Ray Arnett, Choreographer and Stage Director, Dies at 97

Ray Arnett - P 2015
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Ray Arnett - P 2015

He was best known for his work with pianist Liberace.

Ray Arnett, choreographer and longtime producer and stage director for pianist Liberace, has died. He was 97.

Arnett died in the company of friends in Beverly Hills on March 12, his attorney friend, Kalman S. Zempleny II, has confirmed.

The choreographer performed stage shows with actress Mae West earlier in his career and served as the stage director and producer for Liberace's many sold-out performances beginning in the 1950s. He is known for introducing Liberace to former partner Scott Thorson.

Arnett was portrayed by comedian Tom Papa in HBO's Behind the Candelabra, a dramatized telling of the later years of Liberace's personal life and relationship with Thorson that was released in 2013.