Joel Grey

Highest Rated: 100% The Music of Chance (1993)
Birthday: Apr 11, 1932
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
American entertainer Joel Grey was the son of Mickey Katz, the famous "gurgler" of the Spike Jones Orchestra and a legend in his own right as a performer/producer of nightclub, resort and Broadway satirical revues. Growing up around some of the best comics, musical performers and second bananas in the business, Joel was all but predestined to enter show business himself. An accomplished singer and dancer, Grey was rather wasted in such early film roles as About Face (1953) and Come September (1961), though he achieved minor fame on TV variety shows and in the lead of a televised musical version of Jack and the Beanstalk; ironically, one of his best TV parts was on an episode of 77 Sunset Strip as a second-rate comic unable to live up to the accomplishments of a famous relative.Grey's career was boosted in 1966 when he was cast in the Broadway musical Cabaret as the Master of Ceremonies, a white-faced, smirking, sexually ambivalent observer of changing mores and philosophies in pre-Hitler Berlin. Grey won a Tony Award for his brilliant portrayal, and copped an Academy Award for repeating the role in the 1972 film version of Cabaret. Grey enjoyed a second Broadway triumph as George M. Cohan in the 1969 musical George M., a virtuoso performance he recreated on TV in the early 1970s. Thanks to his highly stylized Broadway roles, Joel Grey was never easy to cast in "normal" movie parts; among his better roles were that of an Austrian petty criminal in The Seven Per Cent Solution (1976) and an ancient and irredeemably sarcastic oriental martial arts master in Remo Williams (1985). On the final episode of the TV serial Dallas in 1991, Grey was a red-eyed satanic chap who showed a suicidal J.R. (Larry Hagman) how much better the world would have been without him. Joel Grey is the father of actress Jennifer Grey, whose breakthrough role was in Dirty Dancing, which coincidentally was set in a Catskills resort not unlike those in which her dad Joel learned his craft.Over the next several years, Grey found memorable roles in films like My Friend Joe, Dancer in the Dark, and Choke, as well as an acclaimed role on the HBO prison series Oz.


Highest Rated Movies



80% The Standbys Actor 2014
No Score Yet Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy Narrator 2013
No Score Yet A. Hitler Actor 2011
No Score Yet The Yellow Brick Road and Beyond Actor 2009
No Score Yet Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1970s Actor 2009
55% Choke Phil $2.9M 2008
No Score Yet Hollywood Singing and Dancing: 1920s - The Dawn of the Hollywood Musical Actor 2008
No Score Yet Broadway: The American Musical Actor 2004
No Score Yet Broadway's Lost Treasures Host 2003
68% Dancer in the Dark Oldrich $2.9M 2000
71% The Empty Mirror Josef Goebbels 1999
No Score Yet A Christmas Carol First Spirit 1999
No Score Yet My Friend Joe Simon 1996
No Score Yet Venus Rising Jimmie 1995
50% The Fantasticks Amos Babcock Bellamy 1995
No Score Yet The Dangerous Flea 1994
100% The Music of Chance Willy Stone 1993
98% The Player Himself 1992
No Score Yet In a New Light '92 Actor 1992
52% Kafka Burgel 1991
No Score Yet Queenie Aaron Diamond 1987
No Score Yet Witness to the Holocaust: The Trial of Adolf Eichmann Actor 1987
41% Remo Williams - The Adventure Begins Chiun 1985
82% The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Lowenstein 1976
83% Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson The Producer (Nate Salisbury) 1976
71% 'Twas the Night Before Christmas Actor 1974
No Score Yet Man on a Swing Franklin Wills 1974
95% Cabaret Master of Ceremonies 1972
No Score Yet Man on a String Actor 1971
80% Come September Beagle 1961
No Score Yet About Face Bender 1952


No Score Yet Sunday Morning
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Hank Kasserman
  • 2014
No Score Yet Great Performances
Narrator Performer
  • 2013
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
  • 2013
83% Warehouse 13
Monty the Magnificent
  • 2013
80% Grey's Anatomy
Dr. Singer
  • 2009
52% Private Practice
Dr. Alexander Ball
  • 2009
79% Brothers & Sisters
Dr. Jude Bar-Shalom
  • 2007
91% House
Dr. Ezra Powell Ezra
  • 2006
88% Alias
The Other Mr. Sloane Sloane Two
  • 2005
No Score Yet Crossing Jordan
John Doe
  • 2005
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Milt Winters
  • 2003
89% Oz
Lemuel Idzick
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
81% Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Outer Limits
  • 2000
77% Star Trek: Voyager
  • 1995
No Score Yet Dallas
  • 1991
100% The Muppet Show
  • 1976
No Score Yet Night Gallery
Sorcery Student
  • 1972
No Score Yet Maverick
Billy the Kid
  • 1959
No Score Yet Paddington Bear