February 14th in African American History – Gregory Oliver Hines

Gregory Oliver HinesFebruary 14, 1946 Gregory Oliver Hines, dancer, choreographer and actor, was born in New York City.

Hines started dancing at an early age and together with his brother and father eventually became known as Hines, Hines and Dad.

Hines made his Broadway debut with his brother in “The Girl in Pink Tights” in 1954 and earned Tony Award nominations for “Eubie!” (1979), “Comin’ Uptown” (1980), and “Sophisticated Ladies” (1981). Hines won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for “Jelly’s Last Jam” in 1992. Hines made his movie debut in “History of the World, Part 1” (1981) and subsequently appeared “White Nights” (1985), “Tap” (1989), and “Waiting to Exhale” (1995). Hines died August 9, 2003.

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