Hines was living out his final years at an assisted living facility for elderly entertainers, deemed the Actors Fund Home, in Englewood, New Jersey, before dying of natural causes. People confirmed the news by the facility’s executive director, Jordan Strohl.
Growing up in Harlem, New York, he belonged to a family of performers. Through their shared skill of dance, specifically in tap, he was part of a father and sons dance show called “Hines, Hines & Dad” with his younger sibling Gregory and their patriarch, Maurice Sr. Their success led to a performance on the “Ed Sullivan Show” in 1963.
Hines’ career in Broadway extended to generations, getting his start in 1954 with “The Girl In Pink Tights.” He was nominated for his first Tony Award in 1986 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for “UpTown…Its Hot!” The musical was an anthology depicting the history of Black music, and was created and directed by Hines himself.
The performer was an acclaimed director and choreographer, utilizing his gifts for the national tour of Louis Armstrong’s musical biography Satchmo. He is remembered by a fellow African-American legend in theater and film, Debbie Allen, who paid homage to her former director.
“Maurice Hines, I was your first leading lady in a show, ‘Guys and Dolls’”’ and I will always treasure our journey together,” expressed Allen. “My tears are for my inability to speak with you or to hold you. I will ALWAYS SPEAK YOUR NAME. See you on the other side.”
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Source: Black Enterprise