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Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 10, 2003 6:45 am/pm
Actor/dancer Gregory Hines died today. One of his last Disney projects was Disney's "Renaissance Man" feature. He was also involved in many TV shows, including the ABC-TV production, "Lost at Home."
Here's what < Disney's ABC website > says about Gregory Hines: "Gregory Hines exemplifies the term "multi-talented." As a dancer, singer and star of the Broadway stage, he has earned a Best Actor Tony Award for Jelly's Last Jam, and three Tony nominations. As a film actor he is equally gifted, in comedy with such credits as Running Scared and A Rage In Harlem, and in drama, having starred in such feature films as The Cotton Club, White Nights and Waiting to Exhale. On television he starred in his own series, The Gregory Hines Show, and also on the comedy Will and Grace. Most recently he earned an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of legendary dancer Bill Robinson in the Showtime film Bojangles.
"When Gregory was five, he and his brother Maurice went professional as the Hines Kids. They virtually grew up backstage at the Apollo Theater, where they met tap legends like Honi Coles, Sandman Sims, the Nicholas Brothers and Teddy Hale. The duo grew into the Hines Brothers and, when Gregory turned 18, were joined by their father, Maurice Sr., on the drums, becoming Hines, Hines and Dad. Gregory left the group in his early 20s and moved to Venice, CA. For a time he left dancing behind, exploring alternatives that included his forming a jazz/rock band called Severance.
"Gregory moved back to New York City and immediately landed a role in The Last Minstrel Show, which launched him back into performing. A month later he was starring in Eubie. He made the transition to film actor in The History of the World, Part I and followed that with the cult hit Wolfen. He later starred in Tap, a film that combined his penchant for dance and drama.
"His television work is equally diverse, including an Emmy-nominated performance on Motown Returns to the Apollo and an Emmy-nominated special, Gregory Hines: Tap Dance in America. Recent television credits include his TV directing debut in The Red Sneakers, the voice of a sidewalk Santa in the animated holiday special Santa, Baby and co-hosting the 2002 Tony Awards. For the third year, he is the voice of Big Bill on Bill Cosby's animated series Little Bill.
"His recording credits include Gregory Hines, an LP produced by friend and colleague Luther Vandross. Gregory's 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."
Our sincere condolences go out to his family and friends.
Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 10, 2003 6:48 am/pm
This is from < barnesandnoble.com >:
"Gregory Hines (b. February 14th, 1946)
Involved in show business since toddlerhood, Gregory Hines has grown up to be a highly acclaimed tap dancer, choreographer, dramatic and comic actor, singer, and director. Hines is the brother of actor/dancer < Maurice Hines >. When Hines was two, his father employed him in a dance act with his older brothers. The child honed his dancing skills with master tap dancer Henry Le Tang. He was five when his father teamed him with his big brother, Jake, to form the Hines Kids. The brothers spent much of their early careers dancing at the Apollo Theater and learned much from such famed fellow performers as the Nicholas Brothers and Sandman Sims. At age eight, he debuted on Broadway in the musical The Girl in Pink Tights (1954). When the boys reached adolescence, they were called the Hines Brothers. In 1963, they became Hines, Hines and Dad, and started a ten-year stint on the nightclub circuit and on television. They also went abroad. In 1973, he left his brother and father's act to form a jazz-rock group called Severance. He eventually came back to New York, where in 1973, he launched a distinguished Broadway career that garnered him a Tony (for playing Jelly Roll Morton in George C. Wolfe's musical tribute Jelly's Last Jam in 1992), three additional Tony nominations, and a Theater World Award.
"Hines made his feature-film debut in Mel Brooks' all-star farce The History of the World, Pt. I, replacing an ailing Richard Pryor in the role of Josephus. It was actress Madeline Kahn who suggested Hines for the role. In film, Hines has proven himself a versatile actor and he has starred in everything from musical dramas in which he showed off his dancing ability (The Cotton Club and White Nights, in which he starred opposite ballet superstar Mikhail Baryshnikov), to straight dramas (The Preacher's Wife), comedy (Renaissance Man), sci-fi/horror (Wolfen), and action films (Running Scared). In 1994, Hines made his directorial bow with Bleeding Hearts. He released an album, simply titled Gregory Hines, in 1987. In 1997, he starred in the CBS family comedy The Gregory Hines Show as a single father who has trouble reentering the dating scene."
Posted by: Liv2CdWorld on Aug. 10, 2003 9:23 am/pm