DWTS: Who is Joel Grey (VIDEO)

Eddie Cantor presents Joel Grey (1954)

Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey perform “Money Money” from the 1972 Bob Fosse movie “Cabaret.”

If you recall, Kelly Osbourne and Louis van Amstel paid tribute to “Cabaret.”

Joel Grey winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

In the revival, the role would be played by Alan Cumming. Alan Cumming and Grey performed together at the Kennedy Center.

On “The Muppet Show”

Here’s Joel Grey performing in the original Broadway cast of “Wicked” as the Wizard of Oz.

Broadway and musical lovers know Joel Grey, the famous father of Jennifer Grey. Jennifer Grey may have been in two iconic movies–the 1986 “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and the 1987 “Dirty Dancing,” but her only Broadway credit is the 1993 “The Twilight of the Golds.”

Jennifer Grey was also known for her engagements to famous people: Matthew Broderick and Johnny Depp. Her badly botched rhinoplasty aslo made the news. She eventually married actor/director Clark Gregg in 2001.

Jennifer Grey was born in NYC to Joel Grey and his wife Jo Wilder. The attended the private school the Dalton School where she studied acting and dance.

Joel Grey was born Joel David Katz in Cleveland and his father was Mickey Katz who was an actor, comedian and musician.

Joel Grey was the original MC in the 1966 Broadway show “Cabaret” for which he won a Tony Award. When the movie was made in 1972, he would recreate his role and win an Oscar, becoming one of eight people who have won both a Tony and an Oscar for the same role.  He also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA.

Joel Grey returned to the role in the 1987 revival.  In 1998, Alan Cumming would play a very different MC in the revival and win a Tony Award as well.

Joel Grey would be nominated as a lead actor for the 1969 “George M!, the 1975 “Goodtime Charley” and the 1979 “The Grand Tour.”  He would play Amos Hart in the 1996 revival of “Chicago.” He was in the original 2003 cast of “Wicked” as the Wizard of Oz. He’ll be in the revival of “Anything Goes” in 2011.

Grey has appeared on such popular TV series as “The Muppet Show” in 1976, “Dallas” in 1991, “Star Trek: Voyager” in 1996, “The Outer Limits” twice in 1999 and 2000, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” in 2000, Law & Order: Criminal Intent” in 2003, in “Alias” in 2005, “House” in 2006 and in 2009 he appeared in “Private Practice” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”


About Jana J. Monji

I've written for the Rafu Shimpo, LA Weekly, LA Times, Examiner.com and, more recently, the Pasadena Weekly and RogerEbert.com. I formerly worked for a dot-com more interested in yodeling than its customers.

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