Search the Special Collections and Archives Portal

Belfer, Hal, 1922-1999

Description

Harold (Hal) Belfer was a writer, producer, and choreographer whose career spanned over 50 years. Belfer was born on February 16, 1922 in Los Angeles, California and his mother enrolled him in his first dance class at the age of three. Belfer began as a tap dancer and gradually expanded his entertainment career, eventually receiving more than 200 motion picture and television credits for choreography, producing, directing, and staging.

In 1953 Belfer was recruited to come to Las Vegas, Nevada to produce the Lena Horne Show. He stayed in Las Vegas and became entertainment director for both the Flamingo Hotel and the Riviera Hotel before returning to California to be a personal manager for various celebrity entertainers. Belfer worked on movies with Elvis Presley and staged dance numbers for the television shows "Saturday Night Review" and "Colgate Comedy Hour." He produced the first live Liberace television show from Las Vegas.

He was a member of the Director's Guild of America, the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a World War Two Army veteran. Hal Belfer returned to Las Vegas in the 1970s and continued to work until he passed away on March 7, 1999.

Source:

"Producer, choreographer Belfer dies" 1999 March 9. http://lasvegassun.com/news/1999/mar/09/producer-choreographer-belfer-dies/