In "Fosse/Verdon," a new FX series, Rockwell plays Bob Fosse, a dancer and choreographer turned director known for films such as "Cabaret" and "All That Jazz." It helps that Rockwell is also, sort of, a dancer. "I was simply messing around," he explained. "I don't know if I'd call it dancing." Still, it's clear from watching him at work that Fosse was a great dancer before he became a filmmaker. He has many memorable scenes in "Fosse/Verdon," including one where he breaks into a hot jazz number after learning that his wife (Greta Gerwig) has been having an affair with their son's music teacher.
Here are five more famous actors who have danced on stage:
Sam Elliott - In "The Big Heat," Elliott dances with the woman who will become his wife. After the show, he tells her: "That was some pretty good dancing you did back there. You see, I can still keep up with you."
Charles Dance - From time to time, the actor playing Tyrion Lannister on "Game of Thrones" gets onstage with other performers to take part in a sword fight or two. Most recently, this happened during a concert performance of "Thy Kingdom Come" by the Royal Academy of Dancing.
Michael Jackson was regarded as one of the most talented jazz dancers of the last 50 years. With the spectacular theatrical and cinematic revivals of "Chicago," Bob Fosse's jazz choreography has resurfaced. Fosse said, "I learned more from watching Michael Jackson dance than I ever will learning from any teacher."
He is credited with creating a new style of dancing that fused jazz, tap, and ballet together. He also is said to have invented his own language while dancing.
Jackson took classical training and added his own unique style to it. This makes him a jazz dancer.
He first gained recognition in 1979 when he appeared on an episode of "Saturday Night Live" performing "Rock With You". The song became a hit the following year.
Since then, he has gone on to win several awards including two Grammys, six American Music Awards, and three MTV Video Music Awards.
Looking at his art, it can be said that he achieved everything that he set out to do. He entertained millions of people all over the world with his music and dance.
However, not everyone appreciated his work. In 2005, he was accused of sexually abusing children and came under intense media scrutiny.
Jordan Fisher has spent his whole life preparing to be the lead in a dance film. The professional dancer spent his youth studying dance movie choreography, notably that of You Got Served, and developing his trade. He was even awarded a scholarship to study at New York's American Ballet Theatre school.
However, after losing his leg in an accident involving a skateboard, he had to give up dancing forever. But now he's back doing what he does best: playing a character on screen named "Dancer #3".
He has also appeared in other films and television shows including Stomp the Yard, How to Dance, and Bones.
Check out these other famous dancers too!
Keke Palmer - actress Known for her role as De'Nada Jefferson on Tyler Perry's House of Payne, Keke has been dancing since she was five years old. She studied ballet and jazz before graduating from high school then went on to study theater at Howard University in Washington, DC. Today, she continues to work on stage and screen with many of your favorite TV shows including Scandal, Black-ish, and Girl Meets World.
Larissa Diadiun - actress and model Larissa Diadiun is a German-born actress who has appeared in various movies and television shows.
Rockwell's role in "Don Verdean" was inspired by Philip Seymour Hoffman. The brand of comedy from the filmmaker of "Napoleon Dynamite" may have allowed Rockwell to portray the character in his normal exuberant way, but he chose a more muted approach. Partially because he had recently lost one of his closest pals.
Sam Rockwell has been involved in many films, but has never received any award for his work. However, he has been nominated several times and has won some awards too. He first came to public attention while playing Matt Damon's friend in the film "Thank You for Smoking". Since then, he has appeared in many other movies including "Clouds of Sils Maria", "The Way Back", and most recently "Uncut Gems".
He has also worked with famous artists on various projects including Paul Thomas Anderson who directed him in "There Will Be Blood" and "Magnolia". They became good friends after working together on that movie project and continued their relationship through various other collaborations including "The Master".
Now, it is known that Rockwell has been living in a cabin on Verdean Ranch near Toluca Lake in Los Angeles since 2006. The owner of the ranch - which is not a well-known person - allows filmmakers to use it for sets.