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Gregory Hines

Lowest Rated:   11% Deal of the Century (1983)
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Birthplace:   New York, New York, USA
Involved in show business since toddlerhood, Gregory Hines has grown up to be a highly acclaimed tap dancer, choreographer, dramatic and comic actor, singer, and director. Hines is the brother of actor/dancer Maurice Hines. When Hines was two, his father employed him in a dance act with his older brothers. The child honed his dancing skills with master tap dancer Henry Le Tang. He was five when his father teamed him with his big brother, Jake, to form the Hines Kids. The brothers spent much of their early careers dancing at the Apollo Theater and learned much from such famed fellow performers as the Nicholas Brothers and Sandman Sims. At age eight, he debuted on Broadway in the musical The Girl in Pink Tights (1954). When the boys reached adolescence, they were called the Hines Brothers. In 1963, they became Hines, Hines and Dad, and started a ten-year stint on the nightclub circuit and on television. They also went abroad. In 1973, he left his brother and father's act to form a jazz-rock group called Severance. He eventually came back to New York, where in 1973, he launched a distinguished Broadway career that garnered him a Tony (for playing Jelly Roll Morton in George C. Wolfe's musical tribute Jelly's Last Jam in 1992), three additional Tony nominations, and a Theater World Award. Hines made his feature-film debut in Mel Brooks' all-star farce The History of the World, Pt. I, replacing an ailing Richard Pryor in the role of Josephus. It was actress Madeline Kahn who suggested Hines for the role. In film, Hines has proven himself a versatile actor and he has starred in everything from musical dramas in which he showed off his dancing ability (The Cotton Club and White Nights, in which he starred opposite ballet superstar Mikhail Baryshnikov), to straight dramas (The Preacher's Wife), comedy (Renaissance Man), sci-fi/horror (Wolfen), and action films (Running Scared). In 1994, Hines made his directorial bow with Bleeding Hearts. He released an album, simply titled Gregory Hines, in 1987. In 1997, he starred in the CBS family comedy The Gregory Hines Show as a single father who has trouble reentering the dating scene. Though that particular series was shortlived, appearances on such popular small screen staples as Will and Grace proved that the years had certainly not dulled Hines comic abilities. In addition, the prepetual entertainer also provided voice work for the Blues Clues adventure Big Blue's Threasure Hunt and the popular children's series Little Bill. Moving into the new millennium Hines appeared in such features as Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (2000) and the made-for-television biopic Bojangles (2001), in which he portrayed the title role of legendary dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. Following a supporting role in the television series Lost at Home, Hines made his final film appearance in the 2003 feature The Root.On August 9, 2003, Gregory Hines died of cancer in Los Angeles. He was 57, and the lights of Broadway were dimmed in his honor three days after his untimely death.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
73% The Cotton Club Encore
  • Actor
2019
No Score Yet Root
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Broadway's Best at Pops
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Luther Vandross: From Luther with Love
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Broadway's Lost Treasures II
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Nick Jr. Celebrates Spring!
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Santa, Baby
  • Noel Davis
2003
No Score Yet The Red Sneakers
  • Director
  • Zeke
2002
No Score Yet Bojangles
  • Bil Bojangles Robinson
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
2001
28% Once in the Life
  • Ruffhouse
2001
75% Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her
  • Robert
2000
No Score Yet Who Killed Atlanta's Children? (Echo of Murder)
  • Ron Larson
2000
75% The Tic Code
  • Tyrone Pike
1998
No Score Yet Subway Stories
  • Jack
1997
No Score Yet Color of Justice
  • Reverend Walton
1997
No Score Yet The Cherokee Kid
  • The Undertaker
1996
60% The Preacher's Wife
  • Joe Hamilton
1996
17% Mad Dog Time
  • Jules Flamingo
1996
No Score Yet Good Luck
  • Bernard `Bern' Lemley
1996
60% Waiting to Exhale
  • Marvin
1995
No Score Yet Bleeding Heart
  • Director
1995
No Score Yet A Stranger in Town
  • Barnes
1995
12% Renaissance Man
  • Sgt. Cass
1994
No Score Yet Dead Air
  • Mark Jannek
1994
No Score Yet T Bone N Weasel
  • T Bone
1992
No Score Yet White Lie
  • Len Madison Jr.
1991
65% A Rage in Harlem
  • Goldy
1991
50% Tap
  • Max Washington
1989
50% Off Limits
  • Albaby Perkins
1988
57% Running Scared
  • Ray Hughes
1986
46% White Nights
  • Raymond Greenwood
1985
77% The Cotton Club
  • Sandman Williams
1984
83% The Muppets Take Manhattan
  • Himself
1984
11% Deal of the Century
  • Ray Kasternak
1983
No Score Yet Eubie!
  • Actor
1982
75% Wolfen
  • Whittington
1981
61% History of the World---Part I
  • Josephus
1981

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Appearing
  • 2005
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Carl Halpert
  • 2003
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998-2006
  • Ben Ben Doucette
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet Blue's Clues
1996-2004
  • Voice
  • 1999
93% The Gregory Hines Show
1997-1998
  • Ben Stevenson
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet Ken Burns' Baseball
1994-2010
  • Voice
  • 1994
No Score Yet Amazing Stories (1985)
1985-1987
  • Actor
  • 1985
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Performer
  • Musical Guest
  • 1979
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Performer

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