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Alton Ruff
Alton Ruff
Credits
Roles Lance
Dancer
Biographical Information
Full Name Willard Alton Ruff, Jr.
Birthdate September 1, 1930
Birthplace Carrizo Springs, Texas, United States
Death Date February 1, 2018 (age 87)
Death Place Riverside, California, United States

Alton Ruff played Minerva's third husband Lance in "What's Wrong With Mister Right?". He was also a dancer in the Pizza University television commercial in the same episode.

Biography[]

Willard Alton Ruff, Jr. was born on September 1, 1930, in Carrizo Springs, Texas, to father, Willard Alton Ruff (1898-1949), and mother, Irene Mable Moore Ruff (1901-1999).

Ruff was a dancer, choreographer and actor. His Broadway dance credits included the original productions of The Pajama Game (1954), Hit the Trail (1954), New Girl in Town (1957), Redhead (1959) and The Happiest Girl in the World (1961). He was also a dancer in the national tour of Oklahoma (1952).

On television his dance credits included Calamity Jane (1963), The Garry Moore Show (1963-1964), The Red Skelton Hour (1968), NBC Follies (1973) and The Carol Burnett Show (1967-1978). He was a dancer in three Academy Awards specials - the 39th in 1967, 45th in 1973 and the 48th in 1976. He danced in two Mitzi Gaynor television specials, Mitzi (1968) and the Second Special (1969).

His dance credits in film included Mame (1974), Funny Lady (1975), Pennies from Heaven (1981), The Sting II (1983) and Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995).

He was the choreographer for The Sting II and assistant choreographer for both Mitzi specials.

Alton Ruff died on February 1, 2018, in Riverside, California, aged 87. He was survived by his husband, Randy Doney.

Sources[]

  • Alton Ruff on the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on February 11, 2022.
  • "Alton Ruff, Junior", 1940 Census, Ancestry.com. Retrieved on February 12, 2022.
  • Willard Alton Ruff, memorial (death place), Trident Society, 2018. Retrieved on February 11, 2022.
  • Sleepy Hill. "Willard Alton Ruff", father's memorial, Findagrave.com, December 6, 2011. Retrieved on February 11, 2022.
  • Sleepy Hill. "Irene Mable Ruff", mother's memorial, Findagrave.com, December 6, 2011. Retrieved on February 11, 2022.
  • "Alton Ruff Broadway and Theatre Credits", Broadway World. Retrieved on February 11, 2022.
  • Gaynor, Mitzi. "Pretty for Me", Facebook post (spouse), Official Facebook Page for Mitzi Gaynor, December 10, 2019. Retrieved on February 11, 2022.
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