By peoplestaff225
Updated October 07, 1997 12:00 AM
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Flamenco dancer and choreographer Jose Greco, 82, who popularized the Spanish dance form on stages, on TV and in movies (“Around the World in 80 Days”), died on Sunday at his home in Lancaster, Pa., a spokesman for Franklin and Marshall College (where Greco taught) told the Associated Press. Once considered the greatest Spanish dancer in the world, Greco, who was born in Italy to Spanish-Italian parents and then raised in Brooklyn, began his career in 1937. He retired in the ’60s, having become so familiar a personality that he was often spoofed on TV by the likes of Ernie Kovacs and others.