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Nick Vanoff

Nick Vanoff

October 25, 1929
Macedonia, Greece

March 20, 1991 (1991-03-21) (aged 61)
Los Angeles, California

Cause of death
cardiac arrest

Beverly Hills, California


Dancer, producer, philanthropist

Felisa Vanoff

Nicholas Vanoff
Flavio Vanoff

Nick Vanoff (October 25, 1929 – March 20, 1991) was a dancer, producer and philanthropist.


1 Early life
2 Career
3 Personal life
4 Death
5 References

Early life[edit]
Vanoff was born in Macedonia, Greece.[1][2][3] He grew up in Buffalo, New York.[1] He served in the United States Marine Corps,[1] and, shortly after, studied directing with Theodore Komisarjevsky in New York City.[1]
Vanoff started his career as a dancer in Charles Weidman’s Dance Theatre. Later, he was a lead dancer for the New York City Opera.[1][2][4] He was also a dance in the Kiss Me, Kate Broadway musical.[1][2]
Vanoff was a cue card holder on the The Perry Como Show and later became its associate producer.[1][2] Together with William O. Harbach, he co-produced The Tonight Show, when Steve Allen was the host.[1][2] Additionally, he created and produced the Kennedy Center Honors.[4] In the 1960s, he produced more than ten hours of television every week, including shows with Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Don Knotts, Milton Berle and Sonny and Cher.[1][2] A few decades later, in 1985, he produced the film Eleni.[1][2]
Vanoff won a Tony Award for Best Musical in 1990 for his production of the City of Angels musical on Broadway.[1][2] Additionally, he won five Emmy Awards as a producer for: The Julie Andrews Hour in 1973, The Kennedy Center Honors in 1984, 1987 and 1989, and Julie Andrews’s special, The Sound of Christmas, in 1988.[1][2] In 1990, he was named Showman of the Year by the Publicists Guild of America (which later merged into the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees).[1][2]
Vanoff was a founding director of the Foundation for the Joffrey Ballet.[1][2] He also sat on the Board of Directors of the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles.[2]
Personal life[edit]
Vanoff was married to Felisa Vanoff (1925-2014).[2][4] They had two sons, Nicholas and Flavio.[1][2][4] They resided in Beverly Hills, California.[4]
Vanoff died of cardiac arrest at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.[1][2][3] He was sixty-one.[1] His funeral was held at the Church of the Good Shephe