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Also Known As: Joel David Katz Died:
Born: April 11, 1932 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, USA Profession: actor, dancer, singer

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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. ...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Choke (2008)
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 On the Edge (2001) Dr Mensley ("Reaching Normal")
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 Dancer in the Dark (2000) Oldrich Novy
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 Fantasticks, The (2000) Bellamy
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 Christmas Carol, A (1999) First Spirit--Ghost Of Christmas Past
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 Empty Mirror, The (1996) Josef Goebbels
10.
 Venus Rising (1996)
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1941:
Made his stage debut in "On Borrowed Time" at the Cleveland Playhouse
1948:
Was performing in his father's revue "Borscht Capades," when he was discovered by Eddie Cantor
1950:
Made TV debut in "Colgate Comedy Hour" (NBC)
1952:
First feature film, "About Face"
1956:
Broadway debut, "The Littlest Revue"
1958:
Played Theodore in the television adaptation of "Little Women" (CBS)
1961:
Last film for over a decade, "Come September"
1963:
Toured in "Stop the World ¿ I Want to Get Off"
1966:
Won a Tony Award playing the Master of Ceremonies in the Broadway musical "Cabaret"
1968:
Played the title role in the Broadway musical "George M!"; earned a Tony nomination
1970:
Reprised his role for the NBC production of "George M!"
1972:
Reprised role of the Master of Ceremonies in Bob Fosse's feature adaptation of "Cabaret"
1972:
Made his TV-movie debut in "Man on a String" (ABC)
1975:
Earned third Tony Award playing the title role in the short-lived musical "Goodtime Charley"
1976:
Last film appearance for close to a decade, Robert Altman's "Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson"
1977:
Returned to the stage in the ensemble cast of John Guare's "Marco Polo Sings a Solo"
1979:
Earned fourth Tony nomination for the short-lived musical "The Grand Tour"
1985:
Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1985:
Portrayed Ned Weeks in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "The Normal Heart"
1985:
Returned to features as Master of Sinanju Chiun, Remo's elderly Korean martial arts master in "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins"
1987:
Co-starred in the CBS miniseries "Queenie"
1987:
Reprised role of the Master of Ceremonies in tour and Broadway revival of "Cabaret"
1991:
Portrayed Johnny Hyde in "Marilyn and Me" (ABC)
1992:
Received an Emmy nomination for portraying a Holocaust survivor on the CBS sitcom "Brooklyn Bridge"
1995:
Narrated "The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True" (TNT); also played title role
1996:
Returned to Broadway, playing Amos Hart in a revival of "Chicago"
1998:
Made London stage debut reprising his Broadway role as Amos Hart in "Chicago"
1999:
Played the Ghost of Christmas Past in the NBC adaptation of "A Christmas Carol"
2000:
Toured in one-man stage show
2000:
Had memorable cameo in Lars von Trier's "Dancer in the Dark"
2001:
Had a recurring role on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" as Doc, a reptilian demon
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
2005:
Had a recurring role on "Alias" as Another Mr. Sloane
2008:
Featured in the black comedy "Choke," starring Sam Rockwell and Anjelica Huston
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
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Education

Cleveland Playhouse: Cleveland , Ohio -
The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York , New York -
Beverly Hills High School: Beverly Hills , California - 1950

Notes

Grey received an honorary doctorate from Cleveland State University.

"Since I was nine I wanted to be on the stage. I didn't to be in competition with my Dad, so I didn't want to be a musician. I found the theater the place for me." --Joel Grey quoted in THE NEW YORK POST, November 12, 1996

"I seem to not want to repeat what I've already done. I prefer to do things that I don't know how to do. If I read a script and I say, 'God, I don't think I can do this,' I can be almost certain that I'm going to do it." --Grey quoted in THE NEW YORK POST, November 12, 1996

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wife:
Jo Wilder. Singer, actor. Married June 29, 1958; divorced.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Mickey Katz. Comedian.
mother:
Grace Katz.
brother:
Ronnie Katz. Younger.
daughter:
Jennifer Grey. Actor. Born on March 26, 1960; married actor-writer Clark Gregg on July 21, 2001.
son:
James Grey. Chef.
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