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William Greaves

William Greaves (born in New York City, October 8, 1926) is a documentary filmmaker and one of the pioneers of African-American filmmaking. He has produced over two hundred documentary films writing and directing more than half of them. Greaves has also garnered numerous award nominations and accolades for his work including four Emmy nominations, one of which he won for his work as executive producer on the African-American news program Black Journal. William Greaves was born in New York City on October 8, 1926 to Garfield and Emily Greaves. After graduating from the elite Stuyvesant High School at the age of eighteen, Greaves attended City College of New York to study science and engineering, but eventually dropped out to pursue a career in theatre. Starting as a dancer, he eventually moved into acting, working in The American Negro Theatre. In 1948, Greaves joined The Actor's Studio and studied alongside the likes of Marlon Brando, Julie Harris, Anthony Quinn, Shelley Winters, and others. During this time, he undertook a number of roles on the stage and in the theatre, but eventually grew dissatisfied with the roles in which he was being cast.

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