Hermes Pan, who won an Oscar and an Emmy for choreography in a career that included designing dance steps for Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, water ballets for Esther Williams and Cleopatra's grand entrance into Rome, has died. He was 79.
Pan died Wednesday at his home, his niece, Michelene Laski said Thursday. The cause of death was not given.Pan won his Academy Award in 1938 for the "Fun House" dance sequence in Astaire's "Damsel in Distress." The Emmy came in 1959 for his work on the TV special "Astaire Time: An Evening With Fred Astaire."
Pan choreographed more than 50 movies, working with such stars as Betty Grable, Cyd Charisse and Dan Dailey. He also designed swimming routines for Williams and ice dances for Sonja Henie.
He also staged Elizabeth Taylor's entrance into Rome in the 1963 movie "Cleopatra," calling it the "greatest responsibility of my career" because of the expense involved.