Hinton Battle, a recipient of three Tony Awards and a Broadway star passed away at the age of 67 on Tuesday, Debbie Allen confirmed his demise on social media.
Allen wrote on Instagram, “Today I honor Hinton Battle, my dear friend who left us to dance and sing in God’s Ensemble last night,” adding, “He fought this battle to live and be creative impacting audiences and young people across the globe.”
“Let us always hold him high in our hearts and in our mind’s eye and forever speak his name,” the Fame star added.
BroadwayWorld broke the news of his passing.
His passion for performing ignited during an elementary school production of The Nutcracker, and later, on a scholarship, he attended Washington D.C.’s Jones-Haywood School of Ballet, as revealed in a 2023 interview.
At the age of 15, he marked his Broadway debut as the Scarecrow in The Wiz, as detailed in his MSA Talent Agency bio.
Following The Wiz, the artist, born in Germany, went on to feature in productions such as Dancin’, Sophisticated Ladies, Dreamgirls, The Tap Dance Kid, Miss Saigon, and Chicago, according to Playbill.
Battle earned three Tony Awards for his outstanding performances in Sophisticated Ladies (1981), The Tap Dance Kid (1984), and Miss Saigon (1991).
He earned dual acknowledgements at the Drama Desk Awards, receiving nominations for outstanding featured actor in a musical for both The Wiz in 1975 and The Tap Dance Kid in 1984.
Transitioning from the stage to the screen in his later career, Battle took on roles in various television shows, such as Quantum Leap, Sweet Justice, High Incident, and Touched by an Angel.
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