Birth Name: Gregory Oliver Hines
Date of Birth: February 14, 1946
Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Death: August 9, 2003
Place of Death: Los Angeles, California
*Afro-Trinidadian, Afro-Kittsian, smaller amounts of Welsh, Portuguese, English, and Irish (mother)
Gregory Hines was an American dancer, choreographer, actor, and singer. He was the son of Alma Iola (Lawless) and Maurice Robert Hines. His brother, Maurice Hines, is a jazz singer, actor, director, and choreographer.
Gregory’s father was African-American. Gregory’s maternal grandparents were from Trinidad and St. Kitts, respectively, and had Afro-Caribbean, and smaller amounts of Welsh, Portuguese, English, and Irish, ancestry. Gregory is also stated on the internet as having had Jewish ancestry somewhere on his mother’s side. It is not clear if this Jewish ancestry has been verified/documented.
Gregory’s paternal grandmother was named Ora Hines.
Gregory’s maternal grandparents were Lionel Sidney Lawless (the son of Connell Lawless, likely Connell Hugh Buchanan Lawless, and of Annie Howard) and Bernice/Beatrice A. Walker (the daughter of Frederick Walker and Mary DaSilva). Lionel was born in Trinidad, to a father of Welsh, English, and Irish descent, and an Afro-Caribbean mother. Bernice was born in Saint Kitts, to an Afro-Caribbean father and a Portuguese mother.
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