Daniel Giagni Jr., (October 25, 1924 – July 7, 2017), known as Danny Daniels, was an American choreographer, tap dancer, and teacher.
Daniels was a featured dancer in several 1940s Broadway musicals, including Billion Dollar Baby, Street Scene, and Kiss Me, Kate. Although he continued performing during the 1950s and after, including a tour with the Agnes de Mille Dance Theatre, Daniels quickly moved into choreography for stage, film, and television. He won a Tony Award and an Astaire Award in 1984 for The Tap Dance Kid and received three more Tony nominations for High Spirits, Walking Happy, and the 1967 revival of Annie Get Your Gun.
Daniels' notable film choreography credits include Pennies from Heaven (1981), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968), and Zelig (1983). He also choreographed the dance sequences and dubbed the tap sound effects for the movie musical Stepping Out (1991) starring Liza Minnelli. For television he worked on The Judy Garland Show (1963), as well as specials featuring performers such as Gene Kelly and Danny Kaye. In 1952, he created the Tap Dance Concerto with composer Morton Gould.
Daniels' students included Christopher Walken.
Daniels died on July 7, 2017 at the age of 92.
Filmography as performer
|1964||Woman of Straw||Fenton|
|1965||Curse of Simba||Simbaza|
|1968||Dark of the Sun||General Moses|
|1969||The Oblong Box||Witchdoctor|
|1970||Carry on Up the Jungle||Nosha Chief|
|1987||The Outing||Dr. Theo Bressling|
|1994||Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult||Cabbie #3|
|1995||Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls||Wachootoo Witch Doctor||(final film role)|