(LOS ANGELES/June 24, 2002) – Bob Talmage, an executive producer, director and choreographer, died March 25 of cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 59. 

Talmage began his career as a principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet in New York City, where his mentors included George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp and Robert Joffrey. Within two years of Talmage joining the Joffrey, Robbins picked him to dance in his ballet "Moves." 

In 1999 Talmage created, staged and choreographed the opening and closing ceremonies of the Woman's World Cup, which featured performances by 'N Sync and Jennifer Lopez. He most recently did the same for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games, Alaska. 

He conceived, produced and staged hundreds of shows for corporations including Nike and the National Football League. 

He staged award-winning commercials for Coca-Cola, McDonalds and Goodyear Tires. TV credits include work on the miniseries "War and Remembrance" plus stints in Paris and at the BBC in London. 

He also created and staged major concert tours and musicvideos for Don Henley, Steve Winwood, Chicago and the Commodores.