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Actor, Dancer, Singer, Photographer, New York

American Academy Distinguished Visitor - Class of Fall 2004

Joel Grey is a world renowned actor, dancer, singer, and photographer. He is best known for his role as Master of Ceremonies in the stage and film versions of Kander and Ebb’s musical Cabaret. In 1973, Grey won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Cabaret as well as a Tony Award and a Golden Globe Award. Grey has also appeared in many hit Broadway shows such as Come Blow Your Horn, Half a Sixpence, George M!, Goodtime Charley, The Grand Tour, Chicago, Wicked, and Anything Goes.


In addition to theater, Grey has starred in various movies: Cabaret, A Christmas Carol, The Fantasticks, and Dancer in the Dark, and has made various TV show appearances. In 2013, Grey received a lifetime achievement award for his continued support of Broadway for over four decades from the National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene.


Grey is also a published photographer; his first book of photography, Pictures I Had to Take, was published in 2003. He has published two other books of his photography: Looking Hard at Unexpected Things (2006) and Images from My Phone (2009). In 2011 the Museum of the City of New York had an exhibit of his work titled “Joel Grey/A New York Life.”

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