Malcolm M. Drummond was a self-taught hoofer from North Philadelphia. As a boy, he cut the lids off cans, nailed them to his shoes, and tapped for coins on the sidewalk across from City Hall.
His dancing took him to New York, where he performed in musicals like Hello Dolly and also worked as an extra in soap operas. Hollywood beckoned, and Mr. Drummond found steady jobs in the 1980s as a stunt man in movies.
But with his professional highs came personal lows, including a period of cocaine addiction and stretches of homelessness.
Mr. Drummond, 69, was the focus of a story in The Inquirer on Nov. 27, 2008, that described his efforts to rebuild his life. At the time, he was living in housing provided by Christ of Calvary Covenant Church in West Philadelphia and dealing with multiple health issues, including diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.