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Joel Grey

Highest Rated:   100% The Music of Chance (1993)
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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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
54% 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
57% Kafka
  • Burgel
1991
No Score Yet Queenie
  • Aaron Diamond
1987
No Score Yet Witness to the Holocaust: The Trial of Adolf Eichmann
  • Actor
1987
38% Remo Williams - The Adventure Begins
  • Chiun
1985
82% The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
  • Lowenstein
1976
82% Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson
  • The Producer (Nate Salisbury)
1976
No Score Yet 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet Man on a Swing
  • Franklin Wills
1974
97% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Hank Kasserman
  • 2014
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Narrator
  • Performer
  • 2013
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
2000
  • Performer
  • 2013
75% Warehouse 13
2009-2014
  • Monty the Magnificent
  • 2013
70% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Dr. Singer
  • 2009
No Score Yet Private Practice
2007-2013
  • Dr. Alexander Ball
  • 2009
No Score Yet Brothers & Sisters
2006-2011
  • Dr. Jude Bar-Shalom
  • 2007
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Dr. Ezra Powell Ezra
  • 2006
No Score Yet Alias
2001-2006
  • The Other Mr. Sloane Sloane Two
  • 2005
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Milt Winters
  • 2003
No Score Yet Oz
1997-2003
  • Lemuel Idzick
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet Buffy the Vampire Slayer
1997-2003
  • Doc
  • 2001
No Score Yet Star Trek: Voyager
1995-2001
  • Actor
  • 1995

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