Broadway Star And Tap Dance Icon, Maurice Hines, Passes Away At 80

Broadway performer Maurice Hines, who was also the brother of tap dance superstar Gregory Hines, has passed away. He was 80.

Jordan Strohl, the executive director of the Actors Fund Home in Englewood, New Jersey, confirmed to PEOPLE that Maurice passed away on Friday from natural causes while residing in an assisted living facility. As an actor in a leading role in a musical, Maurice received a Tony Award nomination in 1986 for Uptown…It’s Hot!

His other Broadway credentials include from the 1981 production of Bring Back Birdie and the 2006 production of Hot Feet, which he choreographed. He debuted on Broadway in The Girl in Pink Tights in 1954. The New Yorker from Harlem originally came to the attention of the public when he was on the road with his father, Maurice Sr., and his younger brother, Gregory, who passed away from cancer in 2003, as part of a dance performance entitled Hines, Hines & Dad.

The family appeared collectively on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1963. In the Francis Ford Coppola film The Cotton Club (1984), Maurice and Gregory portrayed rival brothers Clay and Sandman Williams, which was about the famous jazz club in Harlem. They performed together as the Hines Brothers early in their careers, but their relationship had problems in real life.

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