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Tap-dancing star, actor Maurice Hines Jr., dies at 80

Dec. 30 (UPI) — Famous tap dance star Maurice Hines Jr., who also enjoyed a long career as an actor and choreographer, has died, his agent announced Saturday. He was 80 years old.

Hines died while residing at the Actors Fund Home in Englewood, New Jersey, his cousin and representative Richard Nurse told the Hollywood Reporter.

Hines, born in New York on December 13, 1943, and his younger brother Gregory, who died of cancer at age 53 in 2003, became famous as a uniquely talented tap duo, performing on Broadway, in clubs and at television. and in the movies.

Maurice and Gregory Hines made their Broadway debut as the tap-dancing Hines Kids in a 1954 musical. The girl with the pink tights with Maurice playing a newspaper boy and Gregory a shoeshine boy, according to the Reporter.

The duo also performed together as the Hines Brothers and later as Hines, Hines & Dad when their father joined them on stage in 1963. They performed regularly at the Apollo Theater in New York as well as in clubs around the world. Tonight’s show.

Maurice and Gregory separated in the early 1970s while continuing to perform in numerous Broadway and touring productions. Maurice was nominated for a Tony Award in 1986 for his role in the musical Uptown…it’s hot. Gregory won the Tony in 1992 for his role in Jelly’s Last Jam.

The brothers last starred together in the Francis Ford Coppola film The Cotton Club, released in 1984.

After that, the brothers separated for many years, Deadline reported, but eventually reconciled after their mother’s death.

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