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Gregory Oliver Hines

  • Birth 14 Feb 1946 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Death 9 Aug 2003 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Oakville, Halton Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada
  • Memorial ID 7749554

Actor, dancer, singer, choreographer. He was born in New York City, and became one of the most celebrated tap dancers of all time, as well as an award winning star of stage and screen. He started performing as a member of the dance troupe "Hines, Hines, and Dad", with his father and brother. He first appeared on the Broadway stage at the age of eight, performing as a shoe shine boy in the musical comedy "The Girl in Pink Tights", from March fifth to June twelfth, 1954. He received his first Tony nomination (Best Featured Actor in a Musical) in 1979 for his next Broadway role in the musical revue "Eubie!". He won the 1979 Theatre World Award for the same performance. He had starring roles in three musicals, "Comin' Uptown" (1979-80), "Sophisticated Ladies" (1981-83), and "Jelly's Last Jam" (1992-93). He was nominated for the Best Actor in a Musical Tony Award for all three roles, and won in 1992 for his performance as Jelly Roll Morton in "Jelly's Last Jam". He also won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for this performance, and was nominated for both the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his choreography for this show. His movie credits included roles in "History of the World: Part 1," "White Nights", "Tap", "Renaissance Man", "Waiting to Exhale", and "The Preacher's Wife". Television credits included the TV movies "Eubie!" and "The Cherokee Kid"; guest roles on shows such as "Faerie Tale Theatre", "Amazing Stories", and "Law & Order"; and recurring roles in "The Gregory Hines Show", "Little Bill", "Will & Grace", and "Lost at Home". He recorded a duet of "There's Nothing Better Than Love" with Luther Vandross, and also released a self-titled album in 1987.

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  • Added: 10 Aug 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7749554
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gregory Oliver Hines (14 Feb 1946–9 Aug 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7749554, citing Saint Volodymyr Ukrainian Cemetery, Oakville, Halton Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada ; Maintained by Find A Grave .