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Also Known As: Gregory Oliver Hines Died: August 9, 2003
Born: February 14, 1946 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: dancer, actor, director, choreographer, musician

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This black, often mustachioed, tap dancer extraordinaire of exceptional charm made his professional debut at the age of five with his brother Maurice and was appearing on Broadway three years later. Gregory Hines was nominated for Tony Awards three years in a row for his work on Broadway in the musical revue "Eubie!" (1979, as Eubie Blake), for "Comin' Uptown" (1980) a black retelling of "A Christmas Carol" set in Harlem, and "Sophisticated Ladies" (1981), a revue of Duke Ellington songs. He finally took home the coveted prize in 1993 for his star turn as jazz great 'Jelly Roll' Morton in the stage musical "Jelly's Last Jam."

This black, often mustachioed, tap dancer extraordinaire of exceptional charm made his professional debut at the age of five with his brother Maurice and was appearing on Broadway three years later. Gregory Hines was nominated for Tony Awards three years in a row for his work on Broadway in the musical revue "Eubie!" (1979, as Eubie Blake), for "Comin' Uptown" (1980) a black retelling of "A Christmas Carol" set in Harlem, and "Sophisticated Ladies" (1981), a revue of Duke Ellington songs. He finally took home the coveted prize in 1993 for his star turn as jazz great 'Jelly Roll' Morton in the stage musical "Jelly's Last Jam."

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Red Sneakers, The (2002) Director
2.
  Bleeding Hearts (1994) Director

CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Red Sneakers, The (2002) Zeke
3.
 Bojangles (2001) Bill "Bojangles" Robinson
4.
 Once in the Life (2000) Ruffhouse
5.
 Who Killed Atlanta's Children? (2000) Ron Larson
6.
 Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her (1999) Robert ("Fantasies About Rebecca")
7.
 Tic Code, The (1998) Tyrone Pike
8.
 Subway Stories: Tales From the Underground (1997) Jack ("Manhattan Miracle")
9.
 Preacher's Wife, The (1996) Joe Hamilton
10.
 Good Luck (1996) Bernard 'Bern' Lemley
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Milestones close milestones

1949:
Nightclub debut at with brother Maurice as Hines Kids (renamed Hines Brothers as teenagers 1955-1963)
1954:
Broadway debut, "The Girl in the Pink Tights" at age eight
1963:
Father, Maurice Hines Sr. joined touring act; renamed Hines, Hines and Dad
1973:
Ended act with brother; moved to Venice California and formed jazz-rock band, Severance, in 1974
:
Toured as singer and musician with Severance
1978:
Had featured role in the stage musical "Eubie!", a tribute to composer Eubie Blake; reprised role in taped version of show in 1981; earned 1979 Tony nomination as featured actor in a musical
1980:
Starred in "Comin' Uptown", a black-themed stage musical retelling of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"; earned first Tony nomination as lead actor
1981:
Appeared on Broadway in "Sophisticated Ladies", a tribute to the music of Duke Ellington; picked up third career Tony nod; toured with show in 1982
1981:
Made film debut in Mel Brooks's "History of the World, Part I"
1982:
Received first Emmy Award nomination for performance in the ABC variety special "I Love Liberty"
1984:
Had co-starring role in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Cotton Club"
1985:
Teamed onscreen with Mikhael Baryshnikov in the spy thriller "White Nights"
1985:
Picked up second Emmy nod for appearance in the NBC variety special "Motown Returns to the Apollo"
1986:
Co-starred with Billy Crystal as wisecracking Chicago cops in "Running Scared"
1988:
First solo record album, "Gregory Hines"
1989:
Starred in the film "Tap"
1989:
Hosted the PBS "Great Performances" segment "Gregory Hines' Tap Dance in America"
1989:
Appeared as Feste the clown in the summer production of "Twelfth Night" staged by the New York Shakespeare Festival
1991:
Portrayed Forest Whitaker's brother in "A Rage in Harlem"
1992:
Returned to the Broadway stage to star as 'Jelly Roll' Morton in the musical drama, "Jelly's Last Jam"; received Tony Award as Lead Actor in a Musical
1994:
Feature directorial debut, "Bleeding Hearts"
1995:
Co-starred "Waiting to Exhale"
1996:
Had supporting role in "The Preacher's Wife"
:
TV series debut in the sitcom "The Gregory Hines Show" (CBS); also served as executive consultant
1998:
Portrayed a jazz musician with Tourette's syndrome in "The Tic Code"; released theatrically in 2000
1999:
Joined cast of NBC's "Will & Grace" in a recurring role
2000:
Starred opposite Jim Belushi in Showtime's "Who Killed Atlanta's Children?"
2000:
Cast as Holly Hunter's married lover in "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her"; premiered at Sundance; aired on Showtime in 2001 in lieu of a theatrical release
2001:
Portrayed dancer Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson in the Showtime biopic "Bojangles"; also executive produced; garnered Emmy nomination
2001:
Directed and acted in the Showtime original "Red Sneakers"
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Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Patricia Hines. Dancer, dance therapist. Divorced.
wife:
Pamela Koslow. Second wife; married on April 12, 1981; separated in early 1998.
companion:
Camryn Manheim. Actor. Reportedly dated in summer 1998.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Maurice Robert Hines Sr. Dancer, actor, musician.
mother:
Alma Iola Hines.
brother:
Maurice Hines. Dancer, actor.
daughter:
Daria Hines. Born c. 1971; mother, Patricia Hines.
step-daughter:
Jessica Koslow.
son:
Zachary Evan Hines. Born c. 1983; mother, Pamela Koslow.
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