeez member Chris Gatdula.
The song “F N G” was featured on the soundtrack of the 2012 movie
“Project X”.

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