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Gregory Hines

Biography

Acclaimed touch dancer, singer, and stage and display actor. He earned both a Theatre Desk Honor and a Tony Honor for his efficiency in the 1992 Broadway creation of Jelly’s Last Jam. He started tapping appropriately at age five. He produced his film debut inside a 1981 Mel Brooks humor movie called Background of the Globe, Component 1. He hosted a PBS system known as “Gregory Hines’ Touch Dance in the us.” In 1963, he began a dance troupe along with his brother and dad known as Hines, Hines, and Father. He wedded Pamela Koslow in 1981, got two kids, and got a divorce in 2000. He co-starred with Denzel Washington in the film The Preacher’s Wife.

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Full Name Gregory Hines
Date Of Birth February 14, 1946
Place Of Birth New York City, NY
Height 1.82 m
Profession Dancer
Nationality American
Spouse Pamela Koslow
Children Daria Hines, Zach Hines
Parents Maurice Hines Sr., Alma Hines
Siblings Maurice Hines
Awards Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer In An Animated Program, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special, Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Talent, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Choreographer
Nominations Tony Award for Best Choreography, Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance - Variety Or Music Program, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer In A Children/Youth/Family Special, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing In A Children/Youth/Family Special, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement - Special Class
Movies White Nights, Tap, The Cotton Club, Running Scared, History of the World, Part I, Waiting to Exhale, Renaissance Man, Wolfen, The Preacher's Wife, A Rage in Harlem, Deal of the Century, Off Limits, Bojangles, Eve of Destruction, The Tic Code, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Once in the Life, Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her, Mad Dog Time, The Red Sneakers, The Cherokee Kid, Who Killed Atlanta's Children?, Subway Stories, A Stranger in Town, Dead Air, Bleeding Hearts, White Lie, Good Luck, Parade of Stars, Broadway's Lost Treasures II, Color of Justice, Broadway's Best at Pops, Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photographs of Milt Hinton, T Bone N Weasel, Amazing Stories: The Movie IV, Eubie, White Man's Burden
TV Shows The Gregory Hines Show, Little Bill, Lost at Home, Motown Returns to the Apollo, I Love Liberty, Amazing Stories, Great Performances: Dance in America
Star Sign Aquarius

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1Hope Clarke, Ted L. Levy and he were awarded the 1993 New York Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Choreography in a Musical for "Jelly's Last Jam" on Broadway in New York City.
2He was awarded the 1992 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for Best Actor in a Musical for "Jelly's Last Jam" on Broadway in New York City.
3He was the son of Alma Iola (Lawless) and Maurice Robert Hines. Gregory's father was of African-American background. Gregory's maternal grandparents, Lionel Sidney Lawless and Bernice A. Walker, were from Trinidad and Saint Kitts, respectively. Gregory's mother had Afro-Caribbean, and smaller amounts of Welsh, Portuguese, English, and Irish ancestry.
4Hines made his feature film debut in Mel Brooks' History of the World: Part I (1981). He was a last minute replacement for Richard Pryor, who had to cancel his appearance in the movie due to his freebasing accident.
5Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 248-249. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
6Inducted into the International Tap Dance Hall of Fame in 2004.
7Appeared with Eubie Blake on a 1979 episode of Saturday Night Live (1975), hosted by Gary Busey. He sang two Eubie Blake songs and danced as well.
8Sings on the title track, "So Nobody Else Can Hear", of a recording by legendary jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb (Miles Davis' "Kinda Blue"). Bill Cosby and Freddie Hubbard are also on this record.
9In 1954 he and brother Maurice Hines they were cast in the Broadway musical "The Girl in the Pink Tights".
10"There's nothing better than love" is a duet song he recorded with friend Luther Vandross back in the 80s. Gregory is known for his smooth silky voice and recorded his own self-titled album on Epic/Sony in 1987.
11Won Broadway's 1992 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for "Jelly's Last Jam," for which he also shared a Best Choreographer nomination with Hope Clarke and Ted L. Levy. He was also nominated for Tonys three other times: as Best Actor (Featured Role - Musical) in 1979 for "Eubie!", which he recreated in the television version with the same title, Eubie! (1981); ; and as Best Actor (Musical), in 1980 for "Comin' Uptown" and in 1981 for "Sophisticated Ladies."
12Was considered for the part of "Winston Zeddemore" in Ghostbusters (1984).
13Buried in the family plot of Carmela and Michael Truszyk in St. Volodymyr's Ukrainian Catholic cemetery in Oakville, Ontario, west of Toronto
14When he was in his twenties he worked on a farm.
15His mother's name is Alma.
16Had his professional debut when only 5 years old.
17Was aged six when he and brother Maurice Hines performed, as the Hines Kids, at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem.
18In the late '60s he decided to try his hand at performing rock 'n' roll music, and writing his own songs.
19He and Maurice Hines were cast as brothers in Francis Ford Coppola's The Cotton Club (1984), set in the Harlem club where their grandmother had been one of the elite black entertainers performing for a whites-only audience in the twenties and thirties. Coppola encouraged the brothers to improvise so they based one scene on their real-life reunion in "Eubie!" and admitted the tears were real.
20He had a reunion with brother Maurice Hines when they were both hired for the Broadway musical, "Eubie!" in 1978. It earned him a Tony nomination, as did his role in another musical, "Sophisticated Ladies".
21Has two children: Daria Hines, born in 1971 and Zachary, born in 1983. Also has a stepdaughter, Jessica.
22His own stage show has taken him from New York's Bottom Line to spots as far-flung as Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Japan and Monte Carlo.
23Was the first choice to play the Eddie Murphy role in 48 Hrs. (1982) but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with The Cotton Club (1984).
24He won a Tony in 1992 for "Jelly's Last Jam".
25He grew up as a member of "Hines, Hines, and Dad" with his father, Maurice Hines Sr. and brother, Maurice Hines in a tap dancing act.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Little Bill1999-2004TV SeriesBig Bill
The Root2003/I
Lost at Home2003TV SeriesJordan King
Law & Order2003TV SeriesCarl Halpert
The Red Sneakers2002TV MovieZeke
Santa, Baby!2001TV MovieNoel (voice)
Bojangles2001TV MovieBojangles
Will & Grace1999-2000TV SeriesBen Doucette
Once in the Life2000Ruffhouse
Who Killed Atlanta's Children?2000TV MovieRon Larson
Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her2000Robert (segment "Fantasies About Rebecca")
Blue's Big Treasure Hunt1999Video shortJack (voice)
The Gregory Hines Show1997-1999TV SeriesBen Stevenson
The Tic Code1999Tyrone Pike
Stories from My Childhood1998TV Seriesthe Czar
Color of Justice1997TV MovieReverend Walton
SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground1997TV MovieJack (segment "Manhattan Miracle")
The Cherokee Kid1996TV MovieThe Undertaker Jedediah Turner
The Preacher's Wife1996Joe Hamilton
Mad Dog Time1996Jules Flamingo
Good Luck1996Bernard 'Bern' Lemley
Waiting to Exhale1995Marvin King
A Stranger in Town1995TV MovieBarnes
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1995TV SeriesThe Beast / Prince Koro
Kangaroo Court1994Short
Dead Air1994TV MovieMark Jannek / Jim Sheppard
Renaissance Man1994Sergeant Cass
Sesame Street1993TV Series
T Bone N Weasel1992TV MovieT Bone
White Lie1991TV MovieLen Madison Jr.
A Rage in Harlem1991Goldy
Eve of Destruction1991Colonel Jim McQuade
Tap1989Max Washington
Off Limits1988Albaby Perkins
Running Scared1986Ray Hughes
White Nights1985Raymond Greenwood
Amazing Stories1985TV SeriesFalsworth
Faerie Tale Theatre1985TV SeriesEdgar - Miller's Son
The Cotton Club1984Sandman Williams
The Muppets Take Manhattan1984Roller Skater
Deal of the Century1983Ray Kasternak
Parade of Stars1983TV MovieBill Robinson
Eubie!1981TV Movie
Wolfen1981Whittington
History of the World: Part I1981Josephus
Away We Go1967TV SeriesGuest Performer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Great Performances2004TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 56th Annual Tony Awards2002TV Special performer: "It's a Grand Night for Singing", "New York, New York", "Lullaby of Broadway", "Fugue for Tinhorns", "Heart", "Don't Rain on My Parade", "America"
The 49th Annual Tony Awards1995TV Special performer: "Broadway Songs We've Never Done and Never Will"
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1995TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 46th Annual Tony Awards1992TV Special performer: "That's How You Jazz"
Tap1989performer: "Challenge", "Cheek to Cheek", "Can't Escape The Rhythm"
White Nights1985performer: "There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York"
The Cotton Club1984performer: "Copper Colored Gal"
Parade of Stars1983TV Movie performer: "Doin' the New Low-Down"
The 54th Annual Academy Awards1982TV Special documentary performer: "Lullaby of Broadway", "You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me", "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby", "I Found a Million Dollar Baby in a Five and Ten Cent Store", "Chattanooga Choo Choo", "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe", " You May Not Be an Angel, but I'll String Along with You", "Shuffle Off to Buffalo", "Lulu's Back in Town", "Jeepers Creepers", "Nagasaki", "There Will Never Be Another You", "Forty-Second Street" - uncredited
The 33rd Annual Tony Awards1979TV Special performer: "Hot Feet"
Saturday Night Live1979TV Series performer - 1 episode

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tap1989improvographer
White Nights1985tap improvography
The Cotton Club1984tap improvography

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Red Sneakers2002TV Movie
Bleeding Hearts1994

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bojangles2001TV Movie executive producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
To Her Own Rhythm2015Documentary short post-productionHimself
Actors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony2016TV MovieHimself
Bruce Hornsby & Friends2004TV Movie documentary
Luther Vandross: From Luther with Love - The Videos2004Video documentaryHimself (segment "There's Nothing Better Than Love")
Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photography of Milt Hinton2003DocumentaryHimself
Venice: Lost and Found2002Documentary
The 56th Annual Tony Awards2002TV SpecialHimself - Host & Peformer
8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
33rd NAACP Image Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
It's Black Entertainment2002TV Special documentaryHimself
Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story2002TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Journeys in Black2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Omnibus2001TV Series documentaryHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997-2001TV SeriesHimself
Charlie Rose2001TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts2000TV Special documentaryHimself
Come Get Some: The Women of the WWF1999Video documentaryHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars: America's Greatest Screen Legends1999TV Special documentaryHimself
The Roseanne Show1999TV SeriesHimself
Intimate Portrait1999TV Series documentaryHimself
29th NAACP Image Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Host
The DeMille Dynasty1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Small Steps, Big Strides: The Black Experience in Hollywood1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1997TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade1997TV SpecialHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1997TV SeriesHimself
The 69th Annual Academy Awards1997TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Original Dramatic Score
Signature: George C. Wolfe1997TV MovieHimself
27th NAACP Image Awards1996TV SpecialHimself
Reading Rainbow1996TV SeriesHimself
The 50th Annual Tony Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Choreography
The 49th Annual Tony Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Host & Performer
Baseball1994TV Mini-Series documentarySatchel Paige / Various
In a New Light '941994TV SpecialHimself
The 47th Annual Tony Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Choreography
Bob Hope: The First 90 Years1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1992TV MovieHimself
Great Performances1989-1992TV SeriesHimself
The 46th Annual Tony Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Performer, Nominee: Best Choreography & Winner: Best Leading Actor in a Musical
Dying for a Smoke1992Video documentaryHimself
The Dancing Man1992DocumentaryHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1991TV SpecialHimself
Square One Television1991TV SeriesHimself
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Original Song
Entertainment Tonight1991TV SeriesHimself
The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress / Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy / Musical
Ebony/Jet Showcase1985-1990TV SeriesHimself
Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration1990TV SpecialHimself
The 5th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards1990TV SpecialHimself
The 61st Annual Academy Awards1989TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Original Song
The Arsenio Hall Show1989TV SeriesHimself
21st NAACP Image Awards1989TV SpecialHimself
Soul Train1988TV Series documentaryHimself
Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebratation1988TV Special documentaryHimself
The 42nd Annual Tony Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Direction of a Musical
19th Annual NAACP Image Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Late Night with David Letterman1986TV SeriesHimself
An All-Star Celebration Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.1986TV Movie documentaryHimself
About Tap1985Himself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars1985TV SeriesHimself
Motown Returns to the Apollo1985TV SpecialHimself
6.20 Soul Train1985TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Gene Kelly1985TV Special documentaryHimself
Wogan1985TV SeriesHimself
The 57th Annual Academy Awards1985TV Special documentaryHimself - Presenter: Best Original Song & Best Sound
Night of 100 Stars II1985TV MovieHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1970-1984TV SeriesHimself
Sesame Street1983TV SeriesHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1982TV SpecialHimself
Shirley MacLaine... Illusions1982TV MovieHimself
The 54th Annual Academy Awards1982TV Special documentaryHimself - Performer
I Love Liberty1982TV SpecialHimself
Kids Are People, Too1982TV SeriesHimself
Fridays1982TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host
The 24th Annual Grammy Awards1982TV SpecialHimself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1981TV MovieHimself
Steve Martin's Best Show Ever1981TV SpecialHimself / Lionel Foot
The 35th Annual Tony Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Performer & Nominee: Best Actor in a Musical
Live from Studio 8H: 100 Years of America's Popular Music1981TV Special
The 34th Annual Tony Awards1980TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Musical
Good Morning America1980TV SeriesHimself
The 33rd Annual Tony Awards1979TV SpecialHimself - Performer & Nominee: Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Saturday Night Live1979TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The Mike Douglas Show1972-1978TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Singer / Dancer
Half the George Kirby Comedy Hour1972TV SeriesHimself
The New Bill Cosby Show1972TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1969-1971TV SeriesHimself
The Pearl Bailey Show1971TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters1969-1970TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Palace1969TV SeriesHimself - Dancer / Singer
The Kraft Music Hall1969TV SeriesHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1968-1969TV SeriesHimself
Operation: Entertainment1968TV SeriesHimself
Dream Girl of '671967TV SeriesHimself - Bachelor Judge
Stage Show1956TV SeriesHimself (as the Hines Brothers)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Great Performances2004TV Series
The 76th Annual Academy Awards2004TV SpecialHimself (Memorial Tribute)
Friendly Fire: Making an Urban Legend2003Video documentary shortHimself
Gleason: He's the Greatest1988TV SeriesGuest Tap Dancer
The Best of Gleason 21988TV MovieHimself
¡Qué noche la de aquel año!1987TV SeriesRaymond Greenwood
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter1982TV Movie documentaryActor - 'History of the World, Part 1' (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in an Animated ProgramLittle Bill (1999)
2002Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic SpecialBojangles (2001)
1988Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Motion PictureRunning Scared (1986)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Directing in a Children's SpecialThe Red Sneakers (2002)
2003Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children's SpecialThe Red Sneakers (2002)
2002Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsNetwork/Cable - Best ActorBojangles (2001)
2002ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or MiniseriesBojangles (2001)
2001Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieBojangles (2001)
2001American Comedy AwardAmerican Comedy Awards, USAFunniest Male Guest Appearance in a TV SeriesWill & Grace (1998)
2000OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesWill & Grace (1998)
1998Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesThe Gregory Hines Show (1997)
1996Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Motion PictureWaiting to Exhale (1995)
1989Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety, Music or Comedy ProgramTap Dance in America (1989)· Don Mischer (executive producer)
· Jac Venza (executive producer)
· David J. Goldberg (producer)
· Rhoda Grauer (producer)
1985Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music ProgramMotown Returns to the Apollo (1985)
1982Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement - Special ClassI Love Liberty (1982)


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1He's an accomplished tap dancer and many of his films feature his dancing

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