Condolences: R.I.P. Shabba-Doo Adolfo Gutierrez Quiñones (May 11, 1955 – December 30, 2020)

Adolfo Gutierrez Quiñones or Adolfo Gordon Quiñones (sources differ) (May 11, 1955 – December 30, 2020), known professionally as ShabbaDoo, was an American actor, dancer, and choreographer of African American and Puerto Rican descent.

He played Ozone in the two ‘Breakin’ ‘ films and worked with everyone from Frank Sinatra and Bette Midler to Madonna and Three 6 Mafia.

Adolfo Quiñones, the admired actor, dancer and choreographer known as Shabba-Doo who specialized in the art of locking and portrayed the street artist Ozone in the two Breakin’ movies of the 1980s, has died. He was 65.

Dubbed “hip-hop’s first matinee idol” by Dance Magazine, Quiñones died late Tuesday night at his home in Los Angeles. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, his publicist, Biff Warren, noted that the dancer had tested negative for COVID-19, but “the next day he’s dead. It opens up all kinds of questions.”

Raised in a housing project in Chicago, Quinones was a founding member of the famed street-dance troupe The Lockers, and he appeared with other members including Fred Berry (Rerun from What’s Happening!!) and Toni Basil on Saturday Night Live in 1975.

Quiñones also appeared in such films as Xanadu (1980), Tango & Cash (1989), Lambada (1990) and choreographed the 2007 film Kickin’ It Old Skool, starring Jamie Kennedy and Maria Menounos. He had worked with Kennedy on the 2006 MTV series Blowin’ Up.

Survivors include his sister, a daughter and a son.

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