Gregory Hines

Performer

Male

Born: February 14, 1946
New York, New York, USA

Died: August 9, 2003
Los Angeles, California, USA

Tap-dancing actor-singer Gregory Hines, recognized as part of a rich tradition of African-American tap masters, died Aug. 9, 2003, of cancer, his publicist said. Mr. Hines, who, with his brother Maurice, appeared as an act for several years (including in the musical, Eubie!) before they took separate performance jobs, won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for Jelly's Last Jam, for which he was also nominated for a Best Choreography. He played the title character.

His alternately meditative and explosive choreography was seen in the film, "The Cotton Club," which also featured his brother. In the 1989 film, "Tap," some of Mr. Hines' tap-dance heroes, including Sammy Davis Jr., Sandman Sims, Harold Nicholas and Jimmy Slyde, appeared in the tribute to tap, a tale of a man who cannot escape the dance tradition.

In turn, Mr. Hines was an inspiration to the younger generation of tappers, including Savion Glover, the young wizard who helped created Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk.

Mr. Hines was nominated for Tonys for Best Actor in a Musical in 1980 and 1981, respectively, for Comin' Uptown and Sophisticated Ladies 1981. He was also nommed in 1979 for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Eubie!

Mr. Hines also played a tap-dancing Feste in starred-studded Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night. His co-stars in the 1989 staging were Michelle Pfieffer, Jeff Goldblum and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.

Obituary: He took dramatic roles in the films, "Running Scared," "White Nights" and "Waiting to Exhale." On the TV comedy "Will and Grace," he was Will's boss and Grace's lover (and danced a tap routine on one episode). He also starred in "The Gregory Hines Show."

 

Roles

Playbill Cover - The 56th Annual Tony Awards - 2002 The 56th Annual Tony Awards - 2002
Jun. 2, 2002 - Jun. 2, 2002
Host Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The 50th Annual Tony Awards - 1996 The 50th Annual Tony Awards - 1996
Jun. 2, 1996 - Jun. 2, 1996
Participating Artist Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The 47th Annual Tony Awards - 1993 The 47th Annual Tony Awards - 1993
Jun. 6, 1993 - Jun. 6, 1993
Participating Artist Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Jelly's Last Jam Jelly's Last Jam
Apr. 26, 1992 - Sep. 5, 1993
Jelly Roll Morton Performer
(Original)
 
    Tap Choreography
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The 35th Annual Tony Awards - 1981 The 35th Annual Tony Awards - 1981
Jun. 7, 1981 - Jun. 7, 1981
Participating Artist Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Sophisticated Ladies Sophisticated Ladies
Mar. 1, 1981 - Jan. 2, 1983
Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Comin' Uptown Comin' Uptown
Dec. 20, 1979 - Jan. 27, 1980
Scrooge Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Eubie! Eubie!
Sep. 20, 1978 - Oct. 7, 1979
Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Girl in Pink Tights The Girl in Pink Tights
Mar. 5, 1954 - Jun. 12, 1954
Shoe Shine Boy Performer
(Original)
 
 

Awards


Drama Desk Award

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
1992 Outstanding Actor in a Musical Jelly's Last Jam Winner
1992 Outstanding Choreography Jelly's Last Jam Nominee

Outer Critics Circle

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
1993 Outstanding Actor in a Musical Jelly's Last Jam Nominee
1993 Outstanding Choreography Jelly's Last Jam Winner
1979 Special Award Eubie! Winner

Theatre World

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
1979 Theatre World Award Eubie! Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
1992 Actor in a Musical Jelly's Last Jam Winner
1992 Choreography Jelly's Last Jam Nominee
1981 Actor in a Musical Sophisticated Ladies Nominee
1980 Actor in a Musical Comin' Uptown Nominee
1979 Featured Actor in a Musical Eubie! Nominee
 
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