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Willie Bryant

Willie Bryant was highly regarded as an all-around performer although he and Leonard Reed became headliners as a dance act. Like many performers, Bryant had a number of acts and partners. In the Whitman shows long, tall Willie was paired with dancer Princess Pee Wee, barely over three feet tall. He, too, became a bandleader and an emcee at the Apollo Theatre in later years, and when he and Leonard Reed appeared on the same bill they teamed up for comedy.