The Hollywood Dazzler
CLEVELAND, OH – As 2021 comes to an end, we find ourselves saying goodbye to a legend, Mr. Maurice Cooke, known to us as The Hollywood Dazzler. Maurice had a passion for skating and he turned his love into entertainment for the masses.
His dance specialties included Soft-Shoe, Tap, Waltz, Polka, Swing, Latin and other styles of artistic expression on skates. He also performed tricks such as jump roping and playing basketball. When he was not in front of the camera performing, you could find him behind the lens producing, directing, choreographing routines and casting for programs, events, shows and video. He appeared on many television shows, most notably, Skatetown U.S.A. and the Gong Show where he was proclaimed the winner.
In addition to television shows he also performed live at the Apollo, Hollywood Palladium, The Forum and other entertainment venues throughout New York, Texas, California, Ohio, Michigan and Canada. His resume includes working with well-known celebrities including Jim Brown, Marla Gibbs, Shari Lewis and Lambchop, Soupy Sales, Donna Summers, Ike and Tina Turner, Dione Warwick Patti LaBelle and New Edition.
One of Maurice’s greatest contributions to skating was his work with children. He produced a roller skating extravaganza for the Little Hollywood Dazzlers, a professional troupe of kids, ages 6 to 10. They performed shows where they exhibited tricks on skates including basketball, knee slides, moonwalking, the splits and more.
The Hollywood Dazzler will be missed by skaters far and wide by people of all ages. He left a legacy of hope, professionalism and perseverance fueled by his love for skating. Maurice Cook was 82 years old.