Adolfo “Shabba Doo” Quinones, ‘Breakin’ Star, Dies at 65

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Adolfo Quiñones, the actor, dancer, and choreographer known as Shabba-Doo, has died at the age of 65. Quinones was best known for his performance in 1980s classics Breakin’ and Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, in which he played street artist Ozone.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Quinones’ died Wednesday in Los Angeles. The cause of death is “still pending,” said the actor and dancer’s publicist, Biff Warren.

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Quinones first rose to fame as a founding member of the street dance troupe The Lockers. As part of the group, he performed on Saturday Night Live in 1975 alongside fellow members Fred Berry and Toni Basil. The following year, Quinones performed on comedy series  What’s Happening!!

Quinones’ first major Hollywood role came in 1984 with Breakin’. The film follows a dancer receiving traditional training, Kelly “Special K” Bennett (played by Lucinda Dickey), who meets two street dancers, Ozone and Turbo (played by Quinones and Michael “Boogaloo Shrimp” Chambers), and forms a troupe with them. Quinones reprised the role in sequel film Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, which was released later in 1984.

After rising to fame in the Breakin’ franchise, Quinones went on to appear in various other film and TV projects, including Miami ViceMarried… with Children, and TV movie The Sitter. In 1993, he directed Rave, Dancing to a Different Beat, a musical crime thriller about a dancer who breaks bad. Quinones’ final official role came in 2016 TV movie Operation Zero, although he did write, direct, and appear in 2017 documentary The Kings of Crenshaw.

When he wasn’t in front of the camera, Quinones appeared in music videos and as a touring dancer with some of music’s biggest names. In 1987, the Chicago native was featured as the primary dancer on Madonna’s “Who’s That Girl?” world tour, and he later choreographed several of her videos. Quinones also choreographed Three 6 Mafia’s performance at the 2006 Oscars (the year that the group won Best Original Song for “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp”) and collaborated with Lionel Richie and Luther Vandross.

Where to stream Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo

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