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Date Of BirthApril 11, 1932
SpouseJo Wilder
FactPlayed two different characters who asked to be euthanized in two different medical dramas. In the 2009 episode of Private Practice "Nothing to Fear" he played Dr. Alexander Bell, a cancer patient who asked Pete to euthanize him. In the 2006 episode of House M.D. "Informed Consent" he played Ezra Powell, also a cancer patient who asked to be euthanized. Both characters also threatened to commit suicide if their wishes were not fulfilled.

Joel Grey is an American actor, singer, dancer, and director, best known for his role as the Master of Ceremonies in the Kander & Ebb musical Cabaret, for which he won the 1972 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He has also won a Golden Globe Award and a Tony Award.

Grey was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Goldie (née Grace) and Mickey Katz, a musician. He attended Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, California. Grey began his career as a teenager, appearing in various musicals such as Bye Bye Birdie and Oliver!, before landing the role of the Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret in 1966.

The role of the Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret brought Grey international acclaim and he went on to star in the film version of the musical in 1972. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the film.

Grey has since appeared in a number of films and television shows, including The Wizard of Oz (1939), The Three Musketeers (1973), Star Trek: Voyager (1995), and Chicago (2002). He has also directed several films, including Cabaret (1972) and George M! (1982).

Grey is married to actress Joanna Gleason and they have one son, James.

Grey has a net worth of $5 million.

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Full NameJoel Grey
Date Of BirthApril 11, 1932
Height1.65 m
ProfessionPhotographer, Actor, Dancer, Singer
EducationAlexander Hamilton High School, Beverly Hills High School


SpouseJo Wilder
ChildrenJennifer Grey, James Katz
ParentsMickey Katz, Goldie Epstein
SiblingsRonald A. Katz


AwardsAcademy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, Grammy Hall of Fame, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supp...
NominationsTony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Com...
MoviesCabaret, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, Dancer in the Dark, The Fantasticks, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, A Christmas Carol, Man on a Swing, Come September, Kafka, Choke, The Music of Chance, The ...
TV Shows'Twas the Night Before Christmas, Paddington Bear

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1Came out as gay in January 2015. The announcement was made in People magazine.
2Joel Grey's father, Mickey Katz, created "Borscht Capades" in the early 1950s. Mickey Katz was a musician -- a clarinetist and a saxophone player -- in bands around the east. Mickey was performing, playing in a band in Cleveland, Ohio, which is where Joel Grey was born. Musician and bandleader Spike Jones needed a clarinet player who could do bits, funny things. Mickey went on the road with Jones' band for about a year, the Katz family ending up, as the band all went to California. One day his father Mickey was doing a recording session at the Sunset Boulevard RCA-Victor recording studio in Hollywood, and during a break, Mickey always wrote parodies to pop songs for fun and had just written this parody -- he was singing it to one of the other Jewish musicians. Unbeknownst to him the microphone was open in the control room and this group of non-Jewish, white-bread heads of RCA-Victor were sitting there and he's singing a Yiddish song. They didn't know what he was singing but they were laughing and laughing and they decided to record it. The recording became an enormous hit. The records were so successful Mickey put together a variety show that sold out every week in Los Angels at the Wilshire Ebell Theater. Joel knew, even at 9, that he was going to become an actor. When his father had this variety show, Joel said, "How can I be in it?" And his father said, "Well, what do you want to do?" Joel replied, "I don't know how to sing and I don't dance, but I'll run around and I'll move." So Joel's aunt dropped him a song that was a big record in New York, a Yiddish song -- it was a million words and very fast and it was very popular with the audience -- and Joel learned it by rote. Joel had no idea what he was saying or singing and the next thing he knew, he was boxed in to being a song-and-dance man as opposed to an actor. "Romania, Romania." The song was like a Danny Kaye spectacular, fast, patter song that left a lot of room to dance and sing and mug and do all the things like his hero at the time -- Jerry Lewis. Maybe two years, Eddie Cantor saw Joel in Florida and put him on his "Colgate Comedy Hour' television show, and that was the end of the "Borscht Capades" for Joel, and the beginning of Joel's long tenure in night clubs all over the country.
3There were 9 actors who won an Oscar and a Tony for playing the same role. The 9th was Lila Kedrova in Zorba the Greek on film and Zorba: the Musical on the Broadway stage.
4Played two different characters who asked to be euthanized in two different medical dramas. In the 2009 episode of Private Practice "Nothing to Fear" he played Dr. Alexander Bell, a cancer patient who asked Pete to euthanize him. In the 2006 episode of House M.D. "Informed Consent" he played Ezra Powell, also a cancer patient who asked to be euthanized. Both characters also threatened to commit suicide if their wishes were not fulfilled.
5Is a serious photographer who has published four books of his work, th latest in 2013. Says he is inspired by the work of Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist and Joseph Cornell.
6He is currently performing in the Broadway musical, "Wicked", playing the part of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. [January 2004]
7New York, NY USA; Starring on Broadway in the musical "Anything Goes." [June 2011]
8His favorite actor is James Cagney.
9Appeared in 2 unrelated movies with similar titles: Man on a String (1972) and Man on a Swing (1974).
10Made his film debut in About Face (1952).
11He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Live Theatre at 6753 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
12After having played George M. Cohan in the 1968 Broadway (New York) musical "George M!", he would often be invited to recreate the character by singing several of Cohan's songs at patriotic gatherings.
13He is sometimes confused with actor Ron Rifkin and vice versa. Due to this, Grey guest-starred on Alias (2001) as a man brainwashed into thinking he was the evil terrorist-spy Arvin Sloane, who was played by Rifkin.
14First appeared on stage at the age of 10.
15Sang "Razzle-Dazzle," from the musical "Chicago", when he hosted The Muppet Show (1976). His daughter Jennifer Grey appeared in Dirty Dancing (1987) with Jerry Orbach, who played Billy Flynn in "Chicago" and sang that very song.
16Is mentioned in Mercury Rev's song, "Lincoln's Eyes".
17One of only eight actors to have won both a Tony and an Oscar for having portrayed the same role on stage and screen (Cabaret (1972)). The others are Yul Brynner (The King and I (1956)), Shirley Booth (Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)), Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady (1964)), Anne Bancroft (The Miracle Worker (1962)), Paul Scofield (A Man for All Seasons (1966)), Jack Albertson (The Subject Was Roses (1968)), and José Ferrer (Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)).
18Father-in-law of Clark Gregg.
19Won Broadway's 1967 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical) for originating the role of the Emcee in "Cabaret," a role he recreated in an Oscar-winning performance in the film version of the same name, Cabaret (1972). He also earned three Tony nominations as Best Actor (Musical): in 1969 for the title role of George M. Cohan in "George M!," in 1975 for "Goodtime Charley," and in 1979 for "The Grand Tour."
20Son James is a chef.
21Was the first Mystery Guest on the syndicated revival of What's My Line? (1968).
22Son of Mickey Katz
23Father of Jennifer Grey




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Warehouse 132013TV SeriesMonty the Magnificent
Nurse Jackie2012TV SeriesDick Bobbitt
A. Hitler2010Joseph Goebbels
Grey's Anatomy2009TV SeriesDr. Singer
Private Practice2009TV SeriesDr. Alexander Ball
Phineas and Ferb2008TV SeriesBeppo Brown / Beppo
Brothers & Sisters2007TV SeriesDr. Jude Bar-Shalom
House M.D.2006TV SeriesEzra Powell
Alias2005TV SeriesAnother Mr. Sloane
Crossing Jordan2005TV SeriesCarl Meisner, Amnesia Victim
111 Gramercy Park2003TV MovieHornsby
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2003TV SeriesMilton Winters
Oz2003TV SeriesLemuel Idzik
Reaching Normal2001Dr. Mensley
Buffy the Vampire Slayer2001TV SeriesDoc
Further Tales of the City2001TV Mini-SeriesGuido
Touched by an Angel2001TV SeriesRonald
Dancer in the Dark2000Oldrich Novy
The Outer Limits1999-2000TV SeriesGideon Banks / Dr. Nathan Seward
A Christmas Carol1999TV MovieThe Ghost of Christmas Past
It's Like, You Know...1999TV SeriesJoel Grey
The Empty Mirror1996Josef Goebbels
My Friend Joe1996Simon
Venus Rising1995Jimmie
Star Trek: Voyager1995TV SeriesCaylem
The Dangerous1995Flea
The Fantasticks1995Amos Babcock Bellamy
Brooklyn Bridge1992-1993TV SeriesJacob Prossman
The Music of Chance1993Willy Stone
Just Deserts1992TV MovieMichael Price
The Player1992Joel Grey
Marilyn and Me1991TV MovieJohnny Hyde
Dallas1991TV SeriesAdam
Matlock1991TV SeriesTommy DeLuca
Queenie1987TV SeriesAaron Diamond
Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins1985Chiun
The Yeomen of the Guard1982TV MovieJack Point
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution1976Lowenstein
Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson1976The Producer (Nate Salisbury)
Paddington Bear1976TV SeriesHost (recut USA version)
'Twas the Night Before Christmas1974TV ShortJoshua Trundle (voice)
Man on a Swing1974Franklin Wills
The Carol Burnett Show1974TV SeriesVarious Characters
Man on a String1972TV MovieBig Joe Brown
Night Gallery1972TV SeriesAndrew MacBane (segment "There Aren't Any More MacBanes")
Cabaret1972The Master Of Ceremonies / Master of Ceremonies
Ironside1971TV SeriesMike Yeager
George M!1970TV MovieGeorge M. Cohan
Vacation Playhouse1966TV SeriesFreddy Rockefeller
Lawman1960-1961TV SeriesOwny O'Reilly
Come September1961Beagle
77 Sunset Strip1961TV SeriesJoey Kellogg
Westinghouse Playhouse1961TV SeriesHerbie
Surfside 61960TV SeriesWilly
The Ann Sothern Show1960TV SeriesBilly Wilton
Bronco1960TV SeriesRunt Bowles
Maverick1959TV SeriesBilly The Kid
Little Women1958TV MovieTheodore Laurence (segment "Laurie")
The Court of Last Resort1958TV SeriesFloyd Todd
December Bride1957TV SeriesJimmy
Calypso Heat Wave1957Alex Nash
Telephone Time1957TV SeriesRay
Producers' Showcase1956TV SeriesJack
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1956TV SeriesJack
Ponds Theater1954TV Series
About Face1952Bender


Independent Lens2012TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Willkommen Österreich2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
Great Performances2003TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dancer in the Dark2000performer: "IN THE MUSICALS, PART 2"
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1998TV Movie documentary performer: "Willkommen Cabaret", "New York, New York"
The Fantasticks1995performer: "Never Say No", "The Abduction Song", "Happy Ending", "This Plum Is Too Ripe"
The Muppet Show1976TV Series performer - 1 episode
'Twas the Night Before Christmas1974TV Short performer: "Even a Miracle Needs a Hand"
The 28th Annual Tony Awards1974TV Special performer: "George M! Medley"
Cabaret1972performer: "Money, Money", "Willkommen" "Welcome", "Two Ladies", "If You Could See Her", "Tiller Girls"
The Kraft Music Hall1969TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 21st Annual Tony Awards1967TV Special performer: "Wilkommen"
Producers' Showcase1956TV Series performer - 1 episode


The Yellow Brick Road and Beyond2009Video documentary special thanks
Let Freedom Sing! The Story of 'Yankee Doodle Dandy'2003Video documentary short special thanks
Cabaret: A Legend in the Making1997Video documentary short acknowledgment


Wicked: The Road to Broadway2004Video documentary shortHimself
The 58th Annual Tony Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Wicked
The 100 Greatest Musicals2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Let Freedom Sing! The Story of 'Yankee Doodle Dandy'2003Video documentary shortHimself - Actor
Great Performances1997-2003TV SeriesHimself
The 75th Annual Academy Awards2003TV SpecialHimself - Past Winner
E! True Hollywood Story2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The Making and Meaning of 'We Are Family'2002DocumentaryHimself
Choreography: Creating Vincent Paterson's Dance Sequences2000Video documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
NY TV: By the People Who Made It - Part I & II1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 52nd Annual Tony Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Featured Actress in a Play
The 70th Annual Academy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Past Winner
The 51st Annual Tony Awards1997TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Book of a Musical
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 53rd Presidential Inaugural Gala: An American Journey1997TV SpecialHimself - Cast of 'Chicago'
Charlie Rose1997TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Cabaret: A Legend in the Making1997Video documentary shortHimself - 'Master of Ceremonies'
The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True1995TV Movie documentaryProfessor Marvel / The Gatekeeper / The Carriage Driver / ...
The 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Danny Kaye International Children Award for Unicef1992TV MovieHimself
La festa de l'espectacle1992TV MovieHimself
In a New Light: A Call to Action in the War Against AIDS1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
Street Scenes: New York on Film1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 45th Annual Tony Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Leading Actor in a Musical
Night of 100 Stars III1990TV MovieHimself
The 42nd Annual Tony Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Leading Actor in a Musical
Witnesses to the Holocaust, the Trial of Adolf Eichmann1987TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1987TV MovieHimself
Cooking with Wolfgang Puck1987VideoHimself
A.M. Los Angeles1987TV SeriesHimself
The Infinite Voyage1987TV Series documentaryNarrator - 'A Taste of Health' (1991)
Christmas at Radio City Music Hall1986TV MovieHimself - Host
Liberty Weekend1986TV Special documentaryHimself
All-Star Salute to Ford's Theater1986TV MovieHimself
The 43rd Annual Golden Globe Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Alice1982TV SeriesHimself
The 54th Annual Academy Awards1982TV Special documentaryHimself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Night of 100 Stars1982TV SpecialHimself
Portrait of Marvin Hamlisch1981TV Movie documentaryHimself
Good Morning America1980TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Charlie Chaplin: The Little Tramp1980TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host and Narrator
Camera Three1979TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1964-1979TV SeriesHimself - Singer / Dancer / Himself - Co-Host / ...
The 33rd Annual Tony Awards1979TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Musical
The 50th Annual Academy Awards1978TV SpecialHimself - Past Winner
The Muppet Show1976TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest Star
Dinah!1976TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 48th Annual Academy Awards1976TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
The Bell Telephone Jubilee1976TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 29th Annual Tony Awards1975TV SpecialHimself
The 28th Annual Tony Awards1974TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour1974TV SeriesHimself / Various Characters
It's Lulu1973TV SeriesHimself
Don't Call Me Mama Anymore1973TV SpecialSpecial Guest Star
Parkinson1973TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963-1973TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 45th Annual Academy Awards1973TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The Julie Andrews Hour1972TV SeriesHimself
The Carol Burnett Show1972TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Squares1972TV SeriesGuest Appearance
The 26th Annual Tony Awards1972TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The 44th Annual Academy Awards1972TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Original Song
The David Frost Show1970-1972TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Stand Up and Cheer1972TV SeriesHimself
The Recreation of an Era1972Documentary shortHimself
The Engelbert Humperdinck Show1970TV SeriesHimself
An Evening with Burt Bacharach1970TV MovieHimself
This Is Tom Jones1969TV Series documentaryHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1967-1969TV SeriesHimself / George M. Cohan - scene from 'George M' / Himself - Audience Bow / ...
The 23rd Annual Tony Awards1969TV SpecialHimself
The Kraft Music Hall1969TV SeriesHimself
The Joan Rivers Show1968TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Match Game1968TV SeriesHimself - Team Captain
The Dean Martin Show1966-1967TV SeriesHimself
The Jackie Gleason Show1967TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Snap Judgment1967TV SeriesHimself
Our Place1967TV SeriesHimself - Guest
What's My Line?1967TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panelist
The 21st Annual Tony Awards1967TV SpecialHimself - Performer & Winner: Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Missing Links1964TV SeriesHimself
Get the Message1964TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1961TV SeriesHimself
The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom1957TV SeriesHimself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1956TV SeriesHimself
Frankie Laine Time1955TV SeriesHimself
The Colgate Comedy Hour1951-1954TV SeriesHimself - Singer / Dancer
The U.S. Royal Showcase1952TV SeriesHimself
Show People with Paul Wontorek2016TV SeriesHimself
CBS News Sunday Morning2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Paul O'Grady's 100 Years of Movie Musicals2016TV MovieHimself / Emcee
Late Night with Seth Meyers2016TV SeriesHimself
Live from the Red Carpet: The 2015 Tony Awards2015TV MovieHimself
The 69th Annual Tony Awards2015TV MovieHimself - Presenter: Fun Home
Cocktails & Classics2015TV SeriesHimself
Great Broadway Musical Moments from the Ed Sullivan Show2015TV Movie documentaryGeorge M. Cohan
When East Meets West: Joel Grey Remembers Chiun2014Video shortHimself
The Show2013-2014TV SeriesHimself
Park Bench with Steve Buscemi2014TV SeriesHimself
Private Screenings2014TV SeriesHimself
Michael Grade's Stars of the Musical Theatre2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Spotlight on Broadway2013TV SeriesHimself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy2013TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Working in the Theatre2012TV Series documentaryHimself
iN Deep2012TV Series documentaryHimself
The 65th Annual Tony Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Anything Goes & Nominee: Best Direction of a Play
Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History - 1980s, 1990s and 2000s2009Video documentaryHimself
Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History - 1960's2009Video documentaryHimself
Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History - 1970's2009Video documentaryHimself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1930s: Dancing Away the Great Depression2009Video documentaryHimself
The Yellow Brick Road and Beyond2009Video documentaryHimself
The 81st Annual Academy Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Mr. Prince2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History2008Video documentaryHimself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical Treasure2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1920s: The Dawn of the Hollywood Musical2008Video documentaryHimself
Broadway: The American Musical2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself / Emcee (in 'Cabaret') / Emcee

Archive Footage

Listen to Me Marlon2015DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Oscar, que empiece el espectáculo2008TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Dallas Reunion: Return to Southfork2004TV Movie documentaryAdam the Devil (uncredited)
On the Edge2001TV MovieDr. Mensley (segment "Reaching Normal")
Matlock1994TV SeriesTommy DeLuca
The 58th Annual Academy Awards1986TV SpecialMaster of Ceremonies (uncredited)


Won Awards

1985Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameLive PerformanceAwarded on October 10, 1985 at 6753 Hollywood Blvd.
1973OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleCabaret (1972)
1973Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting Actor - Motion PictureCabaret (1972)
1973BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsMost Promising Newcomer to Leading Film RolesCabaret (1972)
1972KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActorCabaret (1972)
1972NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Supporting ActorCabaret (1972)
1972NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest Supporting ActorCabaret (1972)

Nominated Awards

2012GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Musical Theater Album
2005Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Guest ActorAlias (2001)
1993Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesBrooklyn Bridge (1991)
1993Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsSpecialty PlayerBrooklyn Bridge (1991)
1986Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureRemo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)
1986Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorRemo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)

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