Gregory Hines

Gregory Hines

American actor and dancer
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  • In the late '60s he decided to try his hand at performing rock 'n' roll music, and writing his own songs.
  • Buried in the family plot of Carmela and Michael Truszyk in St. Volodymyr's Ukrainian Catholic cemetery in Oakville, Ontario, west of Toronto
  • He won a Tony in 1992 for "Jelly's Last Jam".
  • Appeared with Eubie Blake on a 1979 episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Gary Busey. He sang two Eubie Blake songs and danced as well.
  • Was considered for the part of Winston Zeddemore in "Ghostbusters"
  • When he was in his twenties he worked on a farm.
  • Has two children: Daria Hines, born in 1971 and Zachary, born in 1983. Also has a stepdaughter, Jessica.
  • He had a reunion with brother Maurice Hines when they were both hired for the Broadway musical, "Eubie!" in 1978. It earned him a Tony nomination, as did his role in another musical, "Sophisticated Ladies".
  • Won Broadway's 1992 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for "Jelly's Last Jam," for which he also shared a Best Choreographer nomination with Hope Clarke and Ted L. Levy. He was also nominated for Tonys three other times: as Best Actor (Featured Role - Musical) in 1979 for "Eubie!", which he recreated in the television version with the same title, Eubie! (1981) (TV); ; and as Best Actor (Musical), in 1980 for "Comin' Uptown" and in 1981 for "Sophisticated Ladies."
  • There's nothing better than love is a duet song he recorded with friend Luther Vandross back in the 80s. Gregory is known for his smooth silky voice and recorded his own self-titled album on Epic/Sony in 1987.
  • Was aged six when he and brother Maurice Hines performed, as the Hines Kids, at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem.
  • His own stage show has taken him from New York's Bottom Line to spots as far-flung as Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Japan and Monte Carlo.
  • Inducted into the International Tap Dance Hall of Fame in 2004.
  • Was the first choice to play the Eddie Murphy role in 48 Hrs. (1982) but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with The Cotton Club (1984).
  • His mother's name is Alma.
  • Sings on the title track, "So Nobody Else Can Hear" of a recording by legendary jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb (Miles Davis' "Kinda Blue"). Bill Cosby and Freddie Hubbard are also on this record.
  • He and Maurice Hines were cast as brothers in Francis Ford Coppola's The Cotton Club (1984), set in the Harlem club where their grandmother had been one of the elite black entertainers performing for a whites-only audience in the twenties and thirties. Coppola encouraged the brothers to improvise so they based one scene on their real-life reunion in "Eubie!" and admitted the tears were real.
  • Had his professional debut when only 5 years old.
  • He grew up as a member of "Hines, Hines, and Dad" with his father, Maurice Hines Sr. and brother, Maurice Hines in a tap dancing act.
  • In 1954 he and brother Maurice Hines they were cast in the Broadway musical "The Girl in the Pink Tights".
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