Joel Grey

Joel Grey (born Joel David Katz; April 11, 1932) is an American actor, singer, dancer, director, and photographer. He is best known for portraying the Master of Ceremonies in the Kander & Ebb musical Cabaret, as well as in the 1972 film adaptation. He has won an Academy Award, Tony Award, and Golden Globe Award.

He also originated the role of George M. Cohan in the musical George M! in 1968, and the Wizard of Oz in the musical Wicked. He also starred as Moonface Martin in the Broadway revivals of Anything Goes and as Amos Hart in Chicago.

Joel Grey
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Grey in 2014
Born
Joel David Katz

April 11, 1932 (age 86)
OccupationActor, dancer, singer, photographer
Years active1952–present
Spouse(s)
Jo Wilder
(m. 1958; div. 1982)
Children2; including Jennifer Grey
Parent(s)Mickey Katz
Grace Epstein

Early life

Grey was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Goldie "Grace" (née Epstein) and Mickey Katz, a Jewish actor, comedian, and musician.[1][2][3] He attended Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, California.[4]

Career

He started his career in the Cleveland Play House's Curtain Pullers children's theatre program in the early 1940s, appearing in productions such as Grandmother Slyboots, Jack of Tarts and a lead role in their mainstage production of On Borrowed Time.[5][6]

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Grey in a publicity photo in 1955

Grey originated the role of the Master of Ceremonies in the Broadway musical Cabaret in 1966 for which he won a Tony Award. Additional Broadway credits include Come Blow Your Horn (1961), Stop the World - I Want to Get Off (1962), Half a Sixpence (1965), George M! (1968), Goodtime Charley (1975), The Grand Tour (1979), Chicago (1996), Wicked (2003), and Anything Goes (2011).[7] In November 1995, he performed as the Wizard in The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True a staged concert of the popular story at Lincoln Center to benefit the Children's Defense Fund. The performance was originally broadcast on Turner Network Television (TNT) in November 1995, and released on CD and video in 1996.[8]

Grey won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in March 1973 for his performance as the Master of Ceremonies in the 1972 film version of Cabaret.[9] His victory was part of a Cabaret near-sweep, which saw Liza Minnelli win Best Actress and Bob Fosse win Best Director, although it lost the Best Picture Oscar to The Godfather.[10] For that role, Grey also won a BAFTA award for "The Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles" and Best Supporting Actor awards from the Golden Globes, Kansas City Film Critics Circle, National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, National Society of Film Critics,[9] and a Tony Award for his original stage performance six years prior, making him one of only ten people who have won both a Tony Award and an Academy Award for the same role.[11]

He has performed at The Muny in St. Louis, Missouri, in roles such as George M. Cohan in George M! (1970 and 1992),[12] the Emcee in Cabaret (1971), and Joey Evans in Pal Joey (1983).[1] At the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Grey played the title role in their production of Platonov (1977).

Grey appeared as a panelist for the television game show What's My Line? in the 1967 season, as well as being the first Mystery Guest during its syndication in 1968. He was the guest star for the third episode of The Muppet Show in its first season in 1976, singing "Razzle Dazzle" from Chicago and "Willkommen" from Cabaret. He also played Master of Sinanju Chiun, Remo's elderly Korean martial arts master in the movie Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985), a role that garnered him a Saturn Award and a second Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Chiun's character was popular for the lines "Meat of cow kills", and "You move like a pregnant yak", from the movie. In 1991, he played Adam, a devil, in the final episode of the television series Dallas (1991).[13] That same year, Grey also appeared in the American Repertory Theatre's production of When We Dead Awaken at the Sao Paulo Biennale. In 1993 he starred in New York Stage & Film's production of John Patrick Shanley's A Fool and Her Fortune and received an "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series" Emmy nomination for his recurring role as Jacob Prossman on the television series Brooklyn Bridge. In 1995, he made a guest appearance on Star Trek: Voyager as an aging rebel seeking to free his (deceased) wife from prison.[14] In 1999, he starred in Brian Friel's Give Me Your Answer, Do! mounted by Roundabout Theatre Company.

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Grey at the 45th Emmy Awards, 1993

In 2000, Grey played Oldrich Novy in the film Dancer in the Dark and had recurring television roles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (as the evil reptilian demon Doc, 2001), Oz (as Lemuel Idzik, 2003) and Alias (as "Another Mr. Sloane", 2005). He played a wealthy, paroled ex-convict on Law & Order: Criminal Intent (episode "Cuba Libre", 2003). Grey also originated the role of the Wizard of Oz in the hit Broadway musical Wicked. He also appeared on the shows House and Brothers & Sisters (2007), on the latter of which he played the role of Dr. Bar-Shalom, Sarah and Joe's marriage counselor. He appeared as Izzie's high school teacher who needs treatment for dementia in Grey's Anatomy (2009).[14][15][16][17]

Grey returned to Broadway in spring 2011 as Moonface Martin in the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Anything Goes at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.[18] He also played Ned in the 1985 Off-Broadway production of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart, and went on to co-direct the Tony Award-winning revival in 2011.[19]

For his continued support of Broadway, Grey was named a Givenik Ambassador.[20] He was presented with a lifetime achievement award on June 10, 2013 by The National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene.[21] Grey received the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre on December 5, 2016, presented by the York Theatre Company in New York City. The theatre said, in part: "we are thrilled to celebrate the extraordinary Joel Grey, whose artistry — for over half a century — has become an indelible part of Broadway history."[22]

Personal life

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Grey with ex-wife Jo Wilder in 1979

In 1958, Grey married Jo Wilder; they divorced in 1982. Together, they had two children: actress Jennifer (star of the film Dirty Dancing) and chef James.[1][23]

He is a photographer; his first book of photographs, Pictures I Had to Take, was published in 2003; its follow-up, Looking Hard at Unexpected Things, was published in 2006.[24] His third book, 1.3 – Images from My Phone, a book of photographs taken with his camera phone, was published in 2009.[25] An exhibition of his work was held in April 2011 at the Museum of the City of New York, titled "Joel Grey/A New York Life."[26] His fourth book, The Billboard Papers: Photographs by Joel Grey, came out in 2013 and depicts the many-layered billboards of New York City.[27]

In January 2015, Grey discussed his sexuality in an interview with People, stating: "I don't like labels, but if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man."[28] Grey writes about his family, his acting career, and the challenges of being gay in his 2016 memoir, Master of Ceremonies.[29]

Work

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1952 About Face Bender
1957 Calypso Heat Wave Alex Nash
1961 Come September Beagle
1972 Cabaret Master of Ceremonies Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
1974 Man on a Swing Franklin Wills
1976 The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Lowenstein
1976 Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson Nate Salsbury
1985 Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins Chiun "Master of Sinanju" Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
1991 Kafka Burgel
1992 Tom and Jerry: The Movie Narrator
1992 The Player Himself Cameo
1993 The Music of Chance Willy Stone
1994 The Dangerous Flea
1995 Venus Rising Jimmie
1996 The Empty Mirror Joseph Goebbels
1996 My Friend Joe Simon
2000 The Fantasticks Amos Babcock Bellamy
2001 Dancer in the Dark Oldrich Novy
2001 Reaching Normal Dr. Mensley
2008 Choke Phil

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1951 The Colgate Comedy Hour Young Talent Guest Host: Eddie Cantor, April 1, 1951
1956 Producers' Showcase Jack Episode: "Jack and the Beanstalk"
1957 Telephone Time Ray Episode: "The Intruder"
1957 December Bride Jimmy 3 episodes
1957 The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom Himself 4 episodes
1958 The Court of Last Resort Floyd Todd Episode: "The Todd-Loomis Case"
1958 Little Women Theodore "Laurie" Laurence Television film
1959 Maverick Billy the Kid Episode: "Full House"
1960 Bronco Samson 'Runt' Bowles Episode: "Masquerade"
1960 The Ann Sothern Show Billy Wilton Episode: "Billy"
1960–1961 Lawman Owny O'Reilly Episodes:
"The Salvation of Owny O'Reilly" (Season 2, April 24, 1960)
"The Return of Owny O'Reilly" (Season 3, October 16, 1960)
"Owny O'Reilly, Esquire" (Season 4, October 15, 1961)
1961 Westinghouse Playhouse Herbie Episode: "Nanette's Teenage Suitor"
1961 77 Sunset Strip Joey Kellogg Episode: "Open and Close in One"
1966 My Lucky Penny Freddy Rockefeller Pilot
1971 Ironside Mike Jaeger Episode: "A Killing at the Track"
1972 Night Gallery Andrew MacBane Episode: "I'll Never Leave You - Ever/There Aren't Any More MacBanes"
1972 Man on a String Big Joe Brown Television film
1973 The $10,000 Pyramid Himself / Celebrity Guest Season One: August 13–17, 1973
Peggy Cass vs. Joel Grey[30]
1974 Twas the Night Before Christmas Narrator / Mr. Trundel (voice) Television film
1974 The Carol Burnett Show Gary Segment: "Carol and Sis"
1976 The Muppet Show Himself (guest) Episode: "Joel Grey"
1981 Paddington Himself Host
1982 Alice Himself 2 episodes
1982 The Yeomen of the Guard Jack Point Television film
1987 Queenie Aaron Diamond 2 episodes
1991 Matlock Tommy DeLuca Episode: "The Critic"
1991 Dallas Adam Episode: "Conundrum"
1992–1993 Brooklyn Bridge Jacob Prossman 2 episodes
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
1995 The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True Narrator of Kansas / Professor Marvel / Gatekeeper of Emerald City / Coachman of "Horse of a Different Color" / Doorman to the Wizard's Palace / The Wizard Television stage performance benefiting the Children's Defense Fund
1995 Star Trek: Voyager Caylem Episode: "Resistance"
1999–2000 The Outer Limits Dr. Neil Seward / Gideon Banks 2 episodes
1999 A Christmas Carol Ghost of Christmas Past Television film
2000 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Doc 3 episodes
2001 Touched by an Angel Ronald 2 episodes
2001 Further Tales of the City Guido 3 episodes
2003 Oz Lemuel Idzik 6 episodes
2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Milton Winters Episode: "Cuba Libre"
2005 Alias Another Mr. Sloane 3 episodes
2005 Crossing Jordan Carl Meisner, Amnesia Victim Episode: "Forget Me Not"
2006 House Dr. Ezra Powell Episode: "Informed Consent"
2007 Brothers & Sisters Dr. Jude Bar-Shalom Episode: "Love Is Difficult"
2008 Phineas and Ferb Beppo (voice) Episode: "The Monster of Phineas-n-Ferbenstein/Oil on Candace"
2009 Private Practice Dr. Alexander Ball Episode: "Nothing to Fear"
2009 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Singer Episode: "New History"
2012 Nurse Jackie Dick Bobbitt Episode: "Day of the Iguana"
2013 Warehouse 13 Monty the Magnificent Episode: "The Sky's the Limit"
2014 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Hank Kasserman Episode: "Keep Calm and Carry On"

Stage

Year Title Role Notes
1951 Borscht Capades Credited as Joel Kaye
1956 The Littlest Revue
1961 Come Blow Your Horn Buddy Baker
1962 Stop the World - I Want to Get Off Littlechap
1965 Half a Sixpence Arthur Kipps
1966 Cabaret Master of Ceremonies Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
1968 George M! George M. Cohan Nominated – Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
1975 Goodtime Charley Charley Nominated – Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Nominated – Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
1977 Marco Polo Sings a Solo Stony McBride
1979 The Grand Tour S. L. Jacobowsky Nominated – Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Nominated – Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
1985 The Normal Heart Ned Weeks
1987 Cabaret Master of Ceremonies Nominated – Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
1991 When We Dead Awaken American Repertory Theatre's production at the Sao Paulo Biennale, directed by Robert Wilson
1996 Chicago Amos Hart Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
1999 Give Me Your Answer, Do! Jack Donovan
2003 Wicked The Wizard of Oz
2011 Anything Goes Moonface Martin
2011 The Normal Heart Director
2016 The Cherry Orchard Firs
2018 Fiddler on the Roof Director; American premiere of the play in Yiddish for the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "Joel Grey Biography (1932-)". Film Reference. Retrieved 2014-02-23.
  2. ^ Stratton, Bert (July 25, 2012). "MICKELE : Mickey Katz lives". Cleveland Jewish News.
  3. ^ "KATZ, MEYER MYRON - The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History". Case Western Reserve University. July 17, 1997.
  4. ^ Katz, Mickey (1977). Papa, play for me. Hannibal Coons, foreword by Joel Grey, introduction by Josh Kun. Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press. p. 105. ISBN 0-8195-6433-8. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
  5. ^ Prideaux, Tom (August 23, 1968). "The Birth of Yankee Doodle Joel". Life Magazine. New York City: Time Inc. pp. 58–59.
  6. ^ Oldenburg, Chloe (1985). Leaps of Faith: History of the Cleveland Play House, 1915-85. Cleveland.
  7. ^ Internet Broadway Database listing ibdb.com, retrieved December 21, 2009
  8. ^ Zad, Martie. "Stars in Concert With Music of 'Oz'", The Washington Post, p. Y04, November 19, 1995
  9. ^ a b Internet Movie Database listing, Awards imdb.com, retrieved December 21, 2009
  10. ^ Internet Movie Database listing, Cabaret, Awards imdb.com, retrieved December 21, 2009
  11. ^ "Tony Facts and Trivia". TonyAwards.com. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  12. ^ Kowarsky, Gerry (August 5, 1992). "Joel Grey Is A Charismatic 'George M!'". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. St. Louis, Missouri. p. 5F.
  13. ^ Carter, Bill (May 6, 1991). "So 'Dallas' is Finally Over. Or Is It?". The New York Times. New York City: New York Times Company. p. C14.
  14. ^ a b Internet Movies Database listing, roles imdb.com, retrieved December 21, 2009
  15. ^ "Love is Difficult" episode summary tv.com, retrieved December 27, 2009
  16. ^ "New History" episode summary tv.com, retrieved December 27, 2009
  17. ^ "Cuba Libre" summary tv.com, retrieved December 27, 2009
  18. ^ "Bon Voyage! Anything Goes, With Sutton Foster and Joel Grey, Opens on Broadway" Archived 2011-06-13 at the Wayback Machine playbill.com
  19. ^ Gans, Andrew. "'Normal Heart', with Joe Mantello, Ellen Barkin, John Benjamin Hickey, Will Play Broadway's Golden" Archived 2011-02-26 at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, February 23, 2011
  20. ^ Gioia, Michael. "Joel Grey, Reeve Carney, Rory O'Malley Are Givenik Ambassadors (Video)". Playbill. Playbill. Archived from the original on 2011-05-19.
  21. ^ Purcell, Carey. "Joel Grey to Be Honored by National Yiddish Theatre June 10" Playbill, June 7, 2013, accessed December 7, 2016
  22. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Bernadette Peters, Sutton Foster, Christine Ebersole, and More Honor Joel Grey December 5" Playbill, December 5, 2016
  23. ^ Laufenberg, Norbert B. Entertainment Celebrities, p. 274. Trafford Publishing, 2005.
  24. ^ Joel Grey Looking Hard at Unexamined Things. Joel Grey Photographer.
  25. ^ Samelson, Judy. SHELF LIFE: "American Theatre Reader," Photos by Joel Grey, New Looks at Bernstein and Horne playbill.com, May 30, 2009
  26. ^ ""Joel Grey/A New York Life" Exhibition Will Open at Museum of the City of New York in April". Playbill.com. Archived from the original on 1 March 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  27. ^ "The Billboard Papers by Joel Grey" Archived 2015-12-19 at the Wayback Machine Musée Magazine, September 19, 2013
  28. ^ McNeil, Liz. "Broadway Legend Joel Grey Opens Up About His Sexuality" people.com, January 28, 2015
  29. ^ Bayard, Louis (February 3, 2016)."Joel Grey takes center stage in 'Master of Ceremonies'". The Washington Post.
  30. ^ TV.com. "$10,000 Pyramid: Peggy Cass & Joel Grey". TV.com. Retrieved 4 September 2017.

Sources

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External links

'Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974 TV special)

'Twas the Night Before Christmas is a 1974 animated Christmas television special produced by Rankin/Bass Productions and based on the famous 1823 poem that opens with this line. The special first originally aired on CBS on December 8, 1974 where it aired annually until 1994, when The Family Channel (now Freeform) took over its syndication rights. AMC took over syndication rights for the special in 2018.Although the opening credits mention "told and sung by Joel Grey", it is really narrated by George Gobel, as there is more emphasis on the point of view of Father Mouse, with Moore's poem read by Grey as a secondary plot.

Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson

Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson is a 1976 revisionist Western film directed by Robert Altman and based on the play Indians by Arthur Kopit. It stars Paul Newman as William F. Cody, alias Buffalo Bill, along with Geraldine Chaplin, Will Sampson, Joel Grey, Harvey Keitel and Burt Lancaster as Bill's biographer, Ned Buntline. It was filmed in Panavision by cinematographer Paul Lohmann.

As in his earlier film MASH, Altman skewers an American historical myth of heroism, in this case the notion that noble white men fighting bloodthirsty savages won the West. However, the film was poorly received at the time of its release, as the country was celebrating its bicentennial.

Cabaret (1972 film)

Cabaret is a 1972 American musical drama film directed by Bob Fosse, and starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York, and Joel Grey.Situated in Berlin during the Weimar Republic in 1931, under the presence of the growing Nazi Party, the film is loosely based on the 1966 Broadway musical Cabaret by Kander and Ebb, which was adapted from the novel The Berlin Stories / Goodbye to Berlin (1939) by Christopher Isherwood and the 1951 play I Am a Camera adapted from the same book. Only a few numbers from the stage score were used for the film; Kander and Ebb wrote new ones to replace those that were discarded. In the traditional manner of musical theater, called an "integrated musical", every significant character in the stage version sings to express his or her own emotion and to advance the plot. In the film version, the musical numbers are entirely diegetic, taking place inside the club, with one exception, "Tomorrow Belongs to Me", the only song sung neither by Grey's character of the Kit Kat Klub's Master of Ceremonies nor by Minnelli's character of Sally Bowles. In the sexually charged "Two Ladies", about a ménage à trois, the Master of Ceremonies is joined by two of the Kit Kat girls.

After the box office failure of his film version of Sweet Charity in 1969, Bob Fosse bounced back with Cabaret in 1972, a year that made him the most honored director in the movie business. The film also brought Liza Minnelli, the daughter of Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli, her own first chance to sing on screen, and she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. With Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Joel Grey), Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Sound, Best Original Song Score and Adaptation, and Best Film Editing, Cabaret holds the record for most Oscars earned by a film not honored for Best Picture. It is listed as number 367 on Empire’s 500 greatest films of all time.Cabaret opened to glowing reviews and strong box office, eventually taking in more than $20 million. In addition to its eight Oscars, it won Best Picture citations from the National Board of Review and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and took Best Supporting Actor honors for Grey from the National Board of Review, the Hollywood Foreign Press, and the National Society of Film Critics.

Cabaret (musical)

Cabaret is a 1966 musical with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and book by Joe Masteroff, based on John Van Druten's 1951 play I Am a Camera, which was adapted from the short novel Goodbye to Berlin (1939) by Christopher Isherwood. Set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power, it focuses on the nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub, and revolves around American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with English cabaret performer Sally Bowles.

A sub-plot involves the doomed romance between German boarding house owner Fräulein Schneider and her elderly suitor Herr Schultz, a Jewish fruit vendor. Overseeing the action is the Master of Ceremonies at the Kit Kat Klub. The club serves as a metaphor for ominous political developments in late Weimar Germany.

The 1966 original Broadway production became a hit, inspiring numerous subsequent productions in London and New York, as well as the 1972 film of the same name.

Cleveland Play House

Cleveland Play House (CPH) is a professional regional theater company located in Cleveland, Ohio. It was founded in 1915 and built its own noted theater complex in 1927. Currently the company performs at the Allen Theatre in Playhouse Square where it has been based since 2011.Cleveland Play House is organized like most American theater companies, with a board of directors and a number of administrators. The Board of Directors is chaired by Janice E. Focke. The Artistic Director is Laura Kepley and the Managing Director is Kevin Moore. The theater's national directors are Alan Alda, Austin Pendleton, and Joel Grey.

The theatre received the 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award on June 7, 2015 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Dancer in the Dark

Dancer in the Dark (Danish: Danser i mørket) is a 2000 musical melodrama film directed by Lars von Trier. It stars Icelandic musician Björk as a daydreaming immigrant factory worker who suffers from a degenerative eye condition and is saving up to pay for an operation to prevent her young son from suffering the same fate. Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Cara Seymour, Peter Stormare, Siobhan Fallon Hogan and Joel Grey also star.

The soundtrack for the film, released as the album Selmasongs, was written mainly by Björk, but a number of songs featured contributions from Mark Bell and the lyrics were by von Trier and Sjón. Three songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music were also used in the film.

This is the third film in von Trier's "Golden Heart Trilogy"; the other two films are Breaking the Waves (1996) and The Idiots (1998). The film was an international co-production among companies based in thirteen countries and regions: Denmark, Argentina, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States. It was shot with a handheld camera, and was somewhat inspired by a Dogme 95 look.

Dancer in the Dark premiered at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival to standing ovations and controversy, but was nonetheless awarded the Palme d'Or, along with the Best Actress award for Björk. The song "I've Seen It All", with Thom Yorke, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song but lost to "Things Have Changed" by Bob Dylan from Wonder Boys. The film continues to polarize critics, being seen by some as melodramatic and by others as one of the most important films of the 21st century.

Frozen (House)

"Frozen" is the eleventh episode of the fourth season of House and the eighty-first episode overall. It aired on February 3, 2008, following Super Bowl XLII; it attracted slightly more than 29 million viewers, making it the highest rated House episode of the entire series. It was ranked third for the week, tied with that week's episode of American Idol (also on Fox) and outranked only by the Super Bowl game and the Super Bowl post-game show.House became the first dramatic TV series to be the lead-out program of a Fox-aired Super Bowl since The X-Files following Super Bowl XXXI. This is the second episode of the show to have an Academy Award winner as a guest star – Mira Sorvino (the first was "Informed Consent" with Joel Grey).

George M!

George M! is a Broadway musical based on the life of George M. Cohan, the biggest Broadway star of his day who was known as "The Man Who Owned Broadway." The book for the musical was written by Michael Stewart, John Pascal, and Francine Pascal. Music and lyrics were, of course, by George M. Cohan himself, with revisions for the musical by Cohan's daughter, Mary Cohan.

The story covers the period from the late 1880s until 1937 and focuses on Cohan's life and show business career from his early days in vaudeville with his parents and sister to his later success as a Broadway singer, dancer, composer, lyricist, theatre director and producer. The show includes such Cohan hit songs as "Give My Regards To Broadway", "You're A Grand Old Flag", and "Yankee Doodle Dandy."

Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

The Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture was first awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in 1944 for a performance in a motion picture released in the previous year.

The formal title has varied since its inception; since 2005, the award has officially been called "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture".

Five actors have won the award twice: Richard Attenborough, Edmund Gwenn, Martin Landau, Edmond O'Brien, and Christoph Waltz.

Goodtime Charley

Goodtime Charley is a musical with a book by Sidney Michaels, music by Larry Grossman, and lyrics by Hal Hackady.

A humorous take on actual historical events, it focuses on the Dauphin of France, who evolves from a hedonistic young man enamored of women in general (and Joan of Arc in particular) into a regal king while Joan follows her voices to her tragic fate.

Informed Consent (House)

"Informed Consent" is the third episode of the third season of House and the forty-ninth episode overall.

Jennifer Grey

Jennifer Grey (born March 26, 1960) is an American actress. She is known for her roles in the 1980s films Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) and Dirty Dancing (1987), for which Grey earned a Golden Globe Award nomination. Her television work includes her 2010 victory in season eleven of Dancing with the Stars, and starring in the Amazon Studios comedy series Red Oaks.

Kafka (film)

Kafka is a 1991 French-American mystery thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh. Ostensibly a biopic, based on the life of Franz Kafka, the film blurs the lines between fact and Kafka's fiction (most notably The Castle and The Trial), creating a Kafkaesque atmosphere. It was written by Lem Dobbs, and stars Jeremy Irons in the title role, with Theresa Russell, Ian Holm, Jeroen Krabbé, Joel Grey, Armin Mueller-Stahl, and Alec Guinness.

Released after Soderbergh's critically acclaimed debut Sex, Lies, and Videotape it was the first of what would be a series of low-budget box-office disappointments. It has since become a cult film, being compared to Terry Gilliam's Brazil and David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch.

Man on a Swing

Man on a Swing is a 1974 American thriller film directed by Frank Perry and written by David Zelag Goodman. The film stars Cliff Robertson, Joel Grey, Dorothy Tristan, Elizabeth Wilson and George Voskovec. The film was released on February 27, 1974, by Paramount Pictures.

Simon Says (The Outer Limits)

"Simon Says" is an episode from the sixth season of The Outer Limits. It originally aired on 10 March 2000.

Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical

The Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical is awarded to the actor who was voted as the best actor in a musical play, whether a new production or a revival. The award has been given since 1948, but the nominees who did not win have only been publicly announced since 1956.

Awards for Joel Grey

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