Gregory Hines

February 14, 1946 – August 9, 2003

Tony and Emmy award-winning dancer, singer and actor, Gregory Hines, was always on the stage. From a young age, Gregory (along with brother, Maurice, and sometimes their father) would entertain audiences in nightclubs throughout their native New York City. Especially adept at tap dancing, young Gregory eventually headed to Hollywood and found work as a musician and actor. He appeared in a number of movies such as Mel Brooks’ The History of the World, Part I and Running Scared – alongside Billy Crystal.  He had massive hits on Broadway like Eubie! and Jelly’s Last Jam, the latter of which earned him a Tony win. His idol, mentor and Tap co-star, Sammy Davis Jr., passed Hines the proverbial torch to carry on his legacy before passing away in 1990. This was not lost on Gregory. He taught and mentored new generations of tap dancers, including renowned dancer/choreographer Savion Glover. He danced with Baryshnikov. He sang with Vandross. He acted with Muppets. What more can you say about a career?

In 2003, at the age of 57, Gregory Hines died of liver cancer in Los Angeles.

Burial

St. Volodymyr’s Ukrainian Cemetery – Oakville, ON, CANADA

Specific Location

Section 2J, Lot 1 – From the cemetery’s Dundas St. entrance, follow the main road first to the right, then around to the left until it reaches a multi-way intersection near the Fourth Line gate. Gregory and his partner, Negrita, are buried on your left at the corner of the section.

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