Produced in New York in 1946, Gregory Hines studied dance from an early age and performed with family members in the Apollo Theater. In the 1970s he established a Broadway career and later starred in films including The Cotton Club and White Nights. Tap dancer, performer, director, musician. Produced February 14, 1946 in NYC. Involved in show business for an early age, Hines grew up as a part of Hines, Hines, and Father alongside his dad and older brothers.
In 1973, he left Hines, Hines, and Father to form a jazz-rock group called Severance. Nevertheless, the smooth-as-silk tap dancer shortly returned to New York where he established a prominent Broadway career that won him a Tony award in 1992 for the headlining character in George C. Wolfe’s musical homage Jelly’s Last Jam.
That part established a stepping stone in Hines’ movie career, and he went to star in a variety of films, including 1984’s The Cotton Club and White Nights opposite Mikhail Baryshnikov the subsequent year. He also displayed his comedic time in such movies as Renaissance Man in 1994. The exact same year, he made his directorial debut with Bleeding Hearts. He also starred in the short lived CBS sitcom The Gregory Hines Show, where he played a single father having trouble reentering the dating scene. He’s got a son Zachary as well as a stepdaughter Jessica along with his second wife, Pamela Koslow. Gregory Hines died of cancer in Los Angeles August 9, 2003 in the age of 57.