While many films leave background dancers unidentified or simply credited as "background dancer # 1," the dancers in "Grease" were given names such as Bart, Bubba, Moose, and Sauce. Marty, played by Dinah Manoff, apparently lacks rhythm and cannot dance, thus we don't see her in any big dance performances. However, she does get to sing on several songs including the hit "You're the One That I Want". Bart is played by Jeff Bogard (the former captain of the Japanese fighting game company SNK who now hosts his own podcast). He's also been seen in other movies such as The Punisher and Suicide Squad. Bart seems to have some experience with dancing since he gets quite a few lines of dialogue throughout the film.
Moose is played by Matt Steffens, a friend of Bogard's from back in the day when they both trained at the famous Hollywood Dance Center. It's possible that Moose contributed some moves to some of the dances since he appears to know what he's doing. He gets a couple of scenes where he has to save Marty from certain death so it looks like he's becoming a hero too!
Sauce is played by David L. Miller, another friend of Bogard's from back in the day when they both used to train at the Hollywood Dance Center. Like Moose, he seems to have some experience with dancing since he gets to commentate on some of the performances along with Bart.
All of the dancers in the backdrop were identified. These names may have been chosen by their costume designer or director.
Bart was played by Bart Howard. He was a former football player who went on to become one of the most popular dancers in West Side Story. Bart made his film debut in this movie and later became one of its biggest stars. He died in a car accident in 1959 at the age of 27.
Moose was played by Michael Alago. He was a high school student when he started dancing in "Grease". After finishing "Grease", he went on to study business administration and now works as a financial manager. He has also appeared on television shows such as "Boy Meets World" and "That '70s Show".
Sauce was played by Robert Carrea. After finishing "Grease", he went on to study medicine and now works as an orthopedic surgeon. He has appeared in other movies such as "The Idol" and "Death Sentence".
Bubba was played by David Mendenhall.
Murdoch, Kenickie Kenickie Murdoch (born 1941) is a major character in Grease. He is Danny Zuko's best buddy and the T-Birds' Second-in-Command. He is Betty Rizzo's boyfriend.
He was a dancer and actor from the United States. He is most remembered for his role in the 1978 film Grease as Leo (Craterface), the Scorpions' gang boss. In addition, he danced in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. He became infected with HIV in 1993 and died of AIDS complications in 1994.
Henry Winkler portrayed Fonzie, the most renowned greaser on television, and he came close to playing Danny Zuko, the most famous greaser in film history. Winkler, on the other hand, declined the main part in Grease for a very precise reason. He's also spoken up about his affections for Grease's lead star, John Travolta. "I turned it down because I didn't want to do it unless they made John Travolta's character gay," he said. "And they did."
Winkler was right about Travolta being gay, but he misunderstood the nature of the part. As it turns out, he wasn't asked to play a gay man - he was asked to play a teen idol who happens to be gay.
Travolta was one of many actors who had been approached by Paramount Pictures with offers to play the part of Danny Zuko. Most people assumed that he would accept the part immediately since he was such a big fan of the movie and its soundtrack. But even though Travolta could have played Danny any time he wanted to, he decided not to until after Winkler had turned him down.
In fact, Travolta was so sure that Winkler would never say yes that he made his own offer: if Paramount would give him top billing before and after every scene that he's in, he'll play Danny Zuko.
Simcox, Patricia "Patty" Patience "Patty" Simcox appears in the 1978 film Grease. She is a corny do-good cheerleader who is both gorgeous and intellectual, yet Rizzo refers to her as the "bad seed of Rydell High." Her character is very important to the plot of the movie; when she dies at the end, there is a long pause before the main title sequence begins.
Simcox's role was originally intended for a young actress named Michelle Pfeiffer, but she turned it down because she wanted more money. Therefore, they had to rewrite some parts of the script so that Patty could still appear in the movie; these scenes were filmed during the last week of shooting. The filmmakers decided to use these extra shots because they felt that it helped make the story more realistic. These scenes show us what happened to Patty after Rizzo dumps her; she tries to commit suicide by throwing herself under a subway train, but she gets rescued at the last minute. After this incident, she decides not to let anything bad happen to her again and moves to New York City with her father. There she meets up with another former Rydell student named Sandy (O'Connor), and they become friends once again.
Several years later, in 1986, O'Connor again starred in a movie called Teen Witch. This time, her character uses magic to become a teenager.
The story shifts to the commencement of the senior year at Rydell High School. Danny, a greaser, is a member of the T-Birds, along with his best friend Kenickie, Doody, Sonny, and Putzie. The Pink Ladies, Rizzo, Frenchy, Marty, and Jan, also come. There are other characters such as Pudge, who is a fat boy in the school who becomes friends with Danny; and Connie, who is dating Danny's brother Tommy.
During the first scene of the play, which takes place on the morning of the first day of school, all the students are waiting in line for the headmaster to give out their groups. This forms a large part of the humor throughout the rest of the play. For example, when Rizzo tries to join the Pink Ladies, they tell her that they're too popular and need more girls like them. She then decides to try to fit in by wearing pink lipstick and clothes.
Later on, during the second act, it is revealed that most of the characters belong to different gangs. For example, Danny is a greaser and a member of the T-Bird gang, while Frank (another greaser) is a member of the Blackouts, who hang around after hours at the park where they meet up with other kids who have left their gangs.
Finally, in the third act, it is revealed that many of the characters are just plain crazy.
Patricia Birch is a dancer and choreographer. Patricia Birch, a choreographer, was honored for her contributions to both the stage and movie versions of Grease on Thursday night, when the original 1978 picture showed in 35mm at the Metrograph as part of the Academy's ongoing residency. The film will be shown again on January 24 at 7:30 p.m., with a conversation following with its stars, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
Birch has been called "the queen of disco" for her work with Giorgio Moroder on many of the most important songs of the 1970s, including "I Feel Love," "Love Is the Message" and "More." She has also choreographed numerous films, including Flashdance, Jurassic Park, and Elf. In addition to her work in Hollywood, she has been involved with several productions on Broadway, including Colette, Afternoon of a Faun, and The Pajama Game.
Grease was a huge success when it was released in 1978. The soundtrack sold more than 20 million copies and the movie made over $150 million at the box office. Its popularity continues today; the original film has been viewed by millions of people around the world.
Birch received a special award from the Academy on Thursday night.