Joel Grey Biography (1932-)

Original name, Joel Katz; born April 11, 1932, in Cleveland, OH; son of Mickey (a comedian, actor, and director) and Grace Katz; married Jo Wilder (an actress), June 29, 1958 (divorced, 1982); children: Jennifer (an actress), James. Addresses: Agent: Nevin Dolcefino, Innovative Artists, 1505 10th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, dancer, singer
Birth Details
April 11, 1932
Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • Pud, On Borrowed Time, Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland, OH, 1941
  • Borscht Capades (revue), 1948, then Royale Theatre, New York City,1951
  • The Littlest Revue, Phoenix Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1956
  • Buddy Baker, Come Blow Your Horn, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1961
  • Littlechap, Stop the World--I Want to Get Off, Ambassador Theatre,New York City, 1963-1964
  • Arthur Kipps, Half a Sixpence (musical), Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1965
  • Harry, Noon and Night, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1965
  • Master of ceremonies, Cabaret (musical), Broadhurst Theatre, 1966-1967
  • George M. Cohan (title role), George M! (musical), Palace Theatre,New York City, 1969, then Curran Theatre, San Francisco, CA, 1969
  • 1776, Theatre at Maddox Hall, Atlanta, GA, 1972
  • Charley, Goodtime Charley (musical), Palace Theatre, 1975
  • The Joel Grey Show, Nanuet, NY, 1975
  • Stony McBride, Marco Polo Sings a Solo, New York Shakespeare Festival, Estelle R. Newman Theatre, Public Theatre, New York City, 1977
  • Title role, Platonov, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown,MA, 1977
  • S. L. Jacobowsky, The Grand Tour (musical), Palace Theatre, 1979
  • Olim, Silverlake, New York City Opera, New York City, 1980
  • Night of 100 Stars, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1982
  • Pal Joey, 1983
  • Ned Weeks, The Normal Heart, New York Shakespeare Festival, LuEsther Hall, Public Theatre, New York City, 1985
  • Master of ceremonies, Cabaret (musical), Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1987-1988, then Minskoff Theatre, New York City, 1988
  • Pal Joey, 1988-1989
  • Night of 100 Stars III, Radio City Music Hall, 1990
  • When We Dead Awaken, American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, MA, 1991
  • Title role, Herringbone, Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, CT, 1992-1993
  • Master of ceremonies, Cabaret (musical), Broadway production, c. 1995, then London, 1998
  • Amos Hart, Chicago (musical), City Center Theatre, New York City,then Richard Rodgers Theatre, New York City, 1996
  • Jack Donovan, Give Me Your Answer, Do!, Roundabout Theatre Company, Gramercy Theatre, New York City, 1999-2000
  • The wizard, Wicked, Gershwin Theatre, New York City, 2003
  • Appeared in A Fool and Her Fortune, New York Stage and Film Theatre, New York City; also appeared in productions of Finian's Rainbow (musical), Greenwich Village Follies, Joy Ride, Mardi Gras,Tom Sawyer, and West Side Story (musical).
  • Major Tours
  • Come Blow Your Horn, U.S. cities, 1961
  • Littlechap, Stop the World--I Want to Get Off, U.S. cities, 1963-1964
  • Half a Sixpence, U.S. cities, 1965
  • Harry, Noon and Night, U.S. cities, 1965
  • George M! (musical), U.S. cities, 1969
  • Variety Revue, U.S. cities, 1974
  • Marco Polo Sings a Solo, U.S. cities, 1977
  • Master of ceremonies, Cabaret (musical), U.S. cities, 1987
  • Toured U.S. cities in a solo show, 2000.
  • Film Appearances
  • Bender, About Face, Warner Bros., 1952
  • Alex Nash, Calypso Heat Wave, Columbia, 1957
  • Beagle, Come September, Universal, 1961
  • Master of ceremonies, Cabaret (musical; also known as Cabaret:Goodbye Berlin), Allied Artists, 1972
  • Franklin Wills, Man on a Swing, Paramount, 1974
  • Nate Salisbury, Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (also known as Buffalo Bill and the Indians), United Artists, 1976
  • Lowenstein, The Seven Per Cent Solution, Universal, 1976
  • Chiun, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (also known as Remo:Unarmed and Dangerous), Orion, 1985
  • Burgel, Kafka, Renn Productions, 1991
  • Himself, The Player, Fine Line, 1992
  • Willy Stone, The Music of Chance, IRS Releasing, 1993
  • Jimmie, Venus Rising, IRS Releasing, 1995
  • Josef Goebbels, The Empty Mirror, Lions Gate Films, 1996
  • Simon, My Friend Joe (also known as Mein Freund Joe), Gemini Films, 1996
  • Oldrich Novy, Dancer in the Dark (musical), Fine Line, 2000
  • Amos Babcock Bellamy, The Fantasticks (musical), United Artists, 2000
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Offline Releasing, 2001
  • Himself, The Making and Meaning of "We Are Family" (documentary; also known as We Are Family), 2002
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Host, Paddington Bear, 1981
  • Lemuel Idzik, Oz, HBO, 2003
  • Miniseries
  • Aaron Diamond, Queenie, ABC, 1987
  • Guido, Further Tales of the City (also known as Armistead Maupin's Further Tales of the City), Showtime, 2001
  • Movies
  • Theodore "Laurie" Laurence, Little Women, NBC, 1958
  • Johnny Hyde, Marilyn and Me, ABC, 1991
  • Flea, The Dangerous, HBO, 1995
  • The ghost of Christmas past, A Christmas Carol, TNT, 1999
  • Dr. Mensley, "Reaching Normal," On the Edge, Showtime, 2001
  • Columbo: The Man Who Murdered Himself, 2002
  • Specials
  • Jack, Jack and the Beanstalk, ABC, 1970
  • George M. Cohan (title role), George M!, NBC, 1970
  • The Magical Music of Burt Bacharach, syndicated, 1972
  • Voice of Joshua Trundle (the narrator), 'Twas the Night before Christmas, 1974
  • Jubilee! (also known as The Bell Telephone Jubilee), NBC, 1976
  • Merry Christmas ... with Love, Julie, syndicated, 1979
  • Night of 100 Stars, ABC, 1982
  • Jack Point, The Yeomen of the Guard (also known as The Merrymanand His Maid), 1984
  • The Kraft All-Star Salute to Ford's Theatre, CBS, 1986
  • Host, Christmas at Radio City Music Hall, HBO, 1986
  • Liberty Weekend, ABC, 1986
  • Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, NBC, 1987
  • The 1990 King Orange Jamboree Parade, NBC, 1990
  • Night of 100 Stars III, NBC, 1990
  • A Capitol Fourth, PBS, 1991
  • Street Scenes: New York on Film, AMC, 1992
  • In a New Light, ABC, 1992
  • Michael, Just Deserts, ABC, 1992
  • Host, A Capitol Fourth, PBS, 1994
  • The Wizard of Oz (narrator), The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams ComeTrue (also known as The Wizard of Oz in Concert), TNT, 1995
  • The 53rd Presidential Inaugural Gala: An American Journey, CBS, 1997
  • The Music of Kander and Ebb: Razzle Dazzle, PBS, 1997
  • Presenter, Broadway '97: Launching the Tonys, PBS, 1997
  • The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1998
  • Interviewee, NYTV: By the People Who Made It, PBS, 1998
  • Interviewee, Julie Newmar: The Cat's Meow, Arts and Entertainment,2000
  • Interviewee, Burt Bacharach, Arts and Entertainment, 2001
  • Liza Minnelli: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2002
  • Broadway's Lost Treasures, PBS, 2003
  • Host of Live from Wolf Trap, PBS.
  • Episodic
  • The Colgate Comedy Hour, NBC, 1950
  • "Forty Weeks of Uncle Tom," Kraft Television Theatre, 1954
  • "Jack and the Beanstalk," Producers Showcase, NBC, 1956
  • "Vallee's Protege," December Bride, 1957
  • Billy the Kid, "Full House," Maverick, ABC, 1959
  • Runt Bowles, "The Masquerade," Bronco, ABC, 1960
  • Owny O'Reilly, "The Salvation of Owny O'Reilly," Lawman, 1960
  • Owny O'Reilly, "The Return of Owny O'Reilly," Lawman, 1960
  • Willy, "The Clown," Surfside 6, 1960
  • Joey Kellogg, "Open and Close in One," 77 Sunset Strip, 1961
  • Owny O'Reilly, "Owny O'Reilly, Esq.," Lawman, 1961
  • Herbie, "Nanette's Teenage Suitor," The Nanette Fabray Show, 1961
  • Guest panelist, What's My Line?, syndicated, 1967
  • Guest, The Ed Sullivan Show, 1967, 1968
  • Mystery guest, What's My Line?, syndicated, 1968
  • Guest, Kraft Music Hall, 1969, 1970
  • Andrew MacBane, "There Aren't Any More McBanes," Night Gallery (also known as Rod Serling's Night Gallery), NBC, 1972
  • Guest, The Julie Andrews Hour, ABC, 1972
  • Guest, The Carol Burnett Show, CBS, 1972, 1974
  • Guest, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, 1974, 1978
  • Guest, Front Page Challenge, 1975
  • Himself, The Muppet Show, syndicated, 1976
  • Evening at Pops, PBS, 1979
  • Himself, "Joel Grey Saves the Day," Alice, CBS, 1982
  • Himself, "Alice at the Palace," Alice, CBS, 1982
  • Tommy DeLuca, "The Critic," Matlock, NBC, 1991
  • Adam the Devil, "The Conundrum," Dallas, CBS, 1991
  • Jacob Prossman, "The Last Immigrant," Brooklyn Bridge, CBS, 1992
  • Jacob Prossman, "In a Family Way," Brooklyn Bridge, CBS, 1993
  • Caylem, "Resistance," Star Trek: Voyager, UPN, 1995
  • Himself, "Twins," It's Like, You Know..., ABC, 1999
  • Dr. Neil Stewart, "Essence of Life," The Outer Limits, Showtime and syndicated, 1999
  • Gideon, "Simon Says," The Outer Limits, Showtime and syndicated, 2000
  • Ronald, "The Lord Moves in Mysterious Ways," Touched by an Angel,CBS, 2001
  • Ronald, "Band of Angels," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 2001
  • Doc, "Forever," Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The WB, 2001
  • Doc, "The Weight of the World," Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The WB,2001
  • Doc, "The Gift," Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The WB, 2001
  • Milton Winters, Sr., "Cuba Libre," Law & Order: Criminal Intent, NBC, 2003
  • Gunman, "Sonata de Oz," Oz, HBO, 2003
  • Also appeared in The Engelbert Humperdinck Show, ABC; Ironside, NBC; and This Is Tom Jones, ABC.
  • Awards Presentations
  • Presenter, The 44th Annual Academy Awards, NBC, 1972
  • The 45th Annual Academy Awards, NBC, 1973
  • The 42nd Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1988
  • The 45th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1991
  • Danny Kaye's International Children's Awards for UNICEF, The Disney Channel, 1992
  • The 70th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1998
  • The 75th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2003
  • Pilots
  • Big Joe Brown, Man on a String, ABC, 1972
  • Guest, Don't Call Me Mama Anymore, CBS, 1973
  • 111 Gramercy Park, ABC, 2003
  • RECORDINGS
  • Audio Books
  • Narrator (with others), The Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, New Millennium Audio, 2002
  • Narrator (with others), The Poetry of Robert Frost, New MillenniumAudio, 2002
  • Narrator (with others), The Poetry of Walt Whitman, New MillenniumAudio, 2002
  • Albums
  • Silverlake (cast recording), c. 1980
  • Chicago: The Musical (cast recording), 1997
  • Videos
  • Choreography: Creating Vincent Paterson's Dance Sequences, New Line Home Video, 2000
  • Interviewee, Let Freedom Sing? The Story of "Yankee Doodle Dandy,"Warner Home Video, 2003
  • WRITINGS
  • Film Music
  • Composer, About Face, Warner Bros., 1952
  • Other
  • Author of a book, Pictures I Had to Take, PowerHouse Books.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • New York Post, November 12, 1996
    • Variety, September 29, 1997, p. S57

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