Born in 1946, Gregory Hines was a terpsichorean at a very young age, taught by choreographer Henry LeTang to perform professionally with his brother Maurice and their father in a vaudeville-style act dubbed "Hines, Hines, and Dad".
Having proven his ability on the stage in both music and movement, Hines set his sights on the silver screen, landing a role in the Mel Brooks movie History of the World, Pt. 1 in 1986.
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When Hines saw the young man receive the award, he cried, speaking later of the continuing cultural heritage that had been shared.
Hines also had recurring roles on TV, both in his own series for CBS and also as the character Ben Doucette on Will and Grace.