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Gregory Oliver Hines (February 14, 1946 – August 9, 2003) was an American dancer, actor, singer, and choreographer.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Death 5 Awards and nominations 6 Filmography 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

Early life[edit] Hines was born in New York City on February 14, 1946, the son of Alma Iola (Lawless) and Maurice Robert Hines, a dancer, musician, and actor.[1] Hines began tapping when he was two years old, and began dancing semi professionally at the age of five. After that, he and his older brother Maurice performed together, studying with choreographer Henry LeTang. Gregory and Maurice also learned from veteran tap dancers, such as Howard Sims and The Nicholas Brothers, whenever they performed in the same venues. The two brothers were known as "The Hines Kids", making nightclub appearances, and later as "The Hines Brothers". When their father joined the act as a drummer,[2] the name changed again in 1963 to "Hines, Hines, and Dad". Career[edit] Hines performed as the lead singer and musician in a rock band called Severance, between the years of 1975 to 1976, based in Venice, California. Severance was one of the house bands at an original music club called Honky Hoagies Handy Hangout, otherwise known as the 4H Club. Severance released their debut album on Largo Records (a subsidiary of GNP Crescendo) in 1976. In 1986, he sang a duet with Luther Vandross, entitled "There's Nothing Better Than Love", which reached the No. 1 position on the Billboard R&B charts.[3] Hines made his movie debut in Mel Brooks's History of the World, Part I. Critics took note of Hines's comedic charm, and he later appeared in such movies as The Cotton Club, White Nights, Running Scared alongside Billy Crystal, Tap, and Waiting to Exhale. On television, he starred in his own series in 1997 called The Gregory Hines Show on CBS, as well as in the recurring role of Ben Doucette on Will & Grace. In 1999, he would return to voice Big Bill, in Nick Jr.'s television show Little Bill. In 2000, he starred in The Tic Code. Hines made his Broadway debut with his brother in The Girl in Pink Tights in 1954. He earned Tony Award
Tony Award
nominations for Eubie! (1979), Comin' Uptown (1980), and Sophisticated Ladies
Sophisticated Ladies
(1981), and won the Tony Award
Tony Award
and Drama Desk Award for Jelly's Last Jam (1992) and the Theatre World Award for Eubie!. In 1989, Gregory Hines created "Gregory Hines' Tap Dance in America," which he also hosted. The PBS special featured seasoned tap dancers such as Savion Glover
Savion Glover
and Bunny Briggs. He also co hosted the Tony Awards ceremony in 1995 and 2002.[4][5] In 1990, Hines visited his idol, Sammy Davis, Jr., as he was dying of throat cancer, unable to speak. After Davis died, an emotional Hines spoke at Davis's funeral of how Sammy had made a gesture to him, "as if passing a basketball … and I caught it." Hines spoke of the honor that Sammy thought that Hines could carry on from where he left off.[6] Hines was an avid improviser. He did a lot of improvisation of tap steps, tap sounds, and tap rhythms alike. His improvisation was like that of a drummer, doing a solo and coming up with all sorts of rhythms. He also improvised the phrasing of a number of tap steps that he would come up with, mainly based on sound produced. A laid back dancer, he usually wore nice pants and a loose fitting shirt. Although he inherited the roots and tradition of the black rhythmic tap, he also influenced the new black rhythmic tap, as a proponent. "'He purposely obliterated the tempos,' wrote tap historian Sally Sommer, 'throwing down a cascade of taps like pebbles tossed across the floor. In that moment, he aligned tap with the latest free form experiments in jazz and new music and postmodern dance.'"[7] Throughout his career, Hines wanted and continued to be an advocate for tap in America. In 1988, he successfully petitioned the creation of National Tap Dance Day, which is now celebrated in 40 cities in the United States. It is also celebrated in eight other nations. Gregory Hines was on the board of directors of Manhattan Tap, he was a member of the Jazz Tap Ensemble, and a member of the American Tap Foundation (formerly the American Tap Dance Orchestra). He was a good teacher, influencing tap dance artists Savion Glover, Dianne Walker, Ted Levy, and Jane Goldberg.[7] In an interview with The New York Times
The New York Times
in 1988, Hines said that everything he did was influenced by his dancing: "my singing, my acting, my lovemaking, my being a parent."[7] Personal life[edit] Hines' marriages to Patricia Panella and Pamela Koslow ended in divorce. He had two children — a son, Zach, and a daughter, Daria, as well as a stepdaughter, Jessica Koslow, and a grandson. Death[edit] Hines died of liver cancer on August 9, 2003, en route to the hospital from his home in Los Angeles. He had been diagnosed with the disease more than a year earlier, but had informed only his closest friends. At the time of his death, production of the television show Little Bill was ending, and he was engaged to Negrita Jayde.[8] Hines is interred at Saint Volodymyr's Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, the country in which he met Jayde.[9] Jayde, who died from cancer as well on August 28, 2009 at the age of 51, is buried next to him.[10] Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards

1979 Theatre World Award—Eubie! 1992 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actor in a Musical—Jelly's Last Jam 1992 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Musical—Jelly's Last Jam 1988 Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture—Running Scared 1998 Flo-Bert Award—Lifetime Achievement in Tap Dance by the New York Committee To Celebrate National Tap Dance Day 2002 Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special—Bojangles 2003 Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program —Little Bill

Nominations

1979 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Featured Actor in a Musical—Eubie! 1980 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actor in a Musical—Comin' Uptown 1981 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actor in a Musical—Sophisticated Ladies 1982 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement—Special Class—I Love Liberty 1985 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program—Motown Returns to the Apollo 1989 Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program—Tap Dance in America 1992 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Choreography—Jelly's Last Jam 1992 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Choreography—Jelly's Last Jam 1995 Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture—Waiting to Exhale 1998 American Comedy Awards Funniest Male Guest Appearance in a TV Series—Will & Grace 1998 Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series—The Gregory Hines Show 2001 Black Reel Awards Network/Cable Best Actor—Bojangles 2001 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie—Bojangles 2001 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries—Bojangles 2003 Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special—The Red Sneakers 2003 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children's Special—The Red Sneakers

Filmography[edit]

History of the World, Part I
History of the World, Part I
(1981) — Josephus Wolfen (1981) — Whittington Deal of the Century
Deal of the Century
(1983) — Ray Kasternak The Muppets Take Manhattan
The Muppets Take Manhattan
(1984) — Roller Skater The Cotton Club (1984) — Sandman Williams White Nights (1985) — Raymond Greenwood Faerie Tale Theatre: "Puss in Boots" (1985) Amazing Stories: (TV) "The Amazing Falsworth"[11] (1985) About Tap (1985) — Himself Running Scared (1986) — Ray Hughes Off Limits (1988) — Albaby Perkins Tap (1989) — Max Washington Gregory Hines'Saigon (1987) — Himself Gregory Hines' Tap Dance in America (1989) — Himself Eve of Destruction (1991) — Colonel Jim McQuade A Rage in Harlem
A Rage in Harlem
(1991) — Goldy White Lie (1991) — Len Madison Jr. T Bone n Weasel (1992) — T Bone Dead Air (1994) — Mark Jannek / Jim Sheppard Renaissance Man (1994) — Sergeant Cass Kangaroo Court (1994) Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995, Episode Beauty and the Beast) — The Beast/Prince Koro (voice) A Stranger in Town (1995) — Barnes Waiting to Exhale
Waiting to Exhale
(1995) — Marvin King Good Luck (1996) — Bernard 'Bern' Lemley Mad Dog Time
Mad Dog Time
(1996) — Jules Flamingo The Preacher's Wife
The Preacher's Wife
(1996) — Joe Hamilton The Cherokee Kid (1996) — The Undertaker/Jedediah Turner Subway Stories: Tales From the Underground (1997) — Jack (segment "Manhattan Miracle") The Tic Code
The Tic Code
(1999) — Tyrone Pike Will & Grace (TV) (1999 to 2000) — Ben Doucette Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her
Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her
(2000) — Robert (segment "Fantasies About Rebecca") Who Killed Atlanta's Children? (TV) (2000) — Ron Larson Once in the Life
Once in the Life
(2000) — Ruffhouse Bojangles (2001) — Bojangles Venice: Lost and Found (2002) The Red Sneakers
The Red Sneakers
(TV) (2002) — Zeke Law & Order: (TV) "Suicide Box" (2003) — Carl Halpert Lost at Home: (TV) (2003) — Jordan King The Root (2003) Little Bill (TV) (1999 to 2004, until his death) — Big Bill (final television appearance) Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photography of Milt Hinton (2004) — Himself

See also[edit]

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References[edit]

^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/39/Gregory-Hines.html ^ "Gregory Hines" (obituary), The Telegraph, August 12, 2003. ^ Luther Vandross
Luther Vandross
Chart History ^ Mervyn Rothstein (September 1, 1992). "The Man in the Dancing Shoes". Cigar Aficionado. Archived from the original on October 8, 2009. Retrieved May 25, 2012.  ^ "Tap: With Gregory Hines". New York Public Library. Retrieved April 23, 2013.  ^ Jr. news (1992). " Gregory Hines Interview". sammydavis-jr. The Sammy Davis, Jr. Association. Archived from the original on May 13, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-09.  ^ a b c Hill, Constance Valis. "Biography of Gregory Hines". The New York Public Library. Retrieved December 21, 2017.  ^ Jennifer Dunning (August 11, 2003). "Gregory Hines, Versatile Dancer and actor, Dies at the age of 57". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-09.  ^ " Gregory Hines buried in Oakville City, Ontario". CBC. Retrieved August 21, 2013.  ^ "Negrita Maria Jayde Obituary".  ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0511119/

External links[edit]

Gregory Hines at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Gregory Hines on IMDb Gregory Hines at Find a Grave Blog of Death obituary Tapping into history Deborah Jowitt, Village Voice, August 2003. TonyAwards.com Interview with Gregory Hines Archival footage of Gregory Hines, Dianne Walker and Jimmy Slyde in 1996 at Jacob's Pillow

Awards for Gregory Hines

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Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program

Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin
(1995) Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(1996) Louie Anderson
Louie Anderson
(1997) Louie Anderson
Louie Anderson
(1998) Rob Paulsen
Rob Paulsen
(1999) James Woods
James Woods
(2000) Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(2001) Charles Shaughnessy
Charles Shaughnessy
(2002) Gregory Hines (2003) Joe Alaskey (2004) Henry Winkler
Henry Winkler
(2005) Maile Flanagan
Maile Flanagan
(2006) Eartha Kitt
Eartha Kitt
(2007) Eartha Kitt
Eartha Kitt
(2008) Jim Ward (2009) Eartha Kitt
Eartha Kitt
(2010) Danny Jacobs (2011) June Foray
June Foray
(2012) David Tennant
David Tennant
(2013) Hayley Faith Negrin
Hayley Faith Negrin
(2014) Danny Jacobs (2015) Jeff Bennett (2016) Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer
(2017)

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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical

John Cullum (1975) Ian Richardson
Ian Richardson
(1976) Lenny Baker (1977) Ken Page
Ken Page
(1978) Len Cariou
Len Cariou
(1979) Jim Dale (1980) Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
(1981) George Hearn (1984) Ron Richardson
Ron Richardson
(1985) George Rose (1986) Robert Lindsay (1987) Michael Crawford
Michael Crawford
(1988) Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander
(1989) James Naughton
James Naughton
(1990) Jonathan Pryce
Jonathan Pryce
(1991) Gregory Hines / Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(1992) Brent Carver (1993) Boyd Gaines
Boyd Gaines
(1994) Vernel Bagneris (1995) Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(1996) Robert Cuccioli (1997) Alan Cumming
Alan Cumming
(1998) Brent Carver (1999) Brian Stokes Mitchell
Brian Stokes Mitchell
(2000) Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(2001) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(2002) Antonio Banderas
Antonio Banderas
/ Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
(2003) Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
(2004) Norbert Leo Butz
Norbert Leo Butz
(2005) John Lloyd Young
John Lloyd Young
(2006) Raúl Esparza
Raúl Esparza
(2007) Paulo Szot
Paulo Szot
(2008) Brian d'Arcy James
Brian d'Arcy James
(2009) Douglas Hodge (2010) Norbert Leo Butz
Norbert Leo Butz
(2011) Danny Burstein
Danny Burstein
(2012) Billy Porter (2013) Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris
/ Jefferson Mays
Jefferson Mays
(2014) Robert Fairchild (2015) Danny Burstein
Danny Burstein
(2016) Andy Karl
Andy Karl
(2017)

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Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical

1948–1975

Paul Hartman
Paul Hartman
(1948) Ray Bolger
Ray Bolger
(1949) Ezio Pinza
Ezio Pinza
(1950) Robert Alda
Robert Alda
(1951) Phil Silvers
Phil Silvers
(1952) Thomas Mitchell (1953) Alfred Drake
Alfred Drake
(1954) Walter Slezak
Walter Slezak
(1955) Ray Walston
Ray Walston
(1956) Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
(1957) Robert Preston (1958) Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
(1959) Jackie Gleason
Jackie Gleason
(1960) Richard Burton
Richard Burton
(1961) Robert Morse
Robert Morse
(1962) Zero Mostel
Zero Mostel
(1963) Bert Lahr
Bert Lahr
(1964) Zero Mostel
Zero Mostel
(1965) Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
(1966) Robert Preston (1967) Robert Goulet
Robert Goulet
(1968) Jerry Orbach
Jerry Orbach
(1969) Cleavon Little
Cleavon Little
(1970) Hal Linden
Hal Linden
(1971) Phil Silvers
Phil Silvers
(1972) Ben Vereen
Ben Vereen
(1973) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1974) John Cullum (1975)

1976–2000

George Rose (1976) Barry Bostwick
Barry Bostwick
(1977) John Cullum (1978) Len Cariou
Len Cariou
(1979) Jim Dale (1980) Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
(1981) Ben Harney (1982) Tommy Tune
Tommy Tune
(1983) George Hearn (1984) No award (1985) George Rose (1986) Robert Lindsay (1987) Michael Crawford
Michael Crawford
(1988) Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander
(1989) James Naughton
James Naughton
(1990) Jonathan Pryce
Jonathan Pryce
(1991) Gregory Hines (1992) Brent Carver (1993) Boyd Gaines
Boyd Gaines
(1994) Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick
(1995) Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(1996) James Naughton
James Naughton
(1997) Alan Cumming
Alan Cumming
(1998) Martin Short
Martin Short
(1999) Brian Stokes Mitchell
Brian Stokes Mitchell
(2000)

2001–present

Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(2001) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(2002) Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
(2003) Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
(2004) Norbert Leo Butz
Norbert Leo Butz
(2005) John Lloyd Young
John Lloyd Young
(2006) David Hyde Pierce
David Hyde Pierce
(2007) Paulo Szot
Paulo Szot
(2008) David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik
Trent Kowalik
and Kiril Kulish (2009) Douglas Hodge (2010) Norbert Leo Butz
Norbert Leo Butz
(2011) Steve Kazee
Steve Kazee
(2012) Billy Porter (2013) Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris
(2014) Michael Cerveris
Michael Cerveris
(2015) Leslie Odom Jr. (2016) Ben Platt (2017)

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