Archie C. Savage was born on April 19, 1914 in Norfolk, Virginia. Savage made a vital contribution to African-American Dance in the United States. Although born Norfolk, Virginia he was raised in New York's Harlem. Archie's first introduction to the world of modern dance came when he joined the "Hemsley Winfield's Dance Troupe" in the 1930's. In 1939, Archie joined the "Katherine Dunham Dance Troupe" and later was a part of a nationwide stage production of "Cabin in the Sky".
He became Ms. Dunham's dance partner and also helped create what is known as the "Afro/Cuban" dance form. He has appeared in 23 films here and abroad and 5 Broadway stage Productions including the original South Pacific.
Archie appeared in only one Euro-western “Death Rides a Horse” (1968).
Savage died on February 4, 2003 in Los Angeles, California at 88 years of age.
Today we remember Archie Savage on what would have been his 100th birthday.