Joel Grey

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Joel Grey
Joel Grey 2014.jpg
Grey in 2014
BornJoel David Katz
(1932-04-11) April 11, 1932 (age 86)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
OccupationActor, dancer, singer, photographer
Years active1951–present
Spouse(s)Jo Wilder
(m. 1958–1982; divorced)
ChildrenJennifer Grey
James Katz
Parent(s)Mickey Katz
Goldie (née Epstein)

Joel Grey (born Joel David Katz; April 11, 1932) is an American actor, singer, dancer, and photographer.

Early life[change | change source]

Gray was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Goldie Epstein and to Mickey Katz. He studied at the Cleveland Play House and at Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, California.

Career[change | change source]

Grey played the role of the Master of Ceremonies in the Broadway musical Cabaret in 1966 for which he won the Tony Award. Grey won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in March 1973 for his performance in the same role in the 1972 film version of Cabaret.[1] He also won the Golden Globe Award.[2] Grey had many other successful performances as an actor.

Gray is also a published photographer, with books Pictures I Had to Take 2003; its follow-up, Looking Hard at Unexpected Things 2006.[3] His third book, 1.3 – Images from My Phone, a book of photographs taken with his camera phone, was published in 2009.[4] An exhibit of his work was held in April 2011 at the Museum of the City of New York, titled "Joel Grey/A New York Life."[5]

Personal life[change | change source]

In 1958, Grey married Jo Wilder; they divorced in 1982. Together, they had two children: actress Jennifer Grey and chef James.[2][6]

In January 2015, Grey talked about 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".[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. Internet Movie Database listing, Awards imdb.com, retrieved December 21, 2009
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Joel Grey Biography (1932-)". Film Reference. Retrieved 2014-02-23.
  3. Joel Grey Looking Hard at Unexamined Things. Joel Grey Photographer.
  4. Samelson, Judy.SHELF LIFE: "American Theatre Reader," Photos by Joel Grey, New Looks at Bernstein and Horne playbill.com, May 30, 2009
  5. "Joel Grey/A New York Life" Exhibition Will Open at Museum of the City of New York in April
  6. Laufenberg, Norbert B.Entertainment Celebrities , p. 274 google books, "Entertainment Celebrities", Trafford Publishing, 2005
  7. http://www.people.com/article/joey-grey-comes-out-gay-cabaret

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Joel Grey at Wikimedia Commons