Jose De Vega
|Jose De Vega aka Chino|
Jose De Vega appeared on Broadway as the Shark Juano in "West Side Story" in 1959 before appearing as Chino in the film version. He also played Chino once again in a production in Japan, under the direction of Tony Mordente. Other film appearances include "Blue Hawaii," "The Spiral Road," and "A Covenant with Death." He spent four years with the Modern Dance Company of Rome, and returned to the U.S. to choreograph for Great Leap, an Asian-American arts organization in California, which was founded by Nobuko Miyamoto, a fellow cast member of "West Side Story" (who appeared under the name of Joanne Miya.). Of Filipino and Colombian parentage, he devoted much of his life to eliminating stereotypes in the media and promoting Asian-American recognition in film.
|Jay Norman aka Pepe|
Jay Norman was appearing as Juano in the original Broadway production of "West Side Story" when he was called upon to appear in the Broadway engagement of Jerome Robbins' "Ballets USA" for which he was a principal soloist.
He returned to WSS in the role of Pepe, and he appeared as Bernardo in the 1964 New York City Center production and on tour in Europe.
He also appeared on Broadway in "Baker Street," choreographed by Lee Becker Theodore.
He has a number of dancing credits for television, and as a choreographer staged several musicals in Japan, including "My Fair Lady."
|Gus Trikonis aka Indio|
Gus also portrayed Action in the LA production of WSS staged by Tony Mordente. He became a successful television director.
|Eddie Verso aka Juano|
Prior to playing a Shark in the movie, West Side Story, Eddie was Baby John in the London production. Founder and Director of Dance Center of New Jersey .
Jaime Rogers aka Loco
Was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2005 Lester Horton Dance Awards for his teaching/choreography/dance career.
Rudy Del Campo
|Rudy Del Campo aka Del Campo|
Rudy Del Campo has danced in such memorable films as "American in Paris,"Singin' in the Rain," and "Meet Me after the Show," starring Betty Grable. His family's restaurant in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles, Casita Del Campo, features an extensive collection of "West Side Story" memorabilia, with an obvious slant towards the Sharks. Items include photos, letters, comments and ads.
Andre Tayir Chile
|Andre Tayir aka Chile|
Other work: "Shindig", Choreographer.
Performed in Beatles Television Special. Choreographed Jim Nabors Show, Danny Thomas Show, and Tiny Tim Special. Choreographed
Andre also portrayed Burro in the LA production of WSS, staged by Tony Mordente
|Yvonne Wilder aka Conseulo|
Before appearing in the film version of West Side Story, Yvonne was in the original London cast, where she played Teresita and understudied Anita.
|Suzie Kaye aka Rosalia|
Suzie Kaye followed her screen performance in "West Side Story" with several appearances as Anita in stock and touring productions.
She has also appeared in "The Music Man," and has many U.S. television shows to her credit, as well as an illustrious career as a fashion model.
|Joanne Miya aka Francisca|
As Nobuko Miyamoto she founded Great Leap, an Asian-American arts organization in California, which included fellow "West Side Story" cast member, Jose De Vega, on staff. She also appeared on a variety of television shows including I Spy.
Maria Jimenez Henley
Maria Jimenez Henley aka Teresita
In addition to her extensive movie and television dance credits, Maria has served as member and Chair of the AD/SM/PA Council of the Directors Guild of America, as well as Co-Chair of the Guild's Latino Committee.
Her versatile career now includes a screenplay in development and the near-completion of her first book.
Maria also won the Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award
Talya Ferro - Dancer
A sultry singer, and versatile performer, Talya has headlined Royal Caribbean Cruises and resort theatres. Her many television performances include the " Tonight Show with Johnny Carson", "Mike Douglas Show", "The Steve Allen Show", "Murder She Wrote", "Columbo", "Sea Quest", and HBO's "First and Ten". On stage, she has appeared along side Redd Fox, Joan Rivers, Lou Rawls, and many others. Her musical theatre credits include an international tour of "West Side Story", and Los Angeles productions of "Nine" and "Ain't Misbehavin'"
Her one-woman show has appeared in many famous venues throughout the world and she has just released another CD, "Harlem Haunts my Mind" which features John Rodby, Mel Carter, and legendary jazz sax player, Plas Johnson.