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.
Grey in 2014
Joel David Katz
April 11, 1932
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, dancer, singer, photographer|
(m. 1958; div. 1982)
|Children||2; including Jennifer Grey|
Grey was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Goldie "Grace" (née Epstein) and Mickey Katz, a Jewish actor, comedian, and musician. He attended Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, California.
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.
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). 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.
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. 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. 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, 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.
He has performed at The Muny in St. Louis, Missouri, in roles such as George M. Cohan in George M! (1970 and 1992), the Emcee in Cabaret (1971), and Joey Evans in Pal Joey (1983). 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). 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. In 1999, he starred in Brian Friel's Give Me Your Answer, Do! mounted by Roundabout Theatre Company.
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).
Grey returned to Broadway in spring 2011 as Moonface Martin in the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Anything Goes at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. 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.
For his continued support of Broadway, Grey was named a Givenik Ambassador. He was presented with a lifetime achievement award on June 10, 2013 by The National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene. 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."
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. His third book, 1.3 – Images from My Phone, a book of photographs taken with his camera phone, was published in 2009. 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." His fourth book, The Billboard Papers: Photographs by Joel Grey, came out in 2013 and depicts the many-layered billboards of New York City.
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." Grey writes about his family, his acting career, and the challenges of being gay in his 2016 memoir, Master of Ceremonies.
|1957||Calypso Heat Wave||Alex Nash|
|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
|1992||Tom and Jerry: The Movie||Narrator|
|1993||The Music of Chance||Willy Stone|
|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|
|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"|
"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
|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"|
|1982||The Yeomen of the Guard||Jack Point||Television film|
|1987||Queenie||Aaron Diamond||2 episodes|
|1991||Matlock||Tommy DeLuca||Episode: "The Critic"|
|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"|
|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|
'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