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Unhappy Actor/Dancer Gregory Hines Dies At 57

Gregory Hines Dies of Cancer at 57

By TIM MOLLOY
.c The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gregory Hines, the greatest tap dancer of his generation who also transcended the stag e with successful film and television roles, has died at 57.

Hines died Saturday in Los Angeles of cancer, publicist Allen Eichorn said Sunday.

Hines won a 1992 Tony for the musical ``Jelly's Last Jam.'' He first became internationally known as part of a jazz tap duo with his brother, Maurice. The two danced together in the musical revue ``Eubie!'' in 1978.

The brothers later performed together in Broadway's ``Sophisticated Ladies'' and on film in 1984's ``The Cotton Club.''

In ``The Cotton Club,'' Hines also had a lead acting role, which led to more work in film. He starred with Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1985's ``White Nights'' and with Billy Crystal in 1986's ``Running Scared,'' and he appeared with Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett in 1995's ``Waiting to Exhale,'' among other movies.

On television, he had his own sitcom in 1997 called ``The Gregory Hines Show,'' as well as a recurring role on ``Will and Grace.'' Last March, he appeared in the spring television series ``Lost at Home.''

Gregory Oliver Hines was born on February 14, 1946, in New York City. He has said his mother urged him and his older brother toward tap dancing because she wanted them to have a way out of the ghetto.

When he was a toddler, he said, his brother was already taking tap lessons and would come home and teach him steps. They began performing together when Gregory Hines was five, and they performed at the Apollo for two weeks when he was six. In 1954 they were cast in the Broadway musical ``The Girl in Pink Tights,'' starring French ballerina Jeanmaire.

``I don't remember not dancing,'' Hines said in a 2001 interview with The Associated Press. ``When I realized I was alive and these were my parents, and I could walk and talk, I could dance.''

Paired with his brother Maurice, he was a professional child star. In his teens, joined by their father, Maurice Sr., on drums, they were known as Hines, Hines and Dad. Later he earned Tony nominations on Broadway in ``Eubie,'' ``Comin' Uptown'' and ``Sophisticated Ladies.'' He won a Tony for best actor in a musical playing jazz legend ``Jelly Roll'' Morton in ``Jelly's Last Jam.''

There was a time, he said, when he didn't want to dance. He was in his mid-20s, ``a hippie'' in a brief moment of rebellion, he said in 2001.

``I felt that I didn't want to be in show business anymore. I felt that I wanted to be a farmer,'' he said with a laugh. Invited to work on a farm in upstate New York, he quickly learned a lesson. Beginning before dawn, ``I was milking cows and shoveling terrible stuff and working all day. By the end of the day all I wanted was my tap shoes - I thought, `What am I doing? I better get back where I belong on the stage where we work at night and can sleep late!'''

Hines had a falling out with his older brother in the late 1960s because the younger was becoming influenced by counter-culture and wanted to perform to rock music and write his songs. In 1973, the family act disbanded and Hines moved to Venice Beach.

``I was going through a lot of changes,'' Hines told the Washington Post in 1981. ``Marriage. We'd just had a child. Divorce. I was finding myself.''

He returned to New York in 1978, partly to be near his daughter, Daria, who was living with Hines' first wife, dance therapist Patricia Panella. His brother, with whom he had reconciled, told him about an audition for the Broadway-bound ``The Last Minstrel Show.'' He got the part, but the show opened and closed in Philadelphia.

Hines landed his first film role in the 1981 Mel Brooks comedy ``History of the World Part I,'' in which he played a Roman slave as a last-minute replacement for Richard Pryor.

Hines' has been nominated for a number of Emmy Awards, most recently in 2001 for his lead role in the mini-series ``Bojangles.'' His PBS special ``Gregory Hines: Tap Dance in America'' was nominated in 1989, and in 1982 he was nominated for his performance in ``I Love Liberty,'' a variety special saluting America.

He also won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1999 for his work as the voice of ``Big Bill'' in the Bill Cosby animated TV series ``Little Bill'' and NAACP Image Awards for ``Bojangles'' and ``Running Scared.''



08/10/03 12:32 EDT
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I just read that online, thats sad. He'll be missed.

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OMG!!! I can't believe it! He was one of my favorites!! I loved him in "Waiting to Exhale"!! May he rest in peace
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Rest in Peace Mr Hines, you will be missed

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Wasn't he in Will and Grace, as well?!
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This is so sad. He seemed the picture of health only a couple of years ago when quoted as saying how often he attended Bring in da Funk, Bring in da Noise hoping to "steal some moves". (Of course the great choreographer Alvin Ailey also died in his late 50's several years ago). Farewell, maestro!
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Noooooooooooo!!!

I can't believe it. He was sooo talented. This is truly sad. Cancer sux!
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DAMN IT! We lost another star. I didn't even know he had Cancer. I enjoyed watching his talent. I didn't know he played Little Bill's father on the cartoon. That is one of the best cartoons out there.

Well he is in a better place than pain on earth. You'll be missed!!

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Dancer-Actor Gregory Hines Dies at 57


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Gregory Hines, the Tony Award-winning tap-dancing actor who starred on Broadway as well as in many films, including "The Cotton Club," has died at the age of 57, his publicist said on Sunday.

Hines, considered one of the top dancers of his generation, died Saturday night in Los Angeles of cancer, said Allen Eichhorn, a spokesman for Hines.

The native New Yorker, who won a 1992 Tony for the musical "Jelly's Last Jam," first found fame performing jazz tap with his brother Maurice, working together in the musical revue "Eubie!" in 1978 and in "Sophisticated Ladies."

Born on Feb. 14, 1946, in New York City, Hines had said his mother steered her sons toward tap dancing as a way to escape the ghetto.

By the time he was five, Hine was already performing, and the two brothers danced at the famed Apollo theater for two weeks when he was just six. In his teens, the brothers also performed with their father, Maurice Sr., who played drums.

Later he earned Tony nominations on Broadway in "Eubie!," "Comin' Uptown" and "Sophisticated Ladies."

Hines had a falling out with his older brother in the late 1960s when he wanted to perform to rock music and write his own songs. In 1973, the family act disbanded and Hines moved to Venice Beach, California.

But they reconciled a few years later and began performing in various Broadway shows together.

Hines landed his first film role in the 1981 Mel Brooks comedy "History of the World Part I," in which he played a Roman slave as a last-minute replacement for Richard Pryor.

Landing a leading role in Francis Ford Coppola's hit "The Cotton Club" in the mid-1980s cleared the way for more film work, including "White Nights," in which he starred with Mikhail Baryshnikov and with Billy Crystal in 1986's "Running Scared."

Hines also appeared with Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett in 1995's "Waiting to Exhale," among other movies.

Hines nabbed several Emmy Award nominations, most recently in 2001 for his lead role in the mini-series "Bojangles."

His PBS special "Gregory Hines: Tap Dance in America" was nominated in 1989.

On television, he had his own sitcom in 1997 called "The Gregory Hines Show," and a recurring role on "Will and Grace."

This spring, he appeared in the spring television series "Lost at Home."

Hines is survived by his fiance, Negrita Jayde, his daughter, Daria, his son, Zach, his stepdaughter, Jessica Koslow and his grandson, Lucian, Eichhorn said. Hines had been married twice. He is also survived by his older brother Maurice and father Maurice Sr., who he had performed with. A private funeral will be held in Los Angeles this week.



08/10/03 14:22 ET

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This is so sad. He seemed the picture of health only a couple of years ago when quoted as saying how often he attended Bring in da Funk, Bring in da Noise hoping to "steal some moves". (Of course the great choreographer Alvin Ailey also died in his late 50's several years ago). Farewell, maestro!
Alvin Ailey died of AIDS.
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I saw Hines around this time last year, and he seemed the picture of perfect health. Cancer can be very serious when it goes undetected.

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Alvin Ailey died of AIDS.
I "vaguely remebered" something to that effect, but didn't say it till you now confirmed it. Another famous "dance personna" where I'm sure that's the case was Rudolf Nuryev (sp?). Ironically, Gregory co-directed a musical maybe 10 years ago with Sammy Davis, Jr. (who was already battling what indeed was terminal cancer).
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So sad! He lives in my neighborhood and I would see him taking walks by my condo (we live on the beach). I had noticed he looked a little frail but I just thought it was age.

He will be missed!
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