Actor-dancer Gregory Hines

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on July 24, 2005

Someone told me that Gregory Hines passed away. Is that true?
—Diana R., Kentucky

Accomplished tap dancer and actor Gregory Hines, who had a role on NBC's Will & Grace, died from liver cancer in 2003 in Los Angeles. He was only 57, but he packed a lot into those years. He had his professional debut at age 5 and performed with his brother, Maurice, as the Hines Kids at the Apollo Theatre the following year. The brothers were reunited when they both were hired for Eubie! on Broadway in the late 1970s. Hines was nominated for three Tonys along the way, finally winning in 1992 as Best Actor for Jelly's Last Jam. He landed more than 30 roles, including that of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in TV's Bojangles, and the films Running Scared, Waiting to Exhale, Tap and The Cotton Club. Hines was married twice and had two children.