posted on Aug, 10 2003 @ 03:51 PM
Gregory Hines, the greatest tap dancer of his generation who transcended the stage with a successful screen career that included starring roles in
"White Nights" and "The Cotton Club," has died at 57.
Hines died of cancer Saturday in Los Angeles, publicist Allen Eichhorn said Sunday.
With his smooth, solo tap style reminiscent of Fred Astaire (news), Hines became internationally known at a young age as part of a jazz tap duo with
his brother, Maurice. He won a 1992 Tony Award for the musical "Jelly's Last Jam."
"His dancing came from something very real," said Bernadette Peters (news), who appeared with Hines as co-hosts of the 2002 Tony Awards (news - web
sites) show. "It came out of his instincts, his impulses and his amazing creativity. His whole heart and soul went into everything he did."
"He was the last of a kind of immaculate performer — a singer, dancer, actor and a personality," said George C. Wolfe, who directed "Jelly." "He
knew how to command."