In honor of Black History Month AllEyesOnWho and Entourage Magazine celebrates the memory by honoring some of the pioneers through out the month of February.
Gregory Oliver Hines (February 14, 1946 – August 9, 2003) was an American actor, singer, dancer and choreographer. He began dancing as a child and went on to launch a successful Broadway, television and film career. His notable movies include The Cotton Club and White Nights. He began tapping when he was around three years old, and began dancing semi-professionally at the age of five. Since then, he and his older brother Maurice performed together, studying with choreographer Henry LeTang. The two brothers were known as “The Hines Kids”, making nightclub appearances, and later as “The Hines Brothers”. When their father joined, Maurice Hines, Sr., the name changed again in 1963 to “Hines, Hines, and Dad”.
Gregory Hines was a true renaissance man. Actor, comedian, musician, action hero, and mentor, his achievements are numerous and he made a great contribution to the arts.
Hines died of liver cancer at 57, on August 9, 2003, en route to hospital from his home in Los Angeles.