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Gregory Hines

Gregory Oliver Hines (February 14, 1946 - August 9, 2003) was an American actor and dancer, regarded by many as the greatest tap dancer of his generation, and one who transcended the stage.

Born in New York, New York, Hines learned tap dancing as a toddler from his older brother Maurice Hines. When Gregory was five years old, he and his brother began dancing professionally, most notably at the Apollo Theater, in Harlem.

Hines appeared in such movies as The Cotton Club, White Nights, Running Scared, and Tap. On television, he starred in his own series in 1997 called The Gregory Hines Show, as well as in a recurring role on Will and Grace.

He earned Tony Award nominations for "Eubie," "Comin' Uptown" and "Sophisticated Ladies." Hines won a 1992 Tony for the musical "Jelly's Last Jam."

Hines died of liver cancer at the age of 57 in Los Angeles, California. At the time of his death, he was engaged to bodybuilder Negrita Jayde.

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