Dates: 1946-2003 Birth Date: Feb 14, 1946 Death Date: Aug 9, 2003 Place of Birth: New York, New York Place of Death: Los Angeles, California Gregory Hines, jazz tap dancer, singer, actor, musician, and creator of improvised tap choreography, was born in the Washington Heights section of New York City, the son of Maurice Hines Sr. Hines's films included ''Tap'' 1989 , ''Eve of Destruction'' 1991 and ''The Tic Code'' 1998. Archived from on October 8, 2009. The vitality and comic intelligence that have made him a New York stage favorite in 'Eubie' and 'Sophisticated Ladies' translate easily to the screen. What Is He Known For? Gregory and Maurice also learned from veteran tap dancers, such as and The , whenever they performed in the same venues. Additional Broadway credits include and both in 1981 as a performer, 1986 as a performer earning a nomination as Best Actor in a Musical and choreographer, and 2006 , which he conceived, choreographed, and directed.
Hines began training in dance at 3 with Henry LeTang and made his professional debut two years later with his older brother, Maurice Jr. On January 28, 2019, the honoured Hines with a postage stamp, issued with a ceremony in New York City. In 1989, Hines starred in a film that combined his penchant for both dance and drama, Tap, in which he played Max Washington, a promising but disillusioned tap dancer, out of prison and torn between his craft and the fast-track life of a high-stakes thief; he co-starred with Sammy Davis, Jr. We saw it in his performance with the Jazz Tap Ensemble at New York's Joyce Theatre in 1986, where he made a brief but energetic appearance. He was a generous artist and teacher, conscious of his role as a model for such tap dance artists as Savion Glover, Dianne Walker, Ted Levy, and Jane Goldberg, creating such tap works as Groove for Jazz Tap Ensemble, and Boom for Barbara Duffy and Company.
While he was the inheritor of the tradition of black rhythm tap, he was also a proponent of the new. Date of Birth: February 14, 1946 Involved in show business since toddlerhood, has grown up to be a highly acclaimed tap dancer, choreographer, dramatic and comic actor, singer and director. On television, he starred in his own series in 1997 called on , as well as in the recurring role of on. Hines therefore returned to New York where he resumed his dancing career. Hines encouraged hosts of younger tap-dancers, including Mr. But everything in his life was influenced by his dancing, Mr. He was an American dancer and actor.
In that moment, he aligned tap with the latest free form experiments in jazz and new music and postmodern dance. The film was nominated for an Emmy Award, as was his performance on Motown Returns to the Apollo. Genres Occupation s Actor, director, choreographer, singer Years active 1970s—present Labels Associated acts Website Maurice Robert Hines, Jr. So for White Nights I had to dig, but the pain was there. Hines spoke often of the older stylists who influenced him in tap, an art that is largely handed down rather than taught.
Tap dancer, performer, director, musician. Early Life Gregory Hines was born on February 14, 1946, in New York. He had two children — a son, Zach, and a daughter, Daria, as well as a stepdaughter, Jessica Koslow, and a grandson. He is the first African American to direct at. In 1990, Hines visited his idol, , as he was dying of , unable to speak. Hines was an avid improviser.
Hines made his debut with his brother in in 1954. For his work on Jelly's Last Jam, Hines won three more Tonys and a Theatre World Award. He also influenced the next generation of tap dance artists which include Savion Glover, Dianne Walker, Ted Levy, and Jane Goldberg. Personal Life In 1968, Gregory Hines married Patricia Panella. He earned nominations for 1979 , 1980 , and 1981 , and won the Tony Award and for 1992 and the for Eubie!.
He followed that with Comin' Uptown and Sophisticated Ladies, both of which earned him a Tony award. In that moment, he aligned tap with the latest free-orm experiments in jazz and new music and postmodern dance. The day is celebrated by 40 states in the United States. Gregory Hines was not only a dancer and actor but a choreographer as well. Gregory Hines and mentor Jimmy Slyde Gregory Hines is known for driving and keeping tap dancing alive in the late 20th century when it seemed to had died off. Gregory and Maurice then grew into the Hines Brothers. In the 1970s he established a Broadway career and later starred in films including The Cotton Club and White Nights.
It was not until he reached his late 30's, Mr. The man is human lightning, and he just can't be contained. Also has a stepdaughter, Jessica. In his acceptance speech in 1996 for an award given him by Career Transition for Dancers at its annual benefit gala, he berated the gala's organizers for not including tap on the program. Hines made his feature film debut in ' all-star farce The History of the World, Part I, replacing an ailing in the role of Josephus. Hines never forgot his dance origins, however, and was a tireless advocate for tap in America.
He was born to Alma Lola and Maurice Robert Hines who was an actor, singer and dancer. Some of the movies he appeared in include; History of the World: Part I 1981 , The Cotton Club 1984 , White Nights 1985 and Tap 1989. Hines was on a first-name basis with Giorgio Armani and once served as a runway model for the designer Yohji Yamamoto. Although he inherited the roots and tradition of the black rhythmic tap, he also influenced the new black rhythmic tap, as a proponent. For a time he left dancing behind, exploring alternatives that included his forming a jazz-rock band called Severence. Gregory's father was of African-American background. He began dancing around the age of three, turned professional at age five, and for fifteen years performed with his older brother Maurice as The Hines Kids, making nightclub appearances across the country.