John Taylor, a popular song-and-dance man who created the role of the Kinderman as he performed in a derby and bow tie for children, died of heart disease Saturday at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Columbia.
The Columbia resident was 82.
"Some people tell me I'm lucky, but this career isn't about luck, " Mr. Taylor said in a 2012 interview in The Baltimore Sun, when he received a lifetime achievement award from the Howard County Arts Council. "It's my purpose in life to be doing what I'm doing."
He also said: "Kids don't remember people's names. But they do remember Superman, Batman and Spider-Man. So, I became Kinderman. I even bought an old limo and...