WHO IS THAT BEACH BOY?

I had a few inquiries about Christopher Riordan, pictured in my previous Blog. He was an accomplshed dancer who was hand picked by Fred Astaire to replace him as Barrie Chase’s dance partner in the early Sixties. To make some extra dough to support his son, Christopher began working without credit as a dancer in a number of TV shows and Elvis, beach, and teenage exploitation movies such as Viva Las Vegas, Looking for Love, Get Yourself a College Girl, A Swingin’s Summer, The Girls on the Beach, etc. AIP took notice of his dancing ability and hired him (again without screen credit) to work as the assistant to its resident choreographer on Ski Party, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini, and The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini. Due to Annette Funicello’s insistence, he was hired as lead choreographer on Fireball 500.

By the late Sixties, Riordan was finally landing supporting roles in such camp classics as The Gay Deceivers, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, and The Curious Female. Today he is still very active in show business and most recently turned up in an episode of Ugly Betty produced by one of his sons.

 

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