Date of Birth : Apr 9th 1932
The pint?sized son of comedian Mickey Katz was born in Cleveland and made his professional debut with his father while still a youngster. Although he headed road companies or served as Broadway replacements for leads, he did not gain major attention until he appeared as the Master of Ceremonies in the musical Cabaret (1966). Walter Kerr, writing about Cabaret in the Times, described how he “burst from the darkness like a tracer bullet . . . Mr. Grey is cheerful, charming, soulless and conspiratorially wicked.” His other Broadway success was impersonating George M. Cohan in the musical George M! (1968). Grey returned to both roles in stock for many seasons. His other performances of note include the Dauphin of France in Goodtime Charley (1975), movie director Stony McBride in Marco Polo Sings a Solo (1977), Jewish refugee S. L. Jacobowsky in The Grand Tour (1977), chump Amos Hart in Chicago (1996), and the Wizard of Oz in Wicked (2003).