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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 11 April 1932Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Birth NameJoel David Katz
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Joel Grey was born on April 11, 1932 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Joel David Katz. He is an actor, known for Dancer in the Dark (2000), Cabaret (1972) and A Christmas Carol (1999). He was previously married to Jo Wilder.

Spouse (1)

Jo Wilder (29 June 1958 - 1982) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (20)

Father of Jennifer Grey
Son of Mickey Katz
Was the first Mystery Guest on the syndicated revival of What's My Line? (1968).
Son James is a chef.
Won Broadway's 1967 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical) for originating the role of the Emcee in "Cabaret," a role he recreated in an Oscar-winning performance in the film version of the same name, Cabaret (1972). He also earned three Tony nominations as Best Actor (Musical): in 1969 for the title role of George M. Cohan in "George M!," in 1975 for "Goodtime Charley," and in 1979 for "The Grand Tour."
Father-in-law of Clark Gregg.
One of only eight actors to have won both a Tony and an Oscar for having portrayed the same role on stage and screen (Cabaret (1972)). The others are Yul Brynner (The King and I (1956)), Shirley Booth (Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)), Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady (1964)), Anne Bancroft (The Miracle Worker (1962)), Paul Scofield (A Man for All Seasons (1966)), Jack Albertson (The Subject Was Roses (1968)), and José Ferrer (Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)).
Is mentioned in Mercury Rev's song, "Lincoln's Eyes".
Sang "Razzle-Dazzle," from the musical "Chicago", when he hosted The Muppet Show (1976). His daughter Jennifer Grey appeared in Dirty Dancing (1987) with Jerry Orbach, who played Billy Flynn in "Chicago" and sang that very song.
First appeared on stage at the age of 10.
He is sometimes confused with actor Ron Rifkin and vice versa. Due to this, Grey guest-starred on Alias (2001) as a man brainwashed into thinking he was the evil terrorist-spy Arvin Sloane, who was played by Rifkin.
After having played George M. Cohan in the 1968 Broadway (New York) musical "George M!", he would often be invited to recreate the character by singing several of Cohan's songs at patriotic gatherings.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Live Theatre at 6753 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Made his film debut in About Face (1952).
Appeared in 2 unrelated movies with similar titles: Man on a String (1972) and Man on a Swing (1974).
His favorite actor is James Cagney.
New York, NY USA; Starring on Broadway in the musical "Anything Goes." [June 2011]
He is currently performing in the Broadway musical, "Wicked", playing the part of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. [January 2004]
Is a serious photographer who has published four books of his work, th latest in 2013. Says he is inspired by the work of Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist and Joseph Cornell.
Played two different characters who asked to be euthanized in two different medical dramas. In the 2009 episode of Private Practice "Nothing to Fear" he played Dr. Alexander Bell, a cancer patient who asked Pete to euthanize him. In the 2006 episode of House M.D. "Informed Consent" he played Ezra Powell, also a cancer patient who asked to be euthanized. Both characters also threatened to commit suicide if their wishes were not fulfilled.

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