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Joel Grey is a Actor American born on 11 april 1932 at Cleveland (USA)

Joel Grey

Joel Grey
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Birth name Joel David Katz
Nationality USA
Birth 11 april 1932 (87 years) at Cleveland (USA)
Awards Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

Joel Grey (born Joel David Katz; April 11, 1932) is an American actor, singer, dancer, and photographer. He is best known for portraying the Master of Ceremonies in both the stage and film versions of the Kander & Ebb musical Cabaret. He has won the Academy Award, Tony Award, and Golden Globe Award. He also originated the role of George M. Cohan in the musical George M! in 1973, and the Wizard of Oz in the musical Wicked. He also starred as Moonface Martin in the Broadway revivals of Anything Goes, and as Amos Hart in Chicago.


In 1958, Grey married Jo Wilder; they divorced in 1982. Together, they had two children: actor Jennifer and chef James. He is also a photographer; his first book of photographs, Pictures I Had to Take, was published in 2003; its follow-up, Looking Hard at Unexpected Things, was published in 2006. His third book, 1.3 – Images from My Phone, a book of photographs taken with his camera phone, was published in 2009. An exhibit of his work was held in April 2011 at the Museum of the City of New York, titled "Joel Grey/A New York Life."

In January 2015, Grey opened up about his sexuality in an interview with People, stating: "I don't like labels, but if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man."

Best films

Cabaret (1972)

Usually with

Robert Altman
Robert Altman
(2 films)
Ryan Murphy
Ryan Murphy
(1 films)
Clark Gregg
Clark Gregg
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Joel Grey (21 films)

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The Normal Heart, 2h12
Directed by Ryan Murphy
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Films based on plays, LGBT-related films, Sida et LGBT, HIV/AIDS in film, LGBT-related film
Actors Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Alec Baldwin, Taylor Kitsch
Rating79% 3.9503553.9503553.9503553.9503553.950355
It is summer of 1981. Ned Weeks (Mark Ruffalo) is an openly gay writer from New York City who travels to Fire Island Pines on Long Island to celebrate the birthday of his friend Craig Donner (Jonathan Groff) at a house on the beach. Other friends in attendance include Mickey Marcus (Joe Mantello) and the charismatic Bruce Niles (Taylor Kitsch), who has recently begun dating Craig. Craig is young and appears to be in good health. While walking on the beach, however, Craig feels dizzy and collapses. Later, when blowing out the candles on his birthday cake, Craig begins to cough repeatedly.
Choke (2008)
, 1h32
Directed by Clark Gregg
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities
Actors Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston, Kelly Macdonald, Jonah Bobo, Brad William Henke, Paz de la Huerta
Roles Phil
Rating64% 3.2489753.2489753.2489753.2489753.248975
Victor Mancini is a sex addict who works as a reenactor of life in Colonial America. He works with his best friend, Denny, who is also a reformed sex addict. To support his hospitalized mother, Ida, Victor cons others by intentionally choking at restaurants to get money from his rescuers.
Dancer in the Dark, 2h20
Directed by Lars von Trier
Origin German
Genres Drama, Musical, Crime
Themes Films about alcoholism, Films about families, Films about immigration, Medical-themed films, Films about music and musicians, Prison films, Films about the labor movement, La précarité, Musical films, Films about disabilities, Films about capital punishment, La cécité
Actors Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Cara Seymour, Peter Stormare, Siobhan Fallon Hogan
Roles Oldrich Novy
Rating79% 3.99943.99943.99943.99943.9994
The film is set in Washington state in 1964 and focuses on Selma Ježková (Björk), a Czech immigrant who has moved to the United States with her son, Gene Ježek (Vladica Kostic). They live a life of poverty as Selma works at a factory with her good friend Kathy (Catherine Deneuve), whom she nicknames "Cvalda" (which means "chubby" in Czech). She rents a trailer home on the property of town policeman Bill Houston (David Morse) and his wife Linda (Cara Seymour). She is also pursued by the shy but persistent Jeff (Peter Stormare), who also works at the factory.
A Christmas Carol, 1h35
Directed by David Hugh Jones
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantastic, Fantasy
Themes Christmas films, Time travel films, Ghost films
Actors Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Joel Grey, Ian McNeice, Saskia Reeves, Kenny Doughty
Roles The Ghost of Christmas Past
Rating73% 3.6962553.6962553.6962553.6962553.696255
In a prologue, Ebenezer Scrooge (Patrick Stewart) buries his business partner, Jacob Marley, in a rural churchyard. The funeral is poorly attended.
The Empty Mirror, 1h58
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Political films
Actors Norman Rodway, Joel Grey, Peter Michael Goetz, Glenn Shadix
Roles Joseph Goebbels
Rating62% 3.1008053.1008053.1008053.1008053.100805
The film is a fantastical journey through the looking-glass of history into the darkest recesses of the mind of Adolf Hitler. In a dreamlike subterranean environment removed from historical time, Adolf Hitler (Norman Rodway) confronts the demons of his own psyche. As he dictates his memoirs, Hitler encounters apparitions of his confidant, Joseph Goebbels (Joel Grey); his enigmatic mistress, Eva Braun (Camilla Soeberg); Hermann Göring (Glenn Shadix); Sigmund Freud (Peter Michael Goetz); and the mysterious Woman in Black (Hope Allen).
My Friend Joe
Directed by Chris Bould
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Actors Schuyler Fisk, Stephen McHattie, Stanley Townsend, Pauline McLynn, Joel Grey
Roles Simon
Rating68% 3.4380053.4380053.4380053.4380053.438005
Chris' new best friend, the American Joe, turns out not to be a boy, but a girl.
The Fantasticks, 1h26
Directed by Michael Ritchie
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals
Actors Joel Grey, Brad Sullivan, Jean Louisa Kelly, Joey McIntyre, Barnard Hughes, Jonathon Morris
Roles Amos Bellamy
Rating57% 2.8526452.8526452.8526452.8526452.852645
Amos Babcock Bellamy (Joel Grey) and Ben Hucklebee (Brad Sullivan) scheme to get their respective children, Luisa (Jean Louisa Kelly) and Matt (Joey McIntyre), to fall in love. Knowing they will resist their fathers' interference, the two men use reverse psychology and fabricate a feud, building a wall between their houses and forbidding their children to speak to each other. When their plan works, they enlist the aid of El Gallo (Jonathon Morris), the proprietor of a traveling carnival, to put an end to their supposed disagreement in a manner which will not reveal their deception.
The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True
Directed by Darrell Larson, Louis J. Horvitz
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Documentary, Fantasy, Musical
Themes Children's films
Actors Jewel, Roger Daltrey, Nathan Lane, Joel Grey, Lucie Arnaz, Debra Winger
Roles Professor Marvel / The Gatekeeper / The Carriage Driver / The Palace Guard / The Wizard of Oz
Rating74% 3.7047953.7047953.7047953.7047953.704795
The Music of Chance, 1h38
Directed by Philip Haas
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors James Spader, Mandy Patinkin, Joel Grey, Charles Durning, M. Emmet Walsh, Samantha Mathis
Roles Willy Stone
Rating71% 3.5965953.5965953.5965953.5965953.596595
Jim Nashe worked as a fireman, but a large inheritance and a divorce from his wife has left him free to buy a new car and see the country at his leisure.
The Player
The Player (1992)
, 2h4
Directed by Robert Altman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Crime
Themes Films about films, Musical films
Actors Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Brion James
Roles Himself
Rating75% 3.798513.798513.798513.798513.79851
Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins) is a Hollywood studio executive dating story editor Bonnie Sherow (Cynthia Stevenson). He hears story pitches from screenwriters and decides which have the potential to be made into films, green-lighting only 12 out of 50,000 submissions every year. His job is threatened when up-and-coming story executive Larry Levy (Peter Gallagher) begins working at the studio. Mill has also been receiving death threat postcards, assumed to be from a screenwriter whose pitch he rejected.
Kafka (1991)
, 1h38
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Biography, Comedy
Themes Films about writers, Political films, Dystopian films
Actors Jeremy Irons, Theresa Russell, Joel Grey, Ian Holm, Jeroen Krabbé, Armin Mueller-Stahl
Roles Burgel
Rating68% 3.448623.448623.448623.448623.44862
Set in the city of Prague in 1919, Kafka tells the tale of an insurance worker who gets involved with an underground group after one of his co-workers is murdered. The underground group, responsible for bombings all over town, attempts to thwart a secret organization that controls the major events in society. He eventually penetrates the secret organization in order to confront them.
Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, 2h1
Directed by Guy Hamilton
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Spy films
Actors Fred Ward, Joel Grey, Kate Mulgrew, Wilford Brimley, J. A. Preston, George Coe
Roles Chiun
Rating64% 3.200293.200293.200293.200293.20029
Sam Makin is a tough Brooklyn, New York City street cop and Vietnam-era Marine Corps veteran. He is unwillingly recruited as an assassin for a secret United States organization, CURE. The recruitment is through a bizarre method: his death is faked and he is given a new face and a new name. Rechristened "Remo Williams" (after the name and location of the manufacturer of the bedpan in Makin's hospital room), his face is surgically altered and he is trained to be a human killing machine by his aged, derisive and impassive Korean martial arts master Chiun.
Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson, 2h3
Directed by Robert Altman
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Western
Themes Circus films, Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Paul Newman, Joel Grey, Kevin McCarthy, Harvey Keitel, Will Sampson, Allan F. Nicholls
Roles The Producer (Nate Salisbury)
Rating60% 3.0490153.0490153.0490153.0490153.049015
The story begins in 1885 with the arrival of an important new guest star in Buffalo Bill Cody's grand illusion, Chief Sitting Bull of Little Big Horn fame. Much to Cody's annoyance, Sitting Bull proves not to be a murdering savage but a genuine embodiment of what the whites believe about their own history out west. He is quietly heroic and morally pure.
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, 1h53
Directed by Herbert Ross
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Adventure, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Psychologie, Films about drugs, Sports films, Transport films, Rail transport films, Sherlock Holmes films, Films about psychiatry, Psychanalyse, Buddy films, Tennis films
Actors Nicol Williamson, Robert Duvall, Alan Arkin, Georgia Brown, Samantha Eggar, Charles Gray
Roles Lowenstein
Rating67% 3.397963.397963.397963.397963.39796
Dr. John H. Watson (Robert Duvall) becomes convinced that his friend Sherlock Holmes (Nicol Williamson) is delusional—particularly in his belief that Professor James Moriarty (Laurence Olivier) is a criminal mastermind—as a result of his addiction to cocaine. Indeed, Moriarty visits Watson to complain about being harassed by Holmes. Watson enlists the aid of Sherlock's brother, Mycroft (Charles Gray), to trick Holmes into traveling to Vienna, where he will be treated by Sigmund Freud (Alan Arkin). During the course of his treatment, Holmes investigates a kidnapping case with international implications, and Freud uncovers a dark personal secret suppressed in Holmes's subconscious.