Joel Grey

as Himself - Presenter: Best Leading Actor in a Musical in the movie The 45th Annual Tony Awards

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Real name is Joel David Katz
Was born at 11 April 1932 (now is 86 years old) in Cleveland, Ohio, USA
There is some small facts about Joel Grey:
  • 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 (I)' (The King and I (1956) ), 'Shirley Booth (I)' (Come Back, Little Sheba (1952) ), 'Rex Harrison (I)' (My Fair Lady (1964) ), 'Anne Bancroft (I)' (The Miracle Worker (1962) ), 'Paul Scofield (I)' (A Man for All Seasons (1966) ), 'Jack Albertson (I)' (The Subject Was Roses (1968) ), and 'José Ferrer (I)' (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) (TV) and Man on a Swing (1974) .
  • His favorite actor is 'James Cagney (I)' .
  • (June 2011) New York, NY USA; Starring on Broadway in the musical "Anything Goes."
  • (January 2004) He is currently performing in the Broadway musical, "Wicked", playing the part of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
  • 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.
  • There were 9 actors who won an Oscar and a Tony for playing the same role. The 9th was Lila Kedrova in Zorba the Greek on film and Zorba: the Musical on the Broadway stage.
  • Joel Grey's father, Mickey Katz, created "Borscht Capades" in the early 1950s. Mickey Katz was a musician -- a clarinetist and a saxophone player -- in bands around the east. Mickey was performing, playing in a band in Cleveland, Ohio, which is where Joel Grey was born. Musician and bandleader Spike Jones needed a clarinet player who could do bits, funny things. Mickey went on the road with Jones' band for about a year, the Katz family ending up, as the band all went to California. One day his father Mickey was doing a recording session at the Sunset Boulevard RCA-Victor recording studio in Hollywood, and during a break, Mickey always wrote parodies to pop songs for fun and had just written this parody -- he was singing it to one of the other Jewish musicians. Unbeknownst to him the microphone was open in the control room and this group of non-Jewish, white-bread heads of RCA-Victor were sitting there and he's singing a Yiddish song. They didn't know what he was singing but they were laughing and laughing and they decided to record it. The recording became an enormous hit. The records were so successful Mickey put together a variety show that sold out every week in Los Angels at the Wilshire Ebell Theater. Joel knew, even at 9, that he was going to become an actor. When his father had this variety show, Joel said, "How can I be in it?" And his father said, "Well, what do you want to do?" Joel replied, "I don't know how to sing and I don't dance, but I'll run around and I'll move." So Joel's aunt dropped him a song that was a big record in New York, a Yiddish song -- it was a million words and very fast and it was very popular with the audience -- and Joel learned it by rote. Joel had no idea what he was saying or singing and the next thing he knew, he was boxed in to being a song-and-dance man as opposed to an actor. "Romania, Romania." The song was like a Danny Kaye spectacular, fast, patter song that left a lot of room to dance and sing and mug and do all the things like his hero at the time -- Jerry Lewis. Maybe two years, Eddie Cantor saw Joel in Florida and put him on his "Colgate Comedy Hour' television show, and that was the end of the "Borscht Capades" for Joel, and the beginning of Joel's long tenure in night clubs all over the country.
Also look some video clip about Joel Grey:
There is the list of movies, where Joel Grey was taked part:
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1 Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy movie Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy 2013 as Narrator
2 Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bulls History Lesson movie Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bulls History Lesson 1976 as The Producer (Nate Salisbury)
3 Danny Kaye International Children Award for Unicef movie Danny Kaye International Children Award for Unicef 1992 as Himself
4 Dont Call Me Mama Anymore movie Dont Call Me Mama Anymore 1973 as Special Guest Star
5 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical Treasure movie Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical Treasure 2008 as Himself
6 Oscar, que empiece el espectáculo movie Oscar, que empiece el espectáculo 2008 as Himself
7 Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins movie Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins 1985 as Chiun
8 The 21st Annual Tony Awards movie The 21st Annual Tony Awards 1967 as Himself - Performer & Winner: Best Featured Actor in a Musical
9 The 43rd Annual Golden Globe Awards movie The 43rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1986 as Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
10 The 58th Annual Tony Awards movie The 58th Annual Tony Awards 2004 as Himself - Presenter & Performer
11 The 69th Annual Tony Awards movie The 69th Annual Tony Awards 2015 as Himself - Presenter: Fun Home
12 Broadway: The American Musical movie Broadway: The American Musical 2004 as Himself/Emcee
13 Crossing Jordan movie Crossing Jordan 2001 as Carl Meisner, Amnesia Victim
14 Law & Order: Criminal Intent movie Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2001 as Milton Winters
15 The Carol Burnett Show movie The Carol Burnett Show 1967 as Various Characters
16 The Infinite Voyage movie The Infinite Voyage 1987 as Narrator - 'A Taste of Health' (1991)
17 The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour movie The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour 1971 as Himself/Various Characters
18 Toast of the Town movie Toast of the Town 1948 as George M. Cohan - scene from 'George M'
19 Dallas movie Dallas 1978 as Adam
20 Twas the Night Before Christmas movie Twas the Night Before Christmas 1974 as Joshua Trundle
21 111 Gramercy Park movie 111 Gramercy Park 2003 as Hornsby
22 A Christmas Carol movie A Christmas Carol 1999 as The Ghost of Christmas Past
23 A. Hitler movie A. Hitler 2010 as Joseph Goebbels
24 About Face movie About Face 1952 as Bender
25 All-Star Salute to Fords Theater movie All-Star Salute to Fords Theater 1986 as Himself
26 An Evening with Burt Bacharach movie An Evening with Burt Bacharach 1970 as Himself
27 Cabaret movie Cabaret 1972 as Master of Ceremonies
28 Cabaret: A Legend in the Making movie Cabaret: A Legend in the Making 1997 as Himself - 'Master of Ceremonies'
29 Calypso Heat Wave movie Calypso Heat Wave 1957 as Alex Nash
30 Charlie Chaplin: The Little Tramp movie Charlie Chaplin: The Little Tramp 1980 as Himself - Host and Narrator
31 Choke movie Choke 2008 as Phil
32 Choreography: Creating Vincent Patersons Dance Sequences movie Choreography: Creating Vincent Patersons Dance Sequences 2000 as Himself
33 Christmas at Radio City Music Hall movie Christmas at Radio City Music Hall 1986 as Himself - Host
34 Come September movie Come September 1961 as Beagle
35 Cooking with Wolfgang Puck movie Cooking with Wolfgang Puck 1987 as Himself
36 Dallas Reunion: Return to Southfork movie Dallas Reunion: Return to Southfork 2004 as Adam the Devil
37 Dancer in the Dark movie Dancer in the Dark 2000 as Oldrich Novy
38 George M! movie George M! 1970 as George M. Cohan
39 Great Broadway Musical Moments from the Ed Sullivan Show movie Great Broadway Musical Moments from the Ed Sullivan Show 2015 as George M. Cohan
40 Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History - 1960s movie Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History - 1960s 2009 as Himself
There is the list of interview of Joel Grey:
  • "Starlog" (USA), March 1986, Vol. 9, Iss. 104, pg. 34-35, by: Will Murray, "Joel Grey: Beneath the Face of Chiun"
There is the list of some articles of Joel Grey:
  • "Spotlight, Walking the Walk" (USA), 27 February 2009, Vol. 51, Iss. 15, pg. 2, by: Adrienne Papp, "Oscars Spotlight"
  • "The New York Times" (USA), 23 May 2008, Vol. 157, Iss. 54,319, pg. F1 & F6, by: Louise Tutelian, "Putting Out a 'Willkommen' Mat"
  • "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (USA), December 2004, Vol. 5, Iss. 16, pg. 46-48, by: Ian Spelling, "What's Up Doc?"
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