Quotes of Donald O’Connor

“ I grew up in vaudeville. All the hoofers used to get together in a drugstore down the street from the theater, or what-have-you, and if they knew a new step they would teach it to you. I learned hoofing steps that way. But going into ballet didn't come until I made those pictures with Kelly. ”

- Donald O’Connor

“ Going up the walls doing somersaults, that trick took a couple of days. ”

- Donald O’Connor

“ Going up the walls doing somersaults, that trick took a couple of days. ”

- Donald O’Connor

“ Going up the walls doing somersaults, that trick took a couple of days. ”

- Donald O’Connor

“ My brothers and my mother were all dancers, outside of whatever else they did, like acrobatics, high-wire, trapeze. I was born in a circus. ”

- Donald O’Connor

“ What they're doing now with disco is combining a lot of the old steps and movements, like we did in the '40s. They're going back to the Shuffle, the Lindy, rhumbas, a little bit of Afro-Cuban. It's marvelous. Unfortunately, my body won't move that way. ”

- Donald O’Connor

“ What they're doing now with disco is combining a lot of the old steps and movements, like we did in the '40s. They're going back to the Shuffle, the Lindy, rhumbas, a little bit of Afro-Cuban. It's marvelous. Unfortunately, my body won't move that way. ”

- Donald O’Connor

“ Going up the walls doing somersaults, that trick took a couple of days. ”

- Donald O’Connor

“ My brothers and my mother were all dancers, outside of whatever else they did, like acrobatics, high-wire, trapeze. I was born in a circus. ”

- Donald O’Connor

“ Going up the walls doing somersaults, that trick took a couple of days. ”

- Donald O’Connor

“ What they're doing now with disco is combining a lot of the old steps and movements, like we did in the '40s. They're going back to the Shuffle, the Lindy, rhumbas, a little bit of Afro-Cuban. It's marvelous. Unfortunately, my body won't move that way. ”

- Donald O’Connor

“ I'm not a good choreographer: I can't remember what I put down. ”

- Donald O’Connor

“ I'm basically a hoofer, a tap dancer. I was always very good from the waist down, moving with the feet… I became what's known as a total dancer, using the entire body in order to express what you want to express in tap dancing and line. ”

- Donald O’Connor

“ My brothers and my mother were all dancers, outside of whatever else they did, like acrobatics, high-wire, trapeze. I was born in a circus. ”

- Donald O’Connor

“ I'm basically a hoofer, a tap dancer. I was always very good from the waist down, moving with the feet… I became what's known as a total dancer, using the entire body in order to express what you want to express in tap dancing and line. ”

- Donald O’Connor

“ I grew up in vaudeville. All the hoofers used to get together in a drugstore down the street from the theater, or what-have-you, and if they knew a new step they would teach it to you. I learned hoofing steps that way. But going into ballet didn't come until I made those pictures with Kelly. ”

- Donald O’Connor

“ What they're doing now with disco is combining a lot of the old steps and movements, like we did in the '40s. They're going back to the Shuffle, the Lindy, rhumbas, a little bit of Afro-Cuban. It's marvelous. Unfortunately, my body won't move that way. ”

- Donald O’Connor

“ I'm basically a hoofer, a tap dancer. I was always very good from the waist down, moving with the feet… I became what's known as a total dancer, using the entire body in order to express what you want to express in tap dancing and line. ”

- Donald O’Connor

“ I worked with Eddie Cantor, Ed Wynn - one of the greatest comedians and actors that ever lived - and Jimmy Durante. You can't ask for better than that. And it was great format. We had three and a half weeks to work on a show. It was a family-style thing… ”

- Donald O’Connor

“ I'm basically a hoofer, a tap dancer. I was always very good from the waist down, moving with the feet… I became what's known as a total dancer, using the entire body in order to express what you want to express in tap dancing and line. ”

- Donald O’Connor

“ I worked with Eddie Cantor, Ed Wynn - one of the greatest comedians and actors that ever lived - and Jimmy Durante. You can't ask for better than that. And it was great format. We had three and a half weeks to work on a show. It was a family-style thing… ”

- Donald O’Connor

“ Pratfalls are always funny. A performer has to answer to himself. If you think something's funny, you've got to go out there and try. It's only by trial and error that you find out. ”

- Donald O’Connor

“ I worked with Eddie Cantor, Ed Wynn - one of the greatest comedians and actors that ever lived - and Jimmy Durante. You can't ask for better than that. And it was great format. We had three and a half weeks to work on a show. It was a family-style thing… ”

- Donald O’Connor

“ Remember, if you do the same act for 20, 30 years it gets a little boring unless you've got something else going for you… And the orchestra really kept you going. They'd laugh at all your jokes, even if they'd been hearing them for the last 30 years. ”

- Donald O’Connor

“ I grew up in vaudeville. All the hoofers used to get together in a drugstore down the street from the theater, or what-have-you, and if they knew a new step they would teach it to you. I learned hoofing steps that way. But going into ballet didn't come until I made those pictures with Kelly. ”

- Donald O’Connor

“ I didn't smoke. I didn't smoke then, and I don't smoke now. We worked every day - that keeps you in pretty good shape. We could go for a long time in one take. You had to be in good shape with Gene Kelly. ”

- Donald O’Connor

“ They put me in a harness, like a horse, to learn the back somersault. It was weird up there when I put on that harness for the first time. The courage came with practice. ”

- Donald O’Connor

“ I grew up in vaudeville. All the hoofers used to get together in a drugstore down the street from the theater, or what-have-you, and if they knew a new step they would teach it to you. I learned hoofing steps that way. But going into ballet didn't come until I made those pictures with Kelly. ”

- Donald O’Connor

“ I'm basically a hoofer, a tap dancer. I was always very good from the waist down, moving with the feet… I became what's known as a total dancer, using the entire body in order to express what you want to express in tap dancing and line. ”

- Donald O’Connor

“ They put me in a harness, like a horse, to learn the back somersault. It was weird up there when I put on that harness for the first time. The courage came with practice. ”

- Donald O’Connor
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