Lester Wilson Biography
Lester Wilson (April 13, 1942 – February 14, 1993) was an American dancer and choreographer. Wilson attended the Juilliard School. Bob Fosse cast him in a 1963 revival of Pal Joey at the New York City Center. Wilson toured London with Sammy Davis, Jr. in
Lester’s best known choreography was the 1977 movie Saturday Night Fever for which he coached John Travolta. Wilson had choreographed for Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Billy Crystal, Liza Minnelli and Ann Margaret, in her Las Vegas stage spectaculars.
In 1991, Wilson was nominated for an American Emmy award for the choreography in the ABC special
American Dance Honors. Lester also choreographed several Broadway musicals, including
Grind with Ben Vereen.
In February of 1993, Lester Wilson died of a heart attack in Los Angeles at the age of 50.