Joel Grey

  • Birth Name: Joel David Katz
  • Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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  • Performed at an early age with his father before being noticed by performer Eddie Cantor, who booked him onto the TV show Colgate Comedy Hour in the early 1950s.
  • Made feature-film debut in the 1952 musical comedy About Face.
  • Originated the role of the Master of Ceremonies in the 1966 Broadway musical Cabaret, for which he won a Supporting Actor Tony Award. He later won an Academy Award for the same role in the 1972 film version.
  • Won acclaim playing the husband of an accused murderess and singing "Mister Cellophane" in the 1996 revival of Chicago.
  • Played the Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the 2003 original Broadway cast version of Wicked.
  • In 2005, portrayed the Ron Rifkin-lookalike Another Mr. Sloane in a story arc on the TV spy series Alias.
  • Followed up his 2003 visual memoir Pictures I Had to Take with 2009's 1.3: Images from My Phone, a book of photographs taken with his mobile phone.


  • 1973, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2011, Tony — Director (Play): Nominee
  • 1986, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1973, BAFTA Film Awards — Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles: Winner
  • 1975, Tony — Actor (Musical): Nominee
  • 1972, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 1979, Tony — Actor (Musical): Nominee
  • 1967, Tony — Actor, Supporting or Featured (Musical): Winner
  • 1993, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1969, Tony — Actor (Musical): Nominee


  • Mickey Katz — Father
  • Ron Katz — Brother
  • Jennifer Grey — Daughter
  • James Grey — Son
  • Jo Wilder — Ex-wife
  • Grace Katz — Mother

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