Dancer and actor Gregory Hines. Hines made a name for himself on Broadway, in shows such as "Eubie," and "Sophisticated Ladies," as well as Hollywood, where he appeared in "The Cotton Club," "White Knights," and "Running Scared." Hines' latest film, "Tap," is a musical about the waning days of that dance form. (Rebroadcast. Originally broadcast on Wednesday, February 8, 1989.)
Hines started tap dancing at the age of five, and worked in clubs with his brother and father. He made a career on Broadway, and later appeared in movies like The Cotton Club and White Knights. His new movie is called Tap.
Actor, director, and choreographer Maurice Hines comes from the famous tap-dancing family. He is the founder of the company Ballet Tap U. S. A. Hines appears in the film "Cotton Club." Hines joins the show to discuss working as a child with his father and brother, Gregory, touring Europe, learning ballet at the age of 30, the difference between "up-in-the-air," and "close-to-the-floor" tap dance, break-dancing, and the great dancers of film.