This is Hermes Pan, best-known as Fred Astaire’s co-choreographer, and also a major babe. He was born in 1910 in Tennessee, although his family was, quite obviously, Greek. (So this means he had all the Greek-god looks with a Southern accent, quite a strange combination, but delicious nonetheless.) He was very interested in dancing from an early age, and his family moved to New York soon afterwards, because they had basically no money. When he grew up, they moved out West, and he became an assistant choreographer in Hollywood. He met Fred on the set of Flying Down to Rio, the first Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers movie, and they became the best of friends.
Did I mention that Hermes won an Oscar in 1937? Heck yeah! And here he is on the set of Top Hat, showing off his moves and impressing the girls. (The girls are all me in a previous life, probably.) Just look at that clothing style - polo shirt with a necktie and those pants! And that smile! Hermes choreographed a lot of dances for Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth, and he danced with them both on film sometimes, too. (I love it when he dances because his hair gets all mussed up and in his face and ugh my heart. <3)
I love his tendency to wear hats and short-sleeved shirts, and chew gum while tap-dancing. He’s incredibly cute and I love him so much, I would’ve married him if I had been born earlier. :) (He died in 1990, about 9 years before I was born. Oh, well.)