Gregory Hines

Actor, Dancer, Choreographer
This black, often mustachioed, tap dancer extraordinaire of exceptional charm made his professional debut at the age of five with his brother Maurice and was appearing on Broadway three years later. Gregory Hines was ... Read more »
Born: 02/13/1946 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (99)

Blue's Clues 1996 - 2005 (TV Show)

Voice

Little Bill 1999 - 2004 (TV Show)

Voice

Just Shoot Me 1996 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lost At Home 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 1999 - 2000, 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Santa, Baby! 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

The 56th Annual Tony Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Red Sneakers 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her 2001 (Movie)

Robert (Actor)

Once in the Life 2000 (Movie)

Ruffhouse (Actor)

The Tic Code 2000 (Movie)

Tyrone Pike (Actor)

Who Killed Atlanta's Children? 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue's Big Treasure Hunt 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

The Nicholas Brothers: Flying High 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Bill Robinson: Mr Bojangles 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Stories From My Childhood 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Take a Moment 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 29th NAACP Image Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Tony Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The All-American Thanksgiving Parade 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gregory Hines Show 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The National Hate Test 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

A Gala For the President at Ford's Theatre 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrate the Dream: 50 Years of Ebony 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Good Luck 1997 (Movie)

Bernard 'Bern' Lemley (Actor)

Signature: George C. Wolfe 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Subway Stories: Tales From the Underground 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Mad Dog Time 1996 (Movie)

Jules Flamingo (Actor)

The 27th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Preacher's Wife 1996 (Movie)

Joe Hamilton (Actor)

A Stranger in Town 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Baseball 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

The 49th Annual Tony Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Waiting to Exhale 1995 (Movie)

Marvin (Actor)

In a New Light '94 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Kangaroo Court 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Movie News Hot Summer Sneak Preview 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Nova 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Renaissance Man 1994 (Movie)

Sergeant Cass (Actor)

Square One TV 1986 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Jammin': Jelly Roll Morton on Broadway 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 47th Annual Tony Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nicholas Brothers: We Sing and We Dance 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dancing Man -- Peg Leg Bates 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

A Rage in Harlem 1991 (Movie)

Goldy (Actor)

Eve of Destruction 1991 (Movie)

Jim McQuade (Actor)

The 5th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

16th Annual Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Gregory Hines' Tap Dance in America 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Tap 1989 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

The 21st Annual NAACP Image Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Dionne Warwick in London 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Off Limits 1988 (Movie)

Albaby Perkins (Actor)

The 42nd Annual Tony Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Evening at Pops (08/15/87) 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Faerie Tale Theatre 1982 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 19th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

About Tap 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Running Scared 1986 (Movie)

Ray Hughes (Actor)

The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Motown Returns to the Apollo 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

White Nights 1985 (Movie)

Raymond Greenwood (Actor)

The Cotton Club 1984 (Movie)

Delbert "Sandman" Williams (Actor)

The Muppets Take Manhattan 1984 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Deal of the Century 1983 (Movie)

Ray Kasternak (Actor)

Parade of Stars 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love Liberty 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Shirley MacLaine: Illusions 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Years of America's Popular Music 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

History of the World Part I 1981 (Movie)

Josephus (Actor)

Wolfen 1981 (Movie)

Whittington (Actor)

Bojangles (TV Show)

Actor

Color of Justice (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Air (TV Show)

Actor

It's Black Entertainment (TV Show)

Actor

Stranger in Town (Movie)

Barnes (Actor)

T Bone N Weasel (TV Show)

Actor

The Cherokee Kid (TV Show)

Actor

White Lie (TV Show)

Actor
Director (2)

Bleeding Hearts 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Red Sneakers (Movie)

(Director)
Other (4)

A Renaissance Revisited 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Choreographer

Tap 1989 (Movie)

improvography (Other)

White Nights 1985 (Movie)

choreography(tap improvography) (Choreographer)

The Cotton Club 1984 (Movie)

choreography(tap improvography) (Choreographer)

Biography

This black, often mustachioed, tap dancer extraordinaire of exceptional charm made his professional debut at the age of five with his brother Maurice and was appearing on Broadway three years later. Gregory Hines was nominated for Tony Awards three years in a row for his work on Broadway in the musical revue "Eubie!" (1979, as Eubie Blake), for "Comin' Uptown" (1980) a black retelling of "A Christmas Carol" set in Harlem, and "Sophisticated Ladies" (1981), a revue of Duke Ellington songs. He finally took home the coveted prize in 1993 for his star turn as jazz great 'Jelly Roll' Morton in the stage musical "Jelly's Last Jam".

In the 1980s, Hines began landing roles that exploited both his dancing and dramatic abilities. His more notable feature credits include Francis Ford Coppola's "The Cotton Club" (1984), "White Nights" (1985), "Tap" (1989) and "A Rage in Harlem" (1991). For the most part, Hines was employed in these films as a debonair presence. He was more successful amidst the confusion of "The Cotton Club" than as an American communist within the anti-Soviet dullness of "White Nights". In the winningly cartoonish "A Rage in Harlem", Hines managed to inject lithe elegance into the thinly-scripted role of a 1950s criminal named Goldy.

Hines followed his award-winning Broadway success with "Renaissance Man" (1994), playing against type as an uncultured career Army officer opposite Danny De Vito's idealistic professor. That same year, he stepped behind the cameras to helm "Bleeding Hearts", an earnest look at an interracial romance that made the festival circuit. He subsequently appeared as Loretta Divine's love interest in "Waiting to Exhale" (1995) before tackling the nominal villain of "The Preacher's Wife" (1996), a real estate developer who wants to tear down the church and build condominiums. Hines had one of his best screen roles as a jazz musician afflicted with Tourette Syndrome in "The Tic Code" (1998). In 2000, he demonstrates his suaveness as Holly Hunter's married lover in the festival-screened "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her" (aired on Showtime in 2001) but seemed miscast as a drug dealer's henchman in "Once in the Life".

While he had appeared in numerous variety specials and awards shows (picking up Emmy nods in 1982 and 1985), Hines had passed up many opportunities to topline his own TV series. Finally relenting, he agreed to star in the CBS sitcom "The Gregory Hines Show" (1997-98), in which he portrayed a widower struggling to raise a teenage son. The show, however, earned mixed reviews and struggled to find an audience. The performer fared somewhat better with his 1999-2000 recurring role on the highly-rated NBC sitcom "Will and Grace", as the lawyer boss of the former who had a brief romance with the latter. Also in 1999, Hines won a Daytime Emmy Award for his voice performance as Big Bill in Bill Cosby's animated TV series "Little Bill" (Nickolodeon, 1999-2002). Hines next had a starring role as a Spin magazine editor in the fact-based 2000 Showtime production "Who Killed Atlanta's Children?"

Fulfilling a dream, the dancer got to portray one of his idols in "Bojangles" (Showtime, 2001), a biopic of the great dancer Bill Robinson, for which he garnered a richly deserved Emmy nomination. Continuing his association with the network, Hines made his small screen directorial debut with "The Red Sneakers" (Showtime, 2001), a family drama about a high school student who is transformed by the titular footwear into a successful basketball player. Hines appeared as workaholic Mitch Rouse's best friend and boss in the short-lived TV series "Lost at Home" (ABC, 2003) and had future film roles scheduled until he succumbed to cancer at the early age of 57.

Relationships

Maurice Robert Hines Sr

Father

Alma Iola Hines

Mother

Jessica Koslow

Step-Daughter

Patricia Hines

Wife
divorced

Daria Hines

Daughter
born c. 1971 mother, Patricia Hines

Zachary Hines

Son
born c. 1983 mother, Pamela Koslow

Maurice Hines

Brother

Pamela Koslow

Wife
second wife married on April 12, 1981 separated in early 1998

Camryn Manheim Actor

Companion
reportedly dated in summer 1998

EDUCATION

studied tap dancing under Henry LeTang

Milestones

2001

Directed and acted in the Showtime original "Red Sneakers"

2001

Portrayed dancer Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson in the Showtime biopic "Bojangles"; also executive produced; garnered Emmy nomination

2000

Starred opposite Jim Belushi in Showtime's "Who Killed Atlanta's Children?"

2000

Cast as Holly Hunter's married lover in "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her"; premiered at Sundance; aired on Showtime in 2001 in lieu of a theatrical release

1999

Joined cast of NBC's "Will & Grace" in a recurring role

1998

Portrayed a jazz musician with Tourette's syndrome in "The Tic Code"; released theatrically in 2000

1996

Had supporting role in "The Preacher's Wife"

1995

Co-starred "Waiting to Exhale"

1994

Feature directorial debut, "Bleeding Hearts"

1992

Returned to the Broadway stage to star as 'Jelly Roll' Morton in the musical drama, "Jelly's Last Jam"; received Tony Award as Lead Actor in a Musical

1991

Portrayed Forest Whitaker's brother in "A Rage in Harlem"

1989

Appeared as Feste the clown in the summer production of "Twelfth Night" staged by the New York Shakespeare Festival

1989

Hosted the PBS "Great Performances" segment "Gregory Hines' Tap Dance in America"

1989

Starred in the film "Tap"

1988

First solo record album, "Gregory Hines"

1986

Co-starred with Billy Crystal as wisecracking Chicago cops in "Running Scared"

1985

Picked up second Emmy nod for appearance in the NBC variety special "Motown Returns to the Apollo"

1985

Teamed onscreen with Mikhael Baryshnikov in the spy thriller "White Nights"

1984

Had co-starring role in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Cotton Club"

1982

Received first Emmy Award nomination for performance in the ABC variety special "I Love Liberty"

1981

Appeared on Broadway in "Sophisticated Ladies", a tribute to the music of Duke Ellington; picked up third career Tony nod; toured with show in 1982

1981

Made film debut in Mel Brooks's "History of the World, Part I"

1980

Starred in "Comin' Uptown", a black-themed stage musical retelling of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"; earned first Tony nomination as lead actor

1978

Had featured role in the stage musical "Eubie!", a tribute to composer Eubie Blake; reprised role in taped version of show in 1981; earned 1979 Tony nomination as featured actor in a musical

1973

Ended act with brother; moved to Venice California and formed jazz-rock band, Severance, in 1974

1963

Father, Maurice Hines Sr. joined touring act; renamed Hines, Hines and Dad

1954

Broadway debut, "The Girl in the Pink Tights" at age eight

1949

Nightclub debut at with brother Maurice as Hines Kids (renamed Hines Brothers as teenagers 1955-1963)

Toured as singer and musician with Severance

TV series debut in the sitcom "The Gregory Hines Show" (CBS); also served as executive consultant

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