Actor-dancer Arthur Duncan

Actor-dancer Arthur Duncan attends a screening during the Los Angeles Film Festival at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles on June 20, 2004. Duncan died on Jan. 4, 2023, at age 97. (Vince Bucci/Getty Images/TNS)

LOS ANGELES — Arthur Duncan, who kept tap dancing visible and relevant across the country on television when most had relegated it to the past and who also broke ground as a Black entertainer, has died at 97.

Duncan was best known for his 18-year run on "The Lawrence Welk Show" as the only Black cast member, and is widely regarded as a trailblazer for a mainstream television variety show. His varied career included appearances on other television shows, in film and in top theater venues around the world.


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