Hinton Battle worked in a variety of genres and built up a diverse and reputable career. He had a part on the television special "Happy Birthday, Hollywood!" (1986-87). He also appeared in the TV movie "The Alamo: 13 Days to Glory" (1986-87). A regular on the awards show circuit, he made an appearance on "The 39th Annual Tony Awards" (1984-85). He also landed roles in movies like the Daryl Haney action film "Daddy's Boys" (1988). As a composer, Battle created music for the comedy "Playing for Keeps" (1986) with Danny Jordano. His film career continued throughout the nineties in productions like "Foreign Student" (1994). He appeared in a number of television specials, including "Star-athon '92: A Weekend With the Stars" (1991-92) and "The Boys" (1991-92). Additionally, he appeared on the television special "The Kennedy Center 25th Anniversary Celebration" (1995-96). Battle last acted on "Smash" (2011-13).
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Made his stage debut in "Shim Sham" at the Allentown Pennsylvania Stage Company
Had his breakthrough stage role, the Scarecrow in "The Wiz," the award-winning, all-black modern adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz"
Appeared in "Dancin'," directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, and toured with the show before returning to Broadway in 1980
Appeared as James Thunder Early in the Michael Bennett-directed musical "Dreamgirls"
Co-starred in the revue "Sophisticated Ladies," for which he received his first Tony Award; he toured on and off with the show over a four-year period (1982-1986)
Had a featured role in "The Tap Dance Kid," starring Alfonso Ribeiro, for which he garnered his second Tony Award
Acted in the British telefilm "A Night on the Town"
Made his first US TV movie, "The Alamo: 13 Days to Glory" (NBC)
Made his feature acting debut in a bit role as a piano player in "Daddy's Boys"
Returned to Broadway in "Miss Saigon," for which he won his third Tony Award
Served as associate choreographer and music editor on the ABC variety special "The Boys"
Had his biggest onscreen role in "Foreign Student," and served as choreographer and song performer
Played the slick mouthpiece Billy Flynn in the highly-praised revival of "Chicago"
Portrayed Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in the ABC biopic "Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story"