Gregory Hines biography
Date of Birth: February 14, 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.
A native to the Big Apple, Hines began dancing before the age of three with his brother Maurice.
When he was five, the brothers turned professional and make nightclub appearances around the country.
Formally The Hines Kids, they later became The Hines Brothers, and later still they became Hines, and lastly
Hines and Dad when their father decided to join them. As this new team, they started a ten-year stint
on the nightclub circuit and on television both across the country and abroad.
In 1973, he left his brother and father's act to form a jazz-rock group called Severance.
Hines made his Broadway debut in Eubie for which he received a Tony Award nomination. He followed that
with Comin' Uptown and Sophisticated Ladies, both of which earned him a Tony award. For his work on
Jelly's Last Jam, Hines won three more Tonys and a Theatre World Award.
Hines made his feature film debut in Mel Brooks' all-star farce The History of the World, Part I,
replacing an ailing Richard Pryor in the role of Josephus.
It was actress Madeline Kahn who suggested
Hines for the role.
Since then, Hines has proven himself a versatile actor and he has starred in everything from musical
dramas in which he showed off his dancing ability in films like Tap and The Cotton Club,
to straight dramas like The Preacher's Wife. Hines has also dabbled in comedies like Renaissance Man,
sci-fi/horror Wolfen and action films Running Scared.
In 1994, Hines made his directorial bow with Bleeding Hearts. In 1987 he released an album titled
Gregory Hines in 1987.
After divorcing his first wife Patricia Panella who bore him one daughter, he married Pamela Koslow in
1981 who bought to the marriage a daughter and a son from a previous union .
In 1997, he starred in the CBS family comedy The Gregory Hines Show as a single father who has trouble
reentering the dating scene.
Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her (2000)
Once In the Life (1999)
The Tic Code (1998)
Good Luck (1997)
The Preacher's Wife (1996)
Mad Dog Time (1996)
Waiting to Exhale (1995)
Kangaroo Court (1994)
Renaissance Man (1994)
Eve of Destruction (1991)
A Rage in Harlem (1991)
Off Limits (1988/I)
Running Scared (1986)
White Nights (1985)
The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
The Cotton Club (1984)
Deal of the Century (1983)
History of the World: Part I (1981)
Gregory Hines Filmography