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08-10-2003, 01:30 PM
Gregory Hines who played Ben died yesterday of Cancer
My God, I just read about this online!
Such a shame. He was a very talented man.
LOS ANGELES (Aug. 10) - Tony Award winner Gregory Hines, the tap-dancing actor who started on Broadway and in movies including ``White Nights'' and ``Running Scared,'' has died, his publicist says. He was 57.
Hines died Saturday in Los Angeles of cancer, publicist Allen Eichorn said.
The dancer, among the best in his generation, won a 1993 Tony for the musical ``Jelly's Last Jam.''
Hines became internationally known as part of a jazz tap due with his brother, Maurice, and the two danced together in the musical revue ``Eubie!'' in 1978. The brothers later performed together in Broadway's ``Sophisticated Ladies'' and on film in 1984's ``The Cotton Club.''
In ``The Cotton Club,'' Hines also had a lead acting role, which led to more work in film. He starred with Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1985's ``White Nights'' and with Billy Crystal in 1986's ``Running Scared,'' and he appeared with Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett in 1995's ``Waiting to Exhale,'' among other movies.
On television, he had his own sitcom in 1997 called ``The Gregory Hines Show,'' as well as a recurring role on ``Will and Grace.'' This past March, he appeared in the spring television series ``Lost at Home.''
08-10-2003, 05:15 PM
He was a very talented actor and dancer! I loved him as Ben!
08-10-2003, 05:34 PM
08-10-2003, 08:26 PM
I started a thread for him over at Chit Chat too. :(
I've actually never seen him on W&G (when I do, it'll be teary). I was so shocked to hear this. He was so young, and so talented! He'll be missed. :(
08-10-2003, 11:48 PM
I heard about this as well I'll miss him :(
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08-11-2003, 07:39 PM
That is very sad news. There was talks that if the producers wanted to have him back on the shows once again. He was willing to come back. It's to bad, he made the show great as well. He loved to show his dancing abilities quite often on national television when he could. Those shows include The Cosby Show, The Gregory Hines Show, and of course Will and Grace.
I just wonder if this coming season they will mention the death of Ben. Or if they will dedicate an episode in Gregory's memory. You know how at the end shows put in memory of... at the end. I hope they do end up doing that.
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