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Robert Paul Barbara Wagner
Robert Paul
Credits
Role Skating Instructor
Biographical Information
Birthdate June 2, 1930
Birthplace Toronto, Ontario, Canada[1]
Death Date January 2011

Robert Paul played Tabitha and Samantha's Skating Instructor in the eighth season episode, "Samantha on Thin Ice" (1972). He was credited as Bob Paul.

Biography[]

Figure skater Robert Paul, alongside his partner [Barbara Wagner], was the dominant Canadian male pair skater in the late 1950s and into the 1960s. They had started to skate together when Paul was thirteen and they were Canadian champions for five consecutive years (1955-1960), North American champions for three (1957-1959), world champions for four (1957-1960) and, after finishing sixth at the 1956 Winter Olympics, capped off their career with a gold medal in pairs at the 1960 Games. They had also competed at the 1955 and 1956 World Championships, finishing fifth both times. He was the flagbearer for Canada in the opening ceremonies for these Olympics and, having won Canada's top athlete award, the Lou Marsh Trophy, in 1959 with Wagner, he retired that year. They continued their partnership from 1961 through 1964, however, as professional skaters with the Ice Capades.

He then moved to Los Angeles in an attempt to become an actor and joined the cast of television's Bewitched as a skating teacher. In order to survive financially in California he had to teach skating on the side and ended up mentoring future Olympic gold medalist [Peggy Flemming]. He also found work as a choreographer, becoming one of figure skating's first specialists in the field. He guided the performances of many stars including Flemming and another future gold medalist [Dorothy Hamill], in addition to working on the Donny and Marie Osmond show. He worked a total of sixteen years (1970-1986) with the Walt Disney Corporation on their skating productions as the director of choreography and also as a talent scout.

He was made a member of the Canada Sports Hall of Fame in 1957, the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Canadian Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1994.[2]

References[]

  1. Robert Paul on the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on April 1, 2020.
  2. Robert Paul biography on Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved on April 1, 2020.
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