Hinton Battle Biography (1956-)

Full name, Hinton G. Battle; born November 29, 1956, in Neubraecke, West Germany (now Germany); raised in various places, including Florida, Washington, DC, and Kansas; son of a U.S. army officer and a homemaker. Addresses:Agent: Gold Liedtke Associates, 3500 West Olive Ave., Suite 1400, Burbank, CA91505.

Actor, dancer, singer, choreographer
Birth Details
November 29, 1956
Neubraecke, Germany

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • Bevin, Something Different, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1967-1968
  • Shim Sham, Pennsylvania Stage Company, Allentown, PA, 1973
  • Scarecrow, The Wiz, Majestic Theatre, New York City, beginning 1975 then Broadway Theatre, New York City, c. 1977-1979
  • Dancin', Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1978-1980 then Ambassador Theatre, New York City, 1980-1982
  • Sophisticated Ladies (also known as Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies), Lunt-Fontaine Theatre, New York City, 1981-1982, then Shubert Theatre, Los Angeles, beginning 1982, later Moscow, Soviet Union (now Russia), 1988-1989, then Opera House, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 1989
  • James Thunder Early, Dreamgirls, Imperial Theatre, New York City,1982-1983
  • Dipsey, The Tap Dance Kid, Broadhurst Theatre, 1983-1985
  • Night of 100 Stars II (also known as Night of One Hundred Stars), Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1985
  • Marine lieutenant John Hunter, Miss Saigon, Broadway Theatre, beginning 1991
  • Billy Flynn, Chicago, Shubert Theatre, New York City, beginning 1997
  • Also appeared in Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, Ford's Theatre, Washington, DC.
  • Major Tours
  • Dancin', U.S. cities, 1979-1980
  • Sophisticated Ladies (also known as Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies), U.S. cities, c. 1982-1988
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Host of ID (It's Dance).
  • Movies
  • A Night on the Town, [Great Britain], 1983
  • Joe (Travis's servant), The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory, NBC, 1987
  • Hildred Shumake, The Switch, CBS, 1993
  • Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story, ABC, 2001
  • Pete, These Old Broads, ABC, 2001
  • Specials
  • Night of 100 Stars II (also known as Night of One Hundred Stars), ABC, 1985
  • Happy Birthday, Hollywood!, ABC, 1987
  • "Gregory Hines' Tap Dance in America" (also known as "Dance in America"),Great Performances, PBS, 1989
  • Presidential Inaugural Gala, CBS, 1989
  • Starathon '92: A Weekend with the Stars, syndicated, 1992
  • Himself, The Kennedy Center 25th Anniversary Celebration (also known as The Kennedy Center Presents), PBS, 1996
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 38th Annual Tony Awards, 1984
  • The 39th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1985
  • The 45th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1991
  • The 67th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1995
  • Appeared in a presentation of the Grammy awards.
  • Episodic
  • Thames, "Revenge of the Evil Leaper--September 16, 1987," Quantum Leap, NBC, 1993
  • Brother Will, Sweet Justice, NBC, 1994
  • James, Sister, Sister, The WB, 1995
  • Brian, High Incident, ABC, 1996
  • Reverend O. C. Nicks, "Number One with a Bullet," Early Edition, CBS, 1999
  • Instructor, "Owl Show Ya," The Trouble with Normal, ABC, 2000
  • Candy McCloud (the clown), "The Perfect Game," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 2001
  • Sweet, "Once More, with Feeling," Buffy the Vampire Slayer (also known as Slayer), UPN, 2001
  • Appeared in The Tracey Ullman Show, Fox; and in The Jeff Foxworthy Show.
  • Pilots
  • Cat, Red Dwarf (also known as Red Dwarf USA), NBC, 1992
  • The Boys (also known as The Guys), ABC, 1992
  • Television Work
  • Choreographer; Movies
  • Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story, ABC, 2001
  • Associate Choreographer; Awards Presentations
  • The 65th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1993
  • The 66th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1994
  • Choreographer; Episodic
  • Sister, Sister, The WB, 1995
  • Fired Up, NBC, c. 1998
  • Associate Choreographer; Pilots
  • The Boys (also known as The Guys), ABC, 1992
  • Film Appearances
  • Piano player, Daddy's Boys, New Horizons, 1988
  • Hawk, Wedding Band, IRS Media, 1990
  • Sonny Boy Williamson, Foreign Student (also known as L'etudiantetranger), Gramercy, 1994
  • Film Work
  • Choreographer; with Others
  • Foreign Student (also known as L'etudiant etranger), Gramercy, 1994
  • Music Videos
  • Choreographer for music videos.
  • Albums; Original Cast Recordings
  • The Wiz, Atlantic, 1975
  • Sophisticated Ladies, RCA Red Seal, 1981
  • The Tap Dance Kid, Polydor, 1984
  • Also appeared on the soundtrack album of Miss Saigon.

Further Reference


    • Essence, September, 1991, p. 44
    • DanceArt.com, http://www.danceart.com/hinton/hintoninterview1.htm,January 14, 1999
    • Tony Awards Online, http://www.tonys.org/pantheon/battle.html, January 22, 1999

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