Joel Grey

Actor, Singer, Dancer
A mercurial, multi-talented fixture of the Broadway stage since the 1950s, Oscar-winning actor Joel Grey rose to fame as the sinister Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret, which earned him both the Tony Award for the ... Read more »
Born: 04/10/1932 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (78)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Normal Heart 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Warehouse 13 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nurse Jackie 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 65th Annual Tony Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

81st Annual Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Grey's Anatomy 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Private Practice 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Choke 2008 (Movie)

Phil (Actor)

Phineas and Ferb 2008 (Tv Show)

Voice

Brothers & Sisters 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

House 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Alias 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crossing Jordan 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Tony Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Oz 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Armistead Maupin's Further Tales of the City 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Burt Bacharach 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Touched By an Angel 1992 - 1995, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Brooklyn Bridge 1992 - 1993, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dancer in the Dark 2000 (Movie)

Oldrich Novy (Actor)

It's Like, You Know... 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Trek: Voyager 1992 - 1995, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fantasticks 2000 (Movie)

Bellamy (Actor)

NYTV: By the People Who Made It 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Empty Mirror 1999 (Movie)

Josef Goebbels (Actor)

The Kennedy Center Honors 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Music of Kander and Ebb: Razzle Dazzle 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

53rd Presidential Inaugural Gala 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Broadway '97: Launching the Tonys 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Venus Rising 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

My Friend Joe 1995 (Movie)

Simon (Actor)

The Dangerous 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Capitol Fourth (1994) 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Music of Chance 1993 (Movie)

Willie Stone (Actor)

In a New Light 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Just Deserts 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Street Scenes: New York on Film 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Player 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

1990 King Orange Jamboree Parade 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

A Capitol Fourth (1991) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Kafka 1991 (Movie)

Burgel (Actor)

The 45th Annual Tony Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Christmas at Radio City Music Hall 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Liberty Weekend 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The All-Star Salute to Ford's Theatre 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins... 1985 (Movie)

Chiun (Actor)

Paddington Bear 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Jubilee 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Seven Per-Cent Solution 1975 (Movie)

Lowenstein (Actor)

Don't Call Me Mama Anymore 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Man on a Swing 1974 (Movie)

Franklin Wills (Actor)

Cabaret 1972 (Movie)

Master of Ceremonies (Actor)

Man on a String 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

George M! 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Maverick 1957 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Come September 1961 (Movie)

Beagle (Actor)

Jack and the Beanstalk 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

A Christmas Carol (TV Show)

Actor

About Face (Movie)

Bender (Actor)

Marilyn and Me (TV Show)

Actor

On the Edge (TV Show)

Actor

Queenie (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Dancer in the Dark 2000 (Movie)

("In the Musicals, Part 2") (Song Performer)

Biography

A mercurial, multi-talented fixture of the Broadway stage since the 1950s, Oscar-winning actor Joel Grey rose to fame as the sinister Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret, which earned him both the Tony Award for the 1966 stage production and the Oscar for Bob Fosse's 1972 film adaptation. A consummate singer, dancer and skilled actor, Grey's greatest successes were on Broadway, where he starred in such memorable shows as "Stop The World - I Want To Get Off," "George M!," and "Wicked." His film output was somewhat less substantial, though he was a fixture of episodic television from the early 1970s through the new millennium, earning an Emmy nomination in 1991 for a guest role on "Brooklyn Bridge" (CBS, 1991-93). For many, Grey was first and foremost a Broadway star, and he would return to the Great White Way on numerous occasions, even into his late seventies with a critically praised revival of "Anything Goes" in 2011. Throughout all the facets of his career, from young hopeful to actor on the rise and Oscar winner to his prolific period as a character player in the 1990s and 2000s, Grey remained the symbol of elegance, economy and class both in front of and away from an audience.

Relationships

Grace Katz

Mother

Jennifer Grey Actor

Daughter
Born March 26, 1960 mother, Jo Wilder best known for playing "Baby" alongside Patrick Swayze in the film "Dirty Dancing" (1987)

James Grey

Son
Mother, Jo Wilder

Mickey Katz

Father

Ronnie Katz

Brother

Jo Wilder

Wife
Married from 1958-1982

EDUCATION

The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York

Beverly Hills High School

Beverly Hills , California 1950

Cleveland Playhouse

Cleveland , Ohio

Milestones

2011

Co-starred in the revival of the Cole Porter musical "Anything Goes"

2011

Co-directed with George C. Wolfe, the Broadway presentation of Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart"; earned a Tony nomination for Best Direction of a Play

2008

Featured in the black comedy "Choke," starring Sam Rockwell and Anjelica Huston

2005

Had a recurring role on "Alias" as Another Mr. Sloane

2003

Originated the Wizard of Oz role for the Broadway musical "Wicked"

2003

Had a recurring role on the HBO prison drama "Oz" as Lemuel Idzik

2001

Had a recurring role on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" as Doc, a reptilian demon

2000

Had memorable cameo in Lars von Trier's "Dancer in the Dark"

2000

Toured in one-man stage show

1999

Played the Ghost of Christmas Past in the NBC adaptation of "A Christmas Carol"

1998

Made London stage debut reprising his Broadway role as Amos Hart in "Chicago"

1996

Returned to Broadway, playing Amos Hart in a revival of "Chicago"

1995

Narrated "The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True" (TNT); also played title role

1992

Received an Emmy nomination for portraying a Holocaust survivor on the CBS sitcom "Brooklyn Bridge"

1991

Portrayed Johnny Hyde in "Marilyn and Me" (ABC)

1987

Reprised role of the Master of Ceremonies in tour and Broadway revival of "Cabaret"

1987

Co-starred in the CBS miniseries "Queenie"

1985

Portrayed Ned Weeks in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "The Normal Heart"

1985

Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1985

Returned to features as Master of Sinanju Chiun, Remo's elderly Korean martial arts master in "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins"

1979

Earned fourth Tony nomination for the short-lived musical "The Grand Tour"

1977

Returned to the stage in the ensemble cast of John Guare's "Marco Polo Sings a Solo"

1976

Last film appearance for close to a decade, Robert Altman's "Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson"

1975

Earned third Tony Award playing the title role in the short-lived musical "Goodtime Charley"

1972

Made his TV-movie debut in "Man on a String" (ABC)

1972

Reprised role of the Master of Ceremonies in Bob Fosse's feature adaptation of "Cabaret"

1969

Reprised his role for the NBC production of "George M!"

1968

Played the title role in the Broadway musical "George M!"; earned a Tony nomination

1966

Won a Tony Award playing the Master of Ceremonies in the Broadway musical "Cabaret"

1963

Toured in "Stop the World – I Want to Get Off"

1961

Last film for over a decade, "Come September"

1958

Played Theodore in the television adaptation of "Little Women" (CBS)

1956

Broadway debut, "The Littlest Revue"

1952

First feature film, "About Face"

1950

Made TV debut in "Colgate Comedy Hour" (NBC)

1948

Was performing in his father's revue "Borscht Capades," when he was discovered by Eddie Cantor

1940

Made his stage debut in "On Borrowed Time" at the Cleveland Playhouse

Bonus Trivia

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Grey received an honorary doctorate from Cleveland State University.

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Grey has published three books of his photography. His first book of photographs, Pictures I Had to Take was published in 2003; its follow-up, Looking Hard at Unexpected Things appeared in the Fall of 2006. His third book, 1.3 – Images from My Phone is also a photography book but taken with his camera phone, was published on June 2, 2009.

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Grey announced he was gay at the age of 82 in January 2015.

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