Len Goodman, the renowned English dance expert and former judge on ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ passed away at 78.
Following a courageous battle with bone cancer, he died on Saturday in a hospice in Kent, southern England.
His manager, Jackie Gill, confirmed the news and stated that Goodman was surrounded by his family at the time of his passing.
Born in London in 1944, Len Goodman began his dance journey at 19. He had a successful career as a professional dancer before transitioning to television.
Goodman became a household name after serving as the head judge on BBC’s “Strictly Come Dancing,” the British version of “Dancing With the Stars,” from its inception in 2004.
He made his final appearance on the show during the 2016 Christmas Day special, after which Shirley Ballas took over the role.
Millions will fondly remember Goodman’s legacy as a dance legend and warm-hearted entertainer of fans worldwide.
Len Goodman’s achievements span his professional dance career, television appearances, and entrepreneurial ventures.
Some of his notable accomplishments include:
- Professional dance career: Len Goodman was a successful professional dancer specializing in ballroom and Latin dance. He competed in various prestigious competitions and won the British Championships in Exhibition Dance.
- Television appearances: Goodman gained widespread recognition for his role as a head judge on popular dance competition shows like BBC’s “Strictly Come Dancing” (2004-2016) and the U.S. version “Dancing With the Stars” (2005-2016).
- Goodman Dance Academy: Len established the Goodman Dance Academy in Kent, England, where he trained and inspired countless aspiring dancers.
- Author: Goodman authored several books, including his 2009 autobiography, “Better Late Than Never: From Barrow Boy to Ballroom,” “Dancing Around Britain,” and “Lost London.” These books showcase his passion for dance, travel, and history.
- Recognition: Len Goodman received widespread acclaim and love from audiences and fellow professionals alike for his warm personality, expertise, and contributions to the dance world.
Through his achievements, Len Goodman has left an indelible mark on the dance community, inspiring generations of dancers and fans worldwide.