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Joel Grey Biography

Birth Name:
Joel David Katz
Birth Place:
Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • 1986Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1973BAFTA Film Awards-Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles: winner
  • 1973Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 1972Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 1972National Board of Review-Best Supporting Actor: winner