Gregory Oliver Hines (February 14, 1946 August 9, 2003) was an American actor, singer, dancer and choreographer. Born in New York City to Maurice Hines Sr. and Alma Hines, Gregory Hines began tapping when he was around three years old, and began dancing semi-professionally at the age of five. Since then, he and his older brother Maurice performed together, studying with choreographer Henry LeTang. The two brothers were known as 'The Hines Kids', making nightclub appearances, and later as 'The Hines Brothers'. When their father joined, Maurice Hines, Sr., the name changed again in 1963 to 'Hines, Hines, and Dad'. Hines performed as the lead singer and musician in a rock band called Severance in 1975/1976 based in Venice, California. Severance was one of the house bands at an original music club called Honky Hoagies Handy Hangout, otherwise known as the 4H Club.
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