- Category : 1911-births
- Type : GE
- Profile : 3/5 - Martyr / Heretic
- Definition : Split - Large
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Tension 1
American actor and tap dancer, nicknamed “Honi,” best known for his role as Tito Suarez in the 1987 hit film Dirty Dancing.
Coles made his Broadway debut in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1949. He also appeared in Bubbling Brown Sugar and My One and Only, for which he received both the Tony and Drama Desk Award for his performance.
During the 1980s, Coles taught dance and dance history at Yale, Cornell, Duke, and George Washington University.
In 1991, Coles was awarded the National Medal of Arts by president George H.W. Bush. Charles Honi Coles died from cancer in New York City on 12 November 1992, aged 81. He was inducted into the Tap Dance Hall of Fame in 2003.